Managing Head Lice In Schools: School and Parent’s Responsibilities

Head lice infestation is not a dangerous condition but it causes high anxiety among parents, children and in schools. School aged children are at greatest risk to contract head lice. Managing head lice in schools is very important because it is in the school setting that head lice is most likely to be transferred. To effectively manage head lice in schools, it is important that the school and parents work together as a team where each take responsibility for certain tasks. The School’s Responsibilities In Managing Head Lice Head lice are not an environmental problem but a personal health problem. This is because head lice need a human host to live on and therefore individual children get the infestation and not the school classroom. Head lice school policies differ widely from school to school and state to state. In general, it is the school’s responsibility to have the following head lice management strategies in place to prevent infested children from transferring head lice to other children. Each school should have a head lice school policy in place that describes procedures that will be followed to identify head lice, notify parents, minimize transfer of head lice and how and when to do follow-up after treatment. To train teachers and other school personnel in identifying and managing head lice. To maintain confidentiality when head lice is identified and to notify parents in a sensitive manner. To provide practical advice for parents of infested families and maintain a sympathetic attitude. To make the head lice school policy known to all parents. To make an informed decision whether children with live lice and...

How to Prevent Head Lice in Children

Tens of millions of school aged children get head lice every year worldwide. To avoid having to deal with this condition, preventing head lice in children is a good solution. But few people actually know how to prevent head lice. Although this is not always possible, of course, we can still take basic measures such as avoiding direct head-to-head contact and applying natural oils or repellents . But there are some do’s and don’ts. What you should NOT do to prevent head lice – Preventing head lice using chemical head lice shampoos: When our child comes home with head lice, our most common reaction is panic, and we would do whatever we read or are told to get rid of it…sometimes to our own child’s peril.   What you should definitely not do is use chemical head lice treatments such as Nix or RID to prevent head lice. The manufacturers of head lice shampoos themselves have told parents they should never be using chemical lice shampoos to prevent lice in children. Why? Partly because it contributes to making lice more resistant to these same treatments. And partly because these shampoos have dangerous side-effects when used many times and repeatedly. But essentially because these shampoos cannot prevent lice. They can only treat head lice. They are completely useless when it comes to preventing head lice. Just imagine taking aspirin when you don’t have any headache. This will not prevent you from actually having headache later on. – Keeping your child at home when he is not infested You’ll think the best way to prevent head lice in kids (even toddlers...

FAQ – Prevent Head Lice

How do I prevent my child from getting head lice? The best thing you can do to prevent your child from getting head lice is tell him to really avoid head-to-head contacts with his friends and avoid sharing belongings that come into contact with the head. If your child does not touch anyone’s head with his hair nor share any belongings, the probability that he catches head lice will be close to zero. If your child is a girl, make sure she has her hair up, as it will help. You can also use different techniques such as braiding hair, putting hair spray on the hair so that it sticks together (and hair spray will make it harder for lice to cling to the hair).   What can I do to keep my child from getting head lice? If your child is getting head lice whenever he goes back to school, it means that other children still have lice. If this is serious, you can try to talk to the teacher and ask if she or he can do something. Many times school personnel have noted that there are families that do not take the problem seriously and do not treat their kids, who keep on contaminating the other children. Sometimes teachers can play a big role in fighting an existing infestation. Then, try to tell your kids to really avoid head-to-head contacts with other kids. And you can also use some head lice repellents such as those described below. Is there anything to prevent or repel head lice? Is there a head lice prevention on the market? There...

How To Prevent Head Lice In Schools

Head lice is a major nuisance that affects millions of school aged children worldwide, and are  mainly transmitted in schools, where children study, eat and play together all day long. How to prevent head lice in schools? Here are some tips for teachers to prevent head lice and help control infestations. Why head lice prevention in schools is important Schools have a major role to play in preventing head lice. Many times schools just send out a letter to parents when infestations are already active and many children are already infested. Most parents panic and have no idea how to get rid of head lice. They are disgusted and often feel ashamed when they discover that the parasites made it to their home. In such a case, panicked parents who would not expose their children to potentially dangerous products will not hesitate to treat their kids with head lice shampoos that contain pesticides, and sometimes they will apply these products well beyond the recommended frequency and dosages, which is exactly when chemical head lice products become dangerous for children’s health. Moreover, when lice is here already, some parents and even school or medical personnel will often see head lice as annoying but not dangerous, as they are harmless insects and cannot transmit diseases (they do transmit typhus but it has been eradicated in western countries). Thus they will not make their best efforts to get rid of it and this will open the door to long lasting infestations, some kids being then permanently infested. And the problem when you don’t treat head lice properly is that repeated itching causes...

3 Shampoos You Can Use to Prevent Head Lice

Many people are thinking of using shampoos for head lice prevention. But there are some do’s and don’ts, and here are some shampoos to use to prevent head lice, as well as some shampoos that you should avoid when it comes to preventing head lice. Head lice spread through direct head-to-head contact. The first head lice prevention measure is to avoid those contacts. It is easy for adults but more difficult for children, who have games that involve head-to-head contacts quite often. In this case you can use some...

How to Prevent Head Lice Using Essential Oils

When the kids are back to school, so are head lice…this is still a condition dreaded by many parents, as it is a source of anxiety, shame, and stress. Head lice prevention is essential, because if you can avoid that your kids catch these parasites, this will be better for everyone in the family. It will also save you time, stress, and money. We often only talk about head lice treatment, but preventing head lice infestations is possible, at least to some extent. One of the possible solutions is to use natural essential oils. But there are some do’s and don’ts if you decide to go this route.   Why can essential oils work for head lice prevention? Head lice are attracted to us because of our distinctive human smell. Essential oils are very fragrant and their strong flavors hide our human smell and keeps lice away. Essential oils may act as insect repellents, and this is why they can help preventing head lice. Warning: Of course, as many other head lice prevention solutions and head lice treatments, there is no scientific evidence that essential oils prevent lice. Research on tea tree oil is quite recent and though several studies have shown the effectiveness of tea tree oil or other essential oils for lice removal, more research is needed and you should be careful when using such oils. Which essential oils can you use for prevention of head lice? Tea tree oil for prevention of head lice: this oil, also known as melaleuca oil, has antiseptic properties and has been traditionally used in many countries as a repellent against head lice....

Preventing Head Lice: How To Avoid Contamination

Pediculosis of the scalp is not serious as such, but this disease is very contagious. If only one person is affected, an entire class, a group of children on vacation or a family can suffer a head lice infestation. Head lice are not easy to treat, so if you can make preventing head lice your priority, this will enable you to avoid many troubles. If you want to know how to prevent head lice, you need to understand how they spread and who has the highest probability to catch it. Here are some important points: If you only catch a couple of head lice or a single fertilized female louse you can still very quickly be infested (this is a matter of a few days or one week) because the louse has exceptional reproduction capacities.   The male can fertilize 18 females in a row without having a rest and females mate several times during their adult life that can vary from ten to forty days. They lay from 4 to 10 eggs or nits daily for about 3 to 5 weeks, which means a total of 100 to 300 eggs or nits. → This is why preventing head lice means avoiding to catch even one single louse. Contamination between people occurs by direct contact between someone who has lice and a healthy subject. Indirect transmission through a hat or a scarf is possible but much rarer and actually very controversial. Indeed, the head louse rarely leaves the head of its host and if it does it is only to feed on another head. As far as transmission through...