Head lice!

Michelle - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Alright so I've just been advised that one of the little girls in my care has head lice. We have checked our children (girl 7 and boy 2) and also advised the other parents but as of yet no one else has found nits or head lice on their children. I seriously don't think she got it here or we would have too but I've cleaned and sanitized as well as I could. My question is "How long to I keep her away from the other kids?" The mom gave her a treatment on sunday and is supposed to keep her home monday and tuesday. You can't repeat the treatment till 7 days later and it's not garanteed that the first one will kill everything. I've never dealt with head lice in my home but I worked in a dispensary before doing daycare so I know how bad a lice infestation can get. Any suggestions???

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User - posted on 12/15/2013

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I am dealing with this same question my daycare provider had an outbreak of lice in her home on wednesday and she said that friday they should be good to come back, but i do not feel that can possibly be true so we did not send them on fri sat or sun will it be safe on monday?

Mellissa - posted on 02/28/2009

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Here in New zealand in homebase care we can exclued the child with headlice and still get paid for thoses days, i find washing kids hair once a week with tea tree oil shampoo keeps head lice away. for us ladys if you happen to have the miss fortune of getting them, dye your hair a new colour or colour the same as your natural colour the cemacals in the dye kill headlice.

Michelle - posted on 01/23/2009

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I'm registered with the city and they pay me so I get paid for the whole week. They get 20 sick days a year so she just used up 5 in the first month. Too bad but I rather do it this way and get paid then have them all out because I have to close the doors and take care of my own kids and the clean up...that I don't get paid for!

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Jacki - posted on 09/09/2013

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im having this issue right now as I read all this. I run a dayhome and on wed foun a live lice in a little girls hair. called the parents they came and got her and were really nasty at first about it (as if it was my fault) they said they treated her and checked her and shes back today. I just rechecked her hair and foung a baby and about 4 eggs... so I called them again and they are not mad this time but surprised that I found some and they never did... so they are coming to get her. as she waits I have everything removed from the tv room and a shower cap on her head just so no one else catches them. they other kids ive checked and nothing and they are napping till shes picked up. this is the most stressfull thing ever. I don't want any parents upset with me but I don't want her back till shes fully in the clear....

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Till all the nits are gone. check really close for nits. It took me a long time to get rid of my daughters because I wasnt getting all the nits. I finally had to get a perscription medicine to get rid of them.

Kirsty - posted on 02/13/2009

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Your very lucky you have an exclusion period with head lice. I work in Australia and we got told we were unable to send a child home or refuse care for a child with head lice as it is exclusion. The child is not physically sick.. yet it is not fair on anyone except the child who has the lice. BUt unfortunatly there is not alot we can do about it now.   

Chantel - posted on 01/23/2009

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I guess it would be the same as sick days really. Were holding their spot so for a sick day I charge 1/2 of what they would normally pay for that day.

Chantel - posted on 01/21/2009

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I guess in our case its a it of an occupational hazard!! Bugs in general give me the heebie jeebies. Icky !!! Hopefully none of us will have to deal with them ever again ** crosses fingers **

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2009

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Thanks for all the replies, I've decide that she won't come back till monday. That way she can do another treatment over the weekend and make sure everything is gone. Unfortunately she hasn't contacted me since sunday so I don't know what's going on. I had to leave a message on her machine and wrote her an e-mail to explain further and she hasn't called back or written as of yet. Not too surprised she's one of those parents that you just have no idea what's going on. Thanks a lot for the help everyone. I think we've been lucky enough to have avoided lice for now, no one else in my care has it so hopefully we stay lucky!

Melissa - posted on 01/21/2009

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I would keep her out til every nit and is removed! No matter how long that is. you need to do what is best for your family and the other children in your care.

User - posted on 01/21/2009

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i work at a daycare centre and we allow children back when the lice is gone. when the child comes back, a supervisor or teacher will check the child's hair with the parent present to make sure its all gone - if any are found, the child is sent home to be treated again. we also advise other parents that we have had a case and suggest that parents add tea tree oil or hairspray to their childrens hair and make sure that all children with long hair wear ponytails

Suzanne - posted on 01/19/2009

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Where I am as long as parents have treated the child I am obliged to let them back into care.  I hare been told by many hairdresses that once initial treatment done it best to comb condtitoner through child's hair everyday for 10 days, it removes the eggs before they get a chance to hatch and as long as it is done they are usually gone by the end and no need for follow up treatment

Liz - posted on 01/19/2009

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I would advise her to keep her daughter home until ALL lice and nits are gone. If the next treatment cant be given until 7 days then I would tell her until at least then. I know that it may be hard for her, but you have to look out for your kids and all the other kids in your care. If she comes back and still has them then you are risking the chance that others will get them. And if your kids get it then you wont be able to provide care for others. Best to just be safe and have her wait it out until everything is gone. Good Luck!

Chantel - posted on 01/19/2009

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Until shes been treated and all of the nits removed. The first treatment should kill any mature lice and then the second treatment will kill any nits that may have hatched after.



 



 I had to deal with the same thing a few months back...



 



My concern with all of this was that between the first treatment  a few might hatch and get passed on to a non infected child. I actually asked the dad to keep the little guy home until after the second treatment and he was fine with that. He was very considerate and didnt want to inconvienience any of the other families.



 



According to Public health you should keep checking your own children for up to two - three weeks because there might not be any visable signs ( freshly hatched lice are very very tiny  and dont lay eggs until mature) of head lice ... but they still may have it.  I kept checking all of  my kids and my day care kids for weeks after the initial outbreak. Two weeks later one other child had one mature louse and many many nits. So be careful!! I also tossed any pillows and wrapped everything in my house that was soft like stuffed animals, throw pillows etc ... in garbage bags  and left em there for six weeks and it did the trick. My family managed to dodge the bullet thankfully. I may have went a little overoard with the cleaning but it made me feel a little better knowing I was doing something. I reeeeeeeally hope I never have to deal with that ever again.

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