Nits – A Teacher’s Point of View *GIVEAWAY*

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I’ve had my fair share of nit experiences as a primary school teacher. They are not in any way fun. In fact, it’s amazing how these tiny little insects can create such a fuss. It can be emotionally distressing for the children involved and the parents. Sometimes, the parents can become quite harsh and judgemental towards other parents whose children have nits as well.

WHAT TO TELL CHILDREN

The fact is, it’s so important to encourage children to be tolerant of others with nits. There’s no need to ignore the fact by playing with eachother’s hair or rubbing heads! But there is definitely no need to display the fact a child has nits, by sitting half way across the room from them and excluding them from games. That can be seriously damaging and hurtful to the child and they are most likely already feeling terrible that they have nits in the first place. So please encourage your child to try and act ‘normal’ towards children with nits.

It can be frustrating when you constantly hear about the same child with nits, and then later find some in your own child’s hair. You might start playing the blame game and saying that because of that ‘other’ child yours keeps getting nits too! Please, if you think that, try not to say it to your child. Because most likely that will not hurt the parents, but the child with the nits, and it really isn’t fair that they should have to suffer with friendships because they have head lice!

WHAT WOULD A TEACHER TELL YOU?

So what is a teacher’s advice then? If you are aware of the same person coming to school with nits and spreading them, don’t go directly to the parent! Argh! It happens all the time. It usually ends up in the parents having a huge misunderstanding and the teacher hearing it all from both sides. Please see the teacher first and voice your concerns in private. If you still aren’t satisfied, see the principal. Often this way, the issue at hand can be dealt with, without ‘finger pointing’ at children and their parents.

There’s a lot of debate online over whether children should be immediately sent home from school when they are found to have nits. The policies vary from state to state and some schools have their own policies too. There are pros and cons on either side of the debate so ensure you have asked your school what the policy is, and identify whether you are comfortable with it. You might be thrilled that children get sent home immediately when nits are identified in their hair…until it’s your child who gets sent home, time and time again and begins to feel ostracised and isolated from their peers. It is something worth seriously considering.

WHAT IF IT STRIKES IN YOUR HOME?

Now, if you ARE in the position where your child has nits, Michelle from Nit Free For Me suggests using an all natural treatment with nothing more than mayonnaise! The high oil content and viscosity of mayonnaise drown out the nits and is MUCH safer than using high chemical content products which are readily available in chemists/supermarkets. Mayonnaise is even easier to obtain and perfectly safe on a little one’s scalp! Please see the printable ERADICATE LICE for the steps on the mayonnaise process.

AFTER IT IS GONE, YOU CAN PREVENT IT!

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So you’ve done the mayonnaise treatment, the nits are ALL gone, but now what? Well it’s time to use a preventative. And that’s where Michelle’s Nit Free For Me comes in. At only $9.95 a bottle, it is made with beautifully scented, essential oils and is the perfect combination, put together by Michelle herself, to keep the pesky things away, for good!

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The mayonnaise treatment can be found again below in an easy PDF printable. Great to download and have on your fridge or in another safe place!

ERADICATE LICE – Mayonnaise Printable

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21 thoughts on “Nits – A Teacher’s Point of View *GIVEAWAY*

  • To be honest I can’t remember having nits, and my daughter hasn’t had the pleasure at this point,, so this is a preventative for the future!

  • When a friend of my sons stayed over and he could not stop itching his head. On closer inspection the poor boy had the biggest nits I had ever seen. He was too embarressed to tell his Mum. I did and she was good and got rid of them ASAP

  • So far we’ve managed to avoid nits. Especially thankful of this due to my daughters ever so long hair and hatred of a hairbrush! If it ever happens I think she’ll get her hair cut short! Do you know if any type of mayo can be used. My son has an egg allergy so I wouldn’t be able to use ‘proper’ mayo, but there are some cheaper ones out there that are egg free…

    • Mel, egg-free is fine. It’s the oil and vinegar in the mayo that kills the lice. The thickness of the mayo just makes it easier to work with. So, with or without egg and it’ll work just as well. Good luck!

  • I was fortunate enough to never have nits as a child, so when my own children started school I didn’t give nits a second thought, and thought that my incredibly itchy head was an allergy of some sort. Went to the doctor and he prescribed me a small fortune’s worth of antihistamines. While at the chemists handing over my prescription, a massive nit fell out of my hair onto the counter. “Never mind,” I said redfaced, snatching back the script and racing to find a nit treatment. Thanks doc.

  • Since starting school my son has had nits several times but this last lot is very hard to get rid of. After several treatments and conditioner comb throughs I am still finding eggs, arrgghhh!

  • It must be a teachers pet hate seeing these little critters raise their ugly heads, yet again. I love the tip on using mayonnaise. Thankfully my three have never experienced nits, YET, but I will certainly try and recommend the mayonnaise trick. I love a product that is so friendly to children’s scalps but a great preventative. I would love to win this to continue to keep these little critters at bay.

  • Nits are almost a rite of passage these days unfortunately, I can remember my Mum telling me some of the ways that used to be used for removing these unwanted guests, and I am just so glad that it is so easy these days:-)

  • Sitting in primary school assembly watching these “things” crawl around on the girls hair in front of me – ewwwwwww

  • Ive heard excellent things about this product. I remember having nits once as a kid and as my hair was thick and long, I clearly remember the agony of the fine toothed comb – ouch!!! I dread the day my son catches his first colony. If we can prevent it, thats awesome!!

  • My son bought home a notice to say headlice was detected in his class and I mentioned this to my mum, who told me she remembers getting nits as a child and my nanna pouring kerosene onto their head once a week to get rid of them and keep them away – EEEK!

  • I had never heard of mayonaise as a treatment, but i’m bound to give it a go! We get more than our fair share here in the tropics, and I hate them!!!

  • My kids have had nits once, and it was so bad it took us about 3 weeks to get rid of it. Now i spray tea tree oil and water in their hair every day and we have never had it since. Like the idea of the mayonnaise and if needed will definately give it a go.

  • when my daughter had her father, his partner and his child over for Christmas lunch, she found that mum and child were riddled with lice and she spent the rest of Christmas day getting rid of them

  • One of my daughters had nits constantly for 3 months until I tried the simple mayo method. Drama free and non irritating 🙂

  • My boys got infected badly last year and it didn’t seem to matter what I did they kept coming back. Obviously there was someone infected with them at school that wasn’t being treated and I ended up having to shave my boys heads.

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