Why is it, that just a few days after returning from a break we are getting these so soon. Do parents not take precautions in getting rid of these pests? or check their child's hair whilst they don't have such a hectic schedule? and don't get me started on the frequency these letters seem to come home especially when you check your child's hair every weekend but it seems no one else does. Luckily for me, My Three are all boys so any visitors can be easily eradicated should they wish to descend upon us. But I have many friends who have daughters with beautiful long hair who despair when they get the letters home as they know it means hours of combing and searching to ensure that any critters are dealt with asap... but we're clearly the ones in the minority as not everyone does this - if they did we wouldn't get the blooming letters would we.
Touch wood the boys have only ever had headlice once and they won't get them again anytime soon. I know this is because I take preventative measures now rather than just leaving it to fate. When the boys have their bath or shower I wash their hair using a special shampoo that is designed to deter headlice. Once a week I also comb through their hair after it's been washed with a Nitty Gitty nit comb just to make sure that there are no critters setting up camp.
Headlice treatments have certainly come a long way since I was little - I have memories of sitting between my mum's legs and her spending hours with a comb trying to find the nasties, nowadays you can use a one off treatment that only needs to be left on 15 minutes before rinsing off.
But when the boys school send the letters home I use Vamousse Protective Shampoo (£9.99). It can be used instead of a regular shampoo and is suitable to use on all members of the family over the age of two.
The shampoo is simple to use:
- Apply a generous amount of shampoo to wet hair, work into a lather and massage into scalp. Leave shampoo on hair for at least 3 minutes. Rinse.
- For best results, use the shampoo daily for at least 2 weeks