Thursday, November 18
I felt myself getting upset. For the past 4 months almost continuously we've been treating my family for head lice. It drives me crazy. Even thinking about it makes my head itchy, writing this I'm even scratching. Now apparently they located crawling ones (eww) and eggs but when I got to school I couldn't find any live lice and a few (and I'm talking 3 people) eggs which I could remove from my fingernails... we had treated 2 days before so I knew she was not the culprit, however she was the only one sent home. She felt shamed and sad she was to miss swimming lessons.
So now I have gone into mega-lice-murder-mode. Whilst I do egg removal with specific solution, a metal comb and a white towel twice a week, a 'nuke' with a strong lice solution one other time a week and keep her hair back, hairspray it within an inch of it's life - we are still finding eggs (no live lice so at the beginning of the cycle) - just two or three but if we're still finding them - there's still someone in her class with a full infestation. We have eliminated everything else - linens, towels, brushes, dog, everything!
The school is trying to help by sending notes, they have once even said they would be inspecting hair for infestations, but I don't think the parents are doing it routinely or thoroughly enough to eradicate it.
This is frustrating as a mother of three girls with long hair, Eloise and myself have very thick hair - it's time consuming and expensive!
Clearly my school/class isn't the only one with lice problems - this press release sent yesterday I found quite interesting:
A parent has successfully held Clairgate Primary School in St Clair NSW, liable for head lice treatment costs after being successfully treated at the No More Nitz Head Lice Salon, Parramatta, Sydney. This ground breaking news is a landmark case for all families across Australia and brings an alarming awakening for all State and Federal Government Health & Education Departments.
“It was confirmed today that Ms Daldy was reimbursed by the Clairgate Primary School for specialist head lice treatments to the value of $294.95” says Jennifer Holt, Director of No More Nitz.
The Government and schools have FAILED in their duty of care to provide a healthy school environment for the Daldy family and others like them around Australia.
This is the first landmark case of its kind in Australia since the inception of No More Nitz in Parramatta. The long term effects of this case will ultimately result in an onslaught of additional similar cases in public health negligence if the Government fail to act NOW in moving community health forward by taking on and acknowledging Head Lice as a major health problem effecting more Australians more than ever. This case is the proof parents, children and families have been waiting for, to assist them in their fight against head lice infestations at school and in the community.
No More Nitz are assisting parents by petitioning parliament in a bid to;
• Introduce and publicly fund a Mobile Head Lice Treatment Pilot Program in NSW;
And on a National level
• Secure Medicare subsidisation for head lice treatments with No More Nitz Specialised Head Lice Treatment Salon/s.
I would love this, head lice drives me crazy!! What do you think?
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