Nits – the taboo subject which plagues those with nursery and school age children. One of the things I dislike is how parents seem intent to shame those who have the misfortune of having them. School parenting forums are rife with accusatory posts and boasts of how their children are ‘nit free’.
The witch hunt approach is not helpful, we should be building each other up, not tearing each other apart for something which isn’t even the parents fault. There are many myths surrounding headlice, including that they like dirty hair, when in fact they don’t have a preference for any hair type.
When I was approached by Mumsnet and asked if I would like to receive a copy of their book on the subject, I was happy to. Anything which normalises this taboo subject is a positive, in my opinion.
I received the book, which is titled ‘How to Blitz Nits (and Other Nasties)’ along with a NittyGritty Nit Free Comb to combat those nasty nits when they inevitably return with the new school year.
I love that the book includes tips from real mums, as well as plenty of in-depth information on nits, threadworms, ringworm, warts, poo and sick. It’s written in a totally non-judgemental way, with the aim to make mums feel less alone and I think this really works.
The book is set out in chapters and each ‘nasty’ has a handy ‘know your enemy’ section which provides the facts in a fun way. With three children there’s always something to catch us off guard, and I think the book will be brilliant to have to hand.
The nitty gritty comb is meant to be excellent at not just removing the headlice (the fully formed bugs), but also the nits and eggs themselves, which treatments often miss. I know that it will come in useful when the kids go back to school next term and inevitably come home with them at some point!
This is a collaborative post with Mumsnet and Bloomsbury. I was sent the book along with the nitty gritty comb for the purpose of this post, however all opinions and photos are my own.