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Of life and lice

Teachers are modern day superheroes. They gently introduce our little ones to a love of learning and creativity, yet they are tough enough to manage anything that could affect their little charges. Even the horror of head lice in the classroom.

Not so most moms who dread the arrival of those unwelcome little visitors during the warm months.

Turns out, there is a South African head lice policy for schools to follow. If an outbreak is suspected children are inspected for nits, the little eggs that head lice lay and glue to the base of the hair. Nits are easier to spot than adult head lice which move quite quickly. Nits hatch within seven days, so the closer a nit is to the scalp the fresher it is. Nit casings a centimeter or more from the scalp have already hatched.

If nits are spotted, parents are called, and the child goes home. As South Africa has a “no nit” policy, she can only come back after having been treated and when all traces of nits and lice have been combed out.

Yes, it’s a worry, but chin up mom, Controlice® is the safe and trusted product range and method that moms have used successfully for over 15 years. Their website  at  has reassuring information about the little enemies and how to keep them away.

  • Controlice® Oil Spray (60 ml around R152) or Controlice® Head Rinse (100 ml around R132) both eliminate head lice.
  • As all nits and dead head lice must be combed out, a reusable Controlice® comb is a great investment.


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