Over-the-counter lice treatments
You get that dreaded note from school that your child has been exposed to head lice. After looking through your child’s hair, you are not sure what you have found. Could be lint, could be nits, but you decide to treat your family of four just in case. You think to yourself that at least it will be a preventative measure.
You drive to the drugstore and purchase an over-the-counter product, hoping you don’t see anyone you know and spend anywhere from $20 to $75 per family member. A week to 10 days later goes by and your child complains they are itchy on the back of their head.
Lice Wizard’s Quick Links to Solano County and Yolo County School District Head Lice Policies
So you may have a lice infestation. Although it is a normal part of life, it can cause a bit of an upheaval in the household and disrupt schedules. Time missed from work or school can be stressful financially and can impact grades. Besides the overall creepy-crawlies some get, a head lice infestation can be treated quickly and efficiently.
The America Association of Pediatricians advises their pediatricians that children do not need to miss school. The Center for Disease Control* gives schools the same advice. However, it is important that you read and know your individual school district policy. School head lice policies may vary or may not be updated. That said, it could differ from what the medical experts advise.
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.