Monthly Archives: September, 2018

Head Lice and Nits

The following is taken from the NHS website. Please refer to this for further information.

Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don’t have anything to do with dirty hair and are usually picked up from head-to-head contact.

Head lice are small insects, up to 3mm long, and can be difficult to spot.

Head lice eggs (nits) are yellow, brown or white (empty shells) and attached to the hair.

Head lice sometimes can make your head feel:
•itchy
•like something is moving in your hair

The only way to be sure someone has head lice is by finding live lice or eggs.

You can do this by combing their hair with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb). You can buy these online or at pharmacies.

How to get rid of head lice

You can treat head lice without seeing a GP.
Treat head lice as soon as you spot them. You should check everyone in the house and treat them on the same day if they have head lice.

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.

Wet combing

Lice and nits can be removed by wet combing. This method should be tried first.

You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits.

There will be instructions on the pack to follow, but typically you:
•use the comb on wet or dry hair – although it usually works best on wet hair with conditioner
•comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends
•repeat every few days for 2 weeks

It usually takes about 10 minutes to comb short hair, and 20 to 30 minutes for long, frizzy or curly hair.

Medicated lotions and sprays

Ask your pharmacist for advice if you have tried wet combing for 2 weeks, but your child still has head lice or nits.

They may recommend using medicated lotions and sprays. These kill head lice in all types of hair, and you can buy them from pharmacies, supermarkets or online.

Head lice should die within a day. Lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs.

Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.

Check the pack to see if they’re OK for you or your child and how to use them.

If lotions or sprays don’t work, speak to your pharmacist about other treatments.

Some treatments aren’t recommended because they’re unlikely to work.

For example:
•products containing permethrin
•head lice “repellents”
•electric combs for head lice
•tree and plant oil treatments, such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil herbal remedies

You can’t prevent head lice

There’s nothing you can do to prevent head lice. You can reduce the risk of lice spreading by avoiding head-to-head contact.

Don’t use medicated lotions and sprays to prevent head lice. This can irritate the scalp.

There’s no need for children to stay off school, or to wash laundry on a hot wash.

Healthy Sleep Tips for Children

The following useful information is taken from the NHS website.
Good sleep is important for your child’s physical and mental wellbeing.
A relaxing bedtime routine is one important way to help your child get a good night’s sleep.
Relaxation tips to help sleep-
Doing the same relaxing things in the same order and at the same time each night helps promote good sleep:
• A warm (not hot) bath will help your child relax and get ready for sleep.
• Keeping lights dim encourages your child’s body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.
• Once they’re in bed, encourage your child to read quietly, or listen to some relaxing music, or read a story together.
• Try the breathing exercise below.
Breathing exercise for stress-
This calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere. You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine.
You can do it standing up, sitting in a chair that supports your back, or lying on a bed or yoga mat on the floor.

Make yourself as comfortable as you can. If you can, loosen any clothes that restrict your breathing.
If you’re lying down, place your arms a little bit away from your sides, with the palms up. Let your legs be straight, or bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor.
If you’re sitting, place your arms on the chair arms.
If you’re sitting or standing, place both feet flat on the ground. Whatever position you’re in, place your feet roughly hip-width apart.
• Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
• Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
• Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from one to five. You may not be able to reach five at first.
• Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from one to five again, if you find this helpful.
• Keep doing this for three to five minutes.

Know how much sleep your child needs-
The amount of sleep your child needs changes as they get older. Below are the approximate hours of sleep needed by children of different ages, as recommended by the Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic.
4 year olds – 11 hrs 30 mins
5 year olds – 11 hrs
6 year olds – 10 hrs 45 mins
7 year olds – 10 hrs 30 mins
8 year olds – 10 hours 15 mins
9 year olds – 10 hours
10 year olds – 9 hours 45 mins
11 year olds – 9 hours 30 mins

Avoid screens in the bedroom-
Tablets, smartphones, TVs and other electronic gadgets can affect how easily children get to sleep. Older children may also stay up late, or even wake in the middle of the night to use social media. Try to keep your child’s bedroom a screen-free zone, and get them to charge their phones in another room. Encourage your child to stop using screens an hour before bedtime.

Young Carers

Who is a Young Carer?

A young carer is someone under 18 who cares for any family member who is physically, or mentally ill, frail, elderly, disabled or misuses alcohol or substances.
Do you think there may be a young carer in your family? If so, please let us know so that we can support your child and have a look at the different independent support groups (called Young Carer Projects) who can help. They provide various levels of help, advice and information.

Please have a look at the following sites for more information;
www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/supportyoungpeople/youngcarers

https://carers.org/about-us/about-young-carers

https://carers.org/

Useful Links

Hampshire County Council

The Children’s Society

Carers Trust

Babble Online Chat for Young Carers Under 18’s

Matter Online Support for Young Adult Carers 18-25’s

SPACE Online Community for Adult Carers

NSPCC

Childline

Young Minds

Getting To School On Time

As we are heading in to our third week of term, attendance levels and punctuality are being carefully monitored.

Is your child getting to school on time?
Why is punctuality so important?
•Children that arrive late are likely to have missed the start of the lesson which makes it more difficult for them to learn as the lesson progresses.
•Late arrivals distract classmates and interrupt the teacher’s lesson.
•Children that arrive late are likely to feel unsettled and are embarrassed to walk into assembly once it has started.
•Children that arrive late are developing bad habits for the future whether it be at secondary school, college or work. They could lose their place or job, if they think it is acceptable to be late.

The school day starts promptly at 8.50am. The register is taken twice a day; once at the start of the morning session and once at the start of the afternoon session. Children will receive a late mark if they are not in class by 8.50am. School is open from 8.00am for Breakfast club and the playgrounds are open from 8.30am.

We look forward to seeing your child in class, on time and ready to learn.