Is it time for a bit of finger-pointing when it comes to nits?

PUBLISHED: 07:18 15 June 2018

They may have masses of hair but there's no way my girls are going to be Nitty Noras. Picture: submitted

They may have masses of hair but there's no way my girls are going to be Nitty Noras. Picture: submitted


I’m about to start what could be a one-woman campaign to bring back the nit nurse.

Prevention is better than cure so I  take the time to comb these locks with a nit comb to check for wee beasties, Picture: submittedPrevention is better than cure so I take the time to comb these locks with a nit comb to check for wee beasties, Picture: submitted

Remember the nit nurse? That stern looking woman who made the whole school line up so she could poke about in their hair with what looked like a crochet hook.

I can’t say I was a fan. Her rummaging through my curly hair made it even frizzier and she didn’t say a word, apart from ‘next’.

A couple of children in the school might get slips of paper, which no doubt said ‘Your child has nits, deal with them’ or something equally to the point.

I don’t remember getting nits, or anyone I knew getting them when I was at school. But now I have school age children and friends with school age children and it seems every school has an ongoing nit problem.

But now there’s no nit nurse, and apparently if there were, they wouldn’t be allowed to tell an individual child if they had nits. A class can be told there are nits in school, but the parents of those children carrying the wretched creepy-crawlies can’t be singled out.

If one of my children had nits and I, for some reason, hadn’t realised, I would want to know.

But we’re considered too sensitive these days for fingers to be pointed, so schools have to rely on parents being parents and working it out for themselves.

But unless everyone takes the trouble to properly comb their children’s hair through once or twice a week, how are they going to know if their child has them? How will they know it could be their child who is possibly the cause of the wretched things crawling from head to head?

Head lice aren’t fussy, they don’t care if hair is clean or not, curly, straight, frizzy, blond, red, black or brown. They want to feed on your head, it’s that simple.

Who wants their child to be the ‘nitty Nora’ of the class? Why neglect a peaceful few minutes with their child to comb their freshly washed hair and double check every week?

If I can comb my girls’ very long, very thick and, in Keola’s case, very knotty and curly hair through properly twice a week, why can’t some parents be bothered? If ever I find any, I deal with them, tell the parents of her best friends and tell school.

Combing only takes about 40 minutes, but I know some parents aren’t doing it – because I know schools where those notes saying ‘there are nits reported in class’ regularly come home and, apparently, it’s sometimes the same children who clearly haven’t had their nit infestation solved effectively – or at all.

Sort it out parents, or is it time for the return of the nit nurse?

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