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Schools back... So are the nits!
All kids love getting
in close, whether its
working on a project
together or giving their
friends a hug. Its cute
but also a great way
to spread head lice. So
getting head lice and
nits (head lice eggs) is
often linked to your
children going back to
First things frst, head
lice and nits are not due
to dirty hair. If your child
has nits you are not the
frst, nor will you be the
last parent of a child with
nits! It affects all of our
community. Just as it
is human nature that as
you read this article, you
will start to scratch your
Head lice are small
insects approximately 2
to 4 mm long. Eggs are
small and hard like a
grain of salt and range
from yellow-white to
brown in colour. Most
notably they are unlike
dandruff in that they stick
to the hair shaft and are
hard to remove. They are
usually found on the hair
very close to the scalp.
Interestingly, head lice
may affect girls more than
boys due to their closer
contact during play.
There are several
ways to treat nits. From
wet combing to chem-
ical treatments, electric
combs to natural pro-
ducts says Meredith,
pharmacist at St Heliers
Care Chemist. Which
method you select will
depend on personal
preferences, time avai-
lable and whether or
not you have already
your child. Speak to your
Care Chemist pharmacist
about which product
would best suit you.
We ve been fnding
that there is some
resistance out there to
certain treatments, says
Tahereh, pharmacist at
Glendowie Care Chemist
but if youre having a
repeat problem it can
often be from the way
in which youve used
the product or from re-
infestation from another
There are also several
handy hints that your
pharmacist can give
you to ensure your next
treatment is effective. For
instance, did you know
that using a hair dryer can
de-activate a chemical
treatment? Or that 2-in-1
can prevent the success
of a treatment?
Although there is still a
stigma surrounding head
lice and nits, communities
that speak openly about
head lice are in a much
better position to avoid
embarrassment and deal
with the outbreak. Infor-
ming your school or pre-
school, when your child is
infected will help contain
the spread and possibly
prevent your child from
Care Chemist has got
some great information
in store to help you deal
with nits this summer. For
a FREE nits fact sheet,
call in to St Heliers Care
Chemist, 12 Polygon Rd
in St Heliers phone (09)
950-3380 or Glendowie
Care Chemist, 95 Ashby
Ave in St Heliers, phone
There are several
products available that
may help prevent head
lice and nits invading
your childs hair. There
are also several common
sense approaches that
may help you avoid
Ask your child to avoid
head to head contact.
Ensure that your
children do not share
brushes, combs, hats
or any other items that
contact their hair.
If your child has long
hair, tie it back or plait it.
Discourage them from
playing with each others
hair.Brush your childs
hair at least once daily.
Check everyones hair
in the family at least once
Take action if your
child is scratching un-
usually be sure to check
their head carefully! For
more helpful prevention
advice just ask at your
local Care Chemist.
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Glendowie Care Chemist
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The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC)
has just opened a brand new Airport Training Centre
at its City Campus. The centre will be the second of its
kind in the country, the first having opened at ITC's
Botany Campus in 2009.
ITC, a premium supplier in the airline, airport and
travel and tourism industries, recently won the award
for innovation at the New Zealand Tourism Awards.
"We know our Airport Training Centre, where we
run our Certificate in Aviation, was a real contributing
factor in that,
" says ITC's Marketing Director Claire
Huxley. "We are always seeking innovative ways to
provide our students with real-life experience, and
the practical nature of the course, which focuses on
careers with an airline, airport or ground-handling
agent, means that our graduates ready to work in
their chosen fields."
The facilities are certainly something special -- ITC's
huge airport training centres simulate real-world
airports, including check in, customs, gate lounges,
and even planes where students are trained in all
aspects of in-flight service.
The Certificate in Aviation course also incorporates
the CODECO online check in system, currently used
by 52 airlines worldwide. Students are trained to
handle the stages before and during check in, check in
variations and irregularities, and gate handling. Other
specialist units include dealing with dangerous goods,
aviation security and baggage processing.
"I am learning so much about the travel industry,"
student Alison Harris says. "This course is grooming
me for a job at the airport."
There is a real confidence when you speak to the
Certificate of Aviation students -- they know this is the
right place for them to be. Student Helen says that after
a visit to the airport "and having the staff members of
Menzies Aviation comment on how everything we are
learning here is relevant to a future job at the airport,
it made me feel proud to have chosen to do this course
and know that we are learning the right things to gain
our future dream jobs."
Both ITC's Botany and City Campuses are taking 2012
enrolments now. Find out how you can launch your
career in the airline, airport, and travel and tourism
industries by phoning the ITC team on 0800 868747
or (09) 373 5510 for more information.
Are you ready to fly high?
'our grief is huge'
We have had one email from his
grandmother on how he is, but other
than that no other information or con-
tact. This is normal procedure.
Grandma learned from CYF of my
concerns and our phone conversations,
and was totally anti-us as foster
CYF failed us and the baby by not
keeping our concerns confidential.
Grandma refused to do any transi-
tion. CYF flew her in for the handover,
booked her for three days into a motel
and flew her out.
CYF also paid for her to have a
support person with her, and provided
her with all the necessary furniture,
car seats, clothes, respite care, etc, and
a boarding allowance of $170 a week
for her grandson.
We get the standard board allow-
ance which equates to about one cent
an hour working on a 24-hour, seven
day-a-week job, less the food and costs
of caring for a child.
Obviously from this we don t care-
give for the money.
And you feel you re on your own.
Like the day I first picked him up, no
CYF person was there when I handed
him over at a local cafe.
It was a very tense meeting and
emotional, obviously, because we were
handing over a very precious child we
had picked up from hospital and
brought home just as we would have if
he was our own.
I had prepared well for the hand-
over, applied for new clothing so he
would have new things to grow into
over the next few months, asked CYF
to buy him a suitcase for his things,
bought toys, had a special blanket
made for him, and a teddy, all from our
own pockets, so he would at least go
with something to call his own.
In 15 years of caring for babies I
have managed to get CYF to buy me
one car seat -- my husband and I have
supplied the rest.
We ve never been offered any res-
pite care, or any other help financially
He was one of eight newborns we
have cared for -- 18 children in all.
Some have been moved to
placements you could be happy about,
because you knew that it has been well
considered from every aspect and well-
But there have been more I have
been absolutely horrified about that
CYF would even consider such a disas-
trous decision for the child s future.
We believe he s with his maternal
grandmother but feel that it was just a
front for him to eventually end up in
the care of the uncle -- the one with the
criminal convictions -- CYF had
refused as an option.
This was also hinted at by a CYF
I kept a diary for him of his first
few months of life and I still hold this,
in case he should want to know more
about those six months with us.
We prepared so well and so much
for that day.
The goodbye was brief and curt,
and as I held him for the last time my
heart was breaking.
My eldest daughter who had helped
care for him for those last six months
was devastated. Not just by the fact he
was going but the circumstances he
was going to and the unknown.
I ll always remember how she cried,
and his grandmother turning on her --
What are you crying for? He s not your
Our grief is huge, we care-give
because we care . . . and yet CYF tells
us it s just a job and not to get
How strange, when anyone knows
that unless you care about these chil-
dren we may as well commit them to a
life of dysfunction, drug abuse, promis-
cuity and crime.
We could almost send them off with
a warning sign to the public, Back to
their whanau, back to the cycle of
All this foster family has is that
diary, the smiling photo, their memor-
ies and their misgivings.
Next week: ''CYF told us: Don't fall in
love with these children.''
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