Head Lice Education

Moving Past the Social Stigma of Head Lice Begins with Education

Head Lice Education

When “Lice Happens” it is normal for a family to panic and have feelings of shame, guilt and disgust. The panic, along with all of the other feelings you and your family are having are valid only because of the social stigma that accompanies an infestation. 

It is important that parents and caregivers are compassionate and take into consideration that the member(s) of the household that contracted lice, more than likely, have feelings of embarrassment and shame. Sympathizing and communicating with the family member that has head lice, is key to keeping them calm. Tell them that they did nothing wrong, that head lice is a normal part of life, lice have been around for centuries, and an infestation can be treated quickly and efficiently. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that pediatricians advocate for education in the communities and schools to help remove the stigma of lice. The feeling of many medical experts is that the practice of social isolation during a lice infestation causes undue stress to the individuals that are infested and their families. 

In an effort to help educate the families in our community to remove the stigma that lice can bring, Lice Wizard has compiled these quick facts about head lice: 

  • Lice do not jump across a classroom or from the coworker in the next cubicle. Lice are physically unable to jump. They are not equipped with “knees” or “hinges” in their legs like a cricket or a grasshopper. 
  • Lice have been around for centuries and they are not going away anytime soon. Nit and lice combs have been found in the tombs of Egyptian Pharos. 
  • You cannot get lice from domestic pets or wild animals. Lice rely on a human host. 
  • Lice will not drown in a swimming pool or bathtub. They can live for hours submerged under water. 
  • Lice can become intolerant to over the counter treatments which may contain harmful ingredients and/or pesticides. 
  • When someone has lice or nits, it is not an indicator of poor hygiene and in most cases, staying away from others at work or school after a treatment may not be needed*. 

*An opinion from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Be sure to refer to your company’s and/or school district’s policies and procedures. 

If you have questions, Lice Wizard of Solano County is here to help. Call us at 650-338-9588 or fill out our contact form