Makes Me Sad... - page 2

... to see a 16 year old with a wig on due to lice. I just want to cry. Friday I sent a Little Darling home with the 2nd worst cast of an infestation of lice I have ever seen. She had attempted to... Read More

  1. by   amoLucia
    One of the saddest stories I've ever come across. I've seen sad stories that rip your gut in LTC.

    But this one for kiddos I teared up.
  2. by   Txschoolrn
    So sad I had a kid come in with a shaved head and wearing jeans and a white shirt. When asked what happened, he said said that he lied about something to his dad, so dad made his shave his head and dad would be the only one who could pick out his clothes. Just sad. I understand punishment is warranted, but not smashing a kids spirit and esteem to nothing. I reported it as well.
  3. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from Txschoolrn
    So sad I had a kid come in with a shaved head and wearing jeans and a white shirt. When asked what happened, he said said that he lied about something to his dad, so dad made his shave his head and dad would be the only one who could pick out his clothes. Just sad. I understand punishment is warranted, but not smashing a kids spirit and esteem to nothing. I reported it as well.
    Ugh...
  4. by   Been there,done that
    Never let them see you cry. Instead of crying, you should have reported directly to Child Protective Services.
  5. by   bsyrn
    That makes me angry...no child should have to deal with that.
  6. by   hppygr8ful
    In my humble opinion the whole lice thing would be solved if schools adopted a more sensible approach to treatment and eradication of lice. Not every parent is equipped with the patience required to meticulously comb and nit pick until the scalp is cleared. Heck I work in adolescent psych and I have staff that are paid to do it and can't get it right. The CDC position on head lice is that they are normal human flora and in many cases are resistant to the chemicals used to kill them. The only thing I have seen really work is combing the scalp with olive oil which we are currently forbidden to do as it is not Evidence Based Practice. (We do it anyway LOL)

    As for the whole head shaving thing - I can see where some parents may believe this is the only solution. Certainly short hair is easier to keep clean and comb out nits but to shave a kids head is really sad. We have a lot of people in our local community from India and I have seen a fair amount if head shaving as a form of discipline. We always report it but it usually gets determined as over aggressive parenting and education classes for the parents.

    Hppy
  7. by   OyWithThePoodles
    Quote from hppygr8ful
    In my humble opinion the whole lice thing would be solved if schools adopted a more sensible approach to treatment and eradication of lice. Not every parent is equipped with the patience required to meticulously comb and nit pick until the scalp is cleared. Heck I work in adolescent psych and I have staff that are paid to do it and can't get it right. The CDC position on head lice is that they are normal human flora and in many cases are resistant to the chemicals used to kill them. The only thing I have seen really work is combing the scalp with olive oil which we are currently forbidden to do as it is not Evidence Based Practice. (We do it anyway LOL)

    As for the whole head shaving thing - I can see where some parents may believe this is the only solution. Certainly short hair is easier to keep clean and comb out nits but to shave a kids head is really sad. We have a lot of people in our local community from India and I have seen a fair amount if head shaving as a form of discipline. We always report it but it usually gets determined as over aggressive parenting and education classes for the parents.

    Hppy
    Respectfully, I disagree. Schools are underfunded and nurses are underpaid and understaffed in schools. The likelihood of lice being transmitted in the school setting is very slim, therefore, this is a home issue. And the issue will NOT be solved unless it is taken care of at home, not just treating the child, but linens, etc. I get that it takes a lot of patience to nit-pick. But for crying out loud, THEY are the parent. It is their job to care for their child. Unfortunately not all parents will, and we step in when we need to, but asking the schools to treat the children for lice...Not feasible. It's just adding to the entitlement that parents have in thinking that it is our job to parent their child.
  8. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from OyWithThePoodles
    Respectfully, I disagree. Schools are underfunded and nurses are underpaid and understaffed in schools. The likelihood of lice being transmitted in the school setting is very slim, therefore, this is a home issue. And the issue will NOT be solved unless it is taken care of at home, not just treating the child, but linens, etc. I get that it takes a lot of patience to nit-pick. But for crying out loud, THEY are the parent. It is their job to care for their child. Unfortunately not all parents will, and we step in when we need to, but asking the schools to treat the children for lice...Not feasible. It's just adding to the entitlement that parents have in thinking that it is our job to parent their child.
    You misunderstood me - I did not say that the parent should not be responsible for taking care of the problem. I simply stated that parents need more education and support in how to do this. I encounter many Hispanic parents who are illiterate and don't understand the instructions nor do they have the financial resources to treat these kids multiple times. We do the best we can to get the problem solved while they are in patient. I gave a parent and instruction sheet on how to treat their home while their child was inpatient and the kid came back again with the same problem. Then I sat with that parent and a translator and gave step by step verbal instruction even showing them how to part and comb the hair and this time the situation improved. There is whole cottage industry that has evolved around the eradication and treatment of head lice see Lice Treatment Centers of America, but their services can cost hundred of dollars and for a poor family just struggling to make ends meet this is not always possible. Head lice do no pose a significant public health risk and children should not be ostracized for having them. Calling the parent in to demonstrate proper combing would go along way. I spent 55 minutes last Saturday combing nits out of a girls hair. I did after a staff member went in for ten minutes and came out and said the head was clear. This is not as easy as it seems.

    Hppy
  9. by   tining
    We had a Family Health Fair last week and I chose to do a lice presentation. I had 2 posters of information, and a model for a live comb out demonstration. Coupons for treatment. Several types of combs. State Laws, Health Dept info, and school district policy.

    The parents did not want the information.
    The parents did not want the information.
    The parents did not want the information.
    The parents did not want the information.

    The other vendors were very interested and I did my presentation for them.

    I will continue to send my detailed info home for the student and now by state law notify the class. I was really surprised by the lack of interest especially since some of these kids have had repeat cases.
  10. by   Viviana
    My oldest daughter, who is in nursing school now, was one of these children. She caught head lice repeatedly, but her younger sister never caught it, though they slept in the same bed. It was incredibly expensive to keep treating her and the house, washing everything at the laundromat again and again. I cut her hair in a bob, hoping that would help, but it didn't.

    I began treating my children for head lice with Nix on the day before school started. I did this because of the residual effect of the Nix and this is what worked. Later when I graduated from nursing school and worked in public health, I learned to use an oil based hair dressing or spray, and this worked well for my patients. I have no idea why.
  11. by   ctate
    LD was back yesterday. The counselor told me she called student's class and asked the teacher about student. She gave teacher an abbreviated "LD head was shaved and she wanted to know if teacher was seeing any bullying)" Teacher look at student and said he/she did not notice student was wearing a wig. Hopefully this will continue until the break and her hair will grow out some so they can do something cute with it.
  12. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from ctate
    LD was back yesterday. The counselor told me she called student's class and asked the teacher about student. She gave teacher an abbreviated "LD head was shaved and she wanted to know if teacher was seeing any bullying)" Teacher look at student and said he/she did not notice student was wearing a wig. Hopefully this will continue until the break and her hair will grow out some so they can do something cute with it.
    Sometimes kids will expect a fallout and there isn't one. While they can be super mean, they can also support each other fiercely. Kids can surprise you and I love them for it.
  13. by   ctate
    Quote from JenTheSchoolRN
    Sometimes kids will expect a fallout and there isn't one. While they can be super mean, they can also support each other fiercely. Kids can surprise you and I love them for it.
    I love it when it doesn't go the way I think, badly, but student's being supportive.


    I had this happen early on (approx 10 yrs) with my worst infestation seen. The major difference was she already had a bad rep due to having a baby in MS. Sadly this LD dropped out because the student's at that time were relentless.

    I've always said our LD an be toots, but if I were in trouble they would be there to help. Hurricane Harvey showed how much our student's care.

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