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The brown word

At the school where I work, a courtesy note is sent home should head lice be in the class. Parents are asked to notify the class teacher if their child has nits. I rarely have to be notified from the parents. There’s that all too obvious way the child scratches their head. The head and the hand move to relieve the insanely annoying itch that is caused by the infestation. The funny thing is, once the note has gone home, the parent of that very child who was scratching all too obviously, comes to tell me that their child has nits. 

Each time I send the note home (which in my opinion is not a ‘courtesy’ note, it’s a warning to investigate every scratch, itch or bug that you see in the house), I let the children know that someone in the class does have head lice. I tell them it’s a normal part of being a kid (then little Sally lets me know she’s never had them, all in good time, Sally, all in good time), that I even had them (errrr in one of my university field experiences, just to add to the stress of being a uni student), and that Mums and Dads just need to have a quick check and then treat their hair if they have any. There’s even a cute book about an all too precious little girl who has nits that I often read. 

Any way, this one particular day, I handed the note out and before I could start talking kindly about the situation, one girl told me she had nits, without the itching and scratching… 

“Yep, got the crawlers. Mum found ’em this morning. She said the brown word. Not looking forward to tonight! **RAISES EYE BROWS TO OTHER KIDS AS IF THEY KNOW WHAT SHE’S IN FOR**”

I too, said the brown word when I found them in my hair as a 19 year old uni student visiting a Prep classroom. 

It’s not all about the kids…

Sometimes, parents say interesting things to me also. One particular parent amused me more than others. She dropped her child off, looking rather frazzled. Her child was away the day before and I asked if he was alright. She reported he had ‘super nits’. She disclosed she’s never seen them so big in her life. She then said, 

“You know, my head was itchy all ay yesterday just thinking about it. I’m so pleased adults can’t get nits.”

Hating to be the bearer of bad news, but needed to tell the truth, I said, 

“Adults can, and do, get nits.”

I’ve never seen anyones eyes so wide. She grabbed her hair, and ran like the wind. I think she had super nits too. 

While we’re on the topic of head lice, I’ll share a few natural remedies with you to keep them away and get rid of them should you have them (note, this advice is for CHILDREN AND FOR ADULTS!!). 

DETERRANTS: 

Coconut oil

Zinc (drops and increase in your diet)

Tea tree

BOMBS TO KILL THE SUCKERS:

Mayonnaise (they hate the acidity and it makes it easy to comb them out as it makes your hair nice and slippery)

Vinegar (for eggs only- the eggs make a natural glue so they stick to your hair shaft and the vinegar kills the glue so they slide out easily)

Oil- I use oil to comb out the lice as again, it makes your hair slippery

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