Millions of parasites crawl through a child’s hair each day, however, now there appears to be an outbreak of head lice in what experts have reported as an extreme case of head lice. This is where a mother is shown combing millions of bugs out of her daughter’s hair.
It shows a mother struggling to run a fine-toothed nit comb through her daughter’s rough locks, which appear to be filled with white and green creepy crawlies, as the camera centres on the comb, as countless wriggling lice is revealed.
Many infestations are extremely common in the United Kingdom, and in Europe, but not to this kind of level.
These kinds of cases are noted in cases of neglect of children or the elderly. It is further seen in cases of homeless people. Head Lice, also known as pediculosis capitis, are tiny bugs that exist in human hair, which grows to the size of a sesame seed.
They feed by biting the scalp and feeding on blood. The females lay eggs near to the root of the hair so they are kept warm by the scalp, and these then incubate into additional lice which reproduce and increase. In bad cases, children frequently develop a condition called plica polonica, where all the hairs get glued together and can’t be brushed.
To treat it, you have to cut off all the hair, because grooming and shampoo would not work. Nits are glued like a cement to the hair by the mother louse, extremely near to the skin. So you just have to cut the hair extremely short so the female lice don’t lay eggs.
Even if the child gets treatment, they will still get lice for about a year, as the old nits become perceptible. One underused procedure of treating head lice is to use antibiotics, because all human lice has a bacterium living inside them.
If you treat the person with antibiotics, it’s probable the lice will die, because it kills this bacterium inside of them, and they can’t remain alive without it. It also means that if head lice can be cured with antibiotics, why are we not treated with antibiotics in the first place, rather than having to pay out a cargo of cash on over the counter cures that frequently don’t always work, because any simple, mild antibiotic will kill the lice.
It is true that numerous parents don’t examine their children’s hair as much as they should, and that’s why some children end up with extremely severe head lice, and other children not so bad. Even so, what happened to the head lice caregiver that we used to see in schools many moons ago, they seem to be a thing of the past.
Health and safety took them away because they might offend someone, and in some schools, they won’t even send letters out to tell parents that it’s going around.
It’s probably one of the more vivid childhood memories among the over 30’s. At least once a year, the entire school would line up in the passageway, and stay there until you were seen by Nitty Nora the bug explorer, or then recognised as the “nit nurse”, who would prod around pupils’ heads looking for the revealing indications of an infestation of head lice.
Nora was phased out in the 1980s and 90s on the grounds that her attempts were intrusive and humiliating for children, and because a yearly school visit could not possibly stop every eruption. Instead, the burden was put on families to identify and treat. However, almost 30 years on, parents say the system is failing, and they want the nit nurse back.
In the last two years, there have been at least four petitions on the prime minister’s e-petitions website calling for the return of the nit nurse, and the matter is a hot subject among mothers on parental support websites. An ongoing online survey, carried out by netmums.com, reports that nearly 88% of parents want to see the nit nurse back in schools.
Personally, I’m convinced that bringing back the nit nurse as the main source of detection and treatment is the answer, but only on a uniform basis because even the nit nurse can miss an infested head, but I also believe that school nurses have a role to play in teaching parents, mainly during school holidays.
The whole matter of head lice seems to remain very stigmatised, and is seemingly an extremely difficult matter to raise. However, it’s not as complicated as we are told it is, as many mother’s will keep in touch with other mother’s to let them know there is an outbreak without feeling at all embarrassed. However, it’s less costly for the government to make you believe that it’s, just so they don’t have to pay out extra cash, and they will tell you that it’s because it’s against the child’s human rights, however, it’s okay for the child to walk about with nits, and pass it onto other children who also have a human right not to be infected. This is why you need somebody with medical understanding, who is respected by the community, to step in and get involved.
There is no shame in having head lice, head lice has been around for hundreds of years, and back when I was younger, going to see the nit nurse was no different then going to see the nurse to have your BCG, it was something you just done because you would sooner have nitty nora the bug explorer sift through your hair, than walking about scratching your head all day.
Over the years, there seems to be more and more that schools have no power on what occurs to your child when they’re in school. The duty is always on the parents, and there’s no caregiver to help a child if they are unwell whilst in school, because now they are all too worried that if they’re in contact with the child, they will be accused of doing something wrong, and will be hit with legal action.
A teacher can’t breathe without being worried regarding legal action by a parent, or the child. We’re so scared. That one day, our children might even be educated by robots, because after all, legal action can’t be taken against something that’s not human…