School Head Lice

 

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Who's to blame?
Head lice are a very common problem in schools. Children aged between 3 and 12 years of age are mostly at risk and we should be doing all we can to educate children, parents and school teachers/staff about what head lice are, how they are spread and what we can do to avoid and prevent outbreaks. Head lice in schools cost both the teachers and parents time and money, as well cause additional stress and possible discomfort. If an outbreak of head lice was to occur in the local schools, parents would need to be contacted, children may need to be separated or kept at home (depending on the schools policy) and everyone ends up blaming each other and not taking responsibility.

How are they spread?
Schools are an ideal place for head lice to thrive due to the amount of people spending time in close proximity to each other, sharing lockers, coat hooks, head rests, hats, scarves, ribbons, hair-brushes, ear-phones, helmets and uniforms/sports kits. Head lice do not have the ability to fly or hop, so to get from one host (human) to another they must crawl. Therefore we should be working together with our schools to educate everyone on preventing the spread of head lice, deterring certain behaviours and taking responsibility. Throughout this website we provide information on a variety of lice related issues that schools may find useful. To learn more, please navigate back to our homepage.

Everyone is susceptible
It is often very embarrassing for children to get head lice, as the spiteful (but ignorant) ones will poke fun at them and spread rumours about them having poor hygiene. The fact of the matter is EVERYONE can get head lice and head lice do not discriminate between clean or dirty hair, they will crawl on to the heads of any human to feed off their blood, mate and multiply. Therefore, having head lice is not a sign that you're dirty and everyone needs to be made aware, otherwise there's a risk that people who find they have head lice will keep quiet. By not telling teachers or pupils (due to the risk of ridicule), the head lice will spread, infest others and there will be outbreaks at the local schools to deal with.

Head Lice in Schools

school head lice
 

A common problem
If you haven't already learnt what head lice are, it may be worth looking at some of our other pages. Once you know about head lice in schools, how they feed, grow and move around you will possibly be more encouraged to prevent you or your children getting them. Millions of people around the world get head lice each year (not all in schools). They aren't a new problem (head lice date back centuries) and they do not look like they're going to go away anytime soon. The good news is that head lice in schools do not usually cause any further illness other than bite marks and itchiness. In severe cases and if bites are scratched, people can develop further infections, but there are treatments to help all cases. You have the option of over the counter products to help rid head lice, or you could visit the doctor for a prescribed medication. Some schools may even keep treatments on site for emergencies.

Control & avoidance
To avoid and prevent head lice in schools, children need to be encouraged to act sensibly (as do parents and teachers):

  • Do not share hair brushes, hats, combs, scarves, ribbons, or any other head gear
  • Keep jackets, hat and scarves separated from other pupils - perhaps in a plastic bag or in a locker
  • Avoid head to head contact with friends (as head lice will just walk on) - certainly if they are infested
  • If your hair is being treated, keep it tied up and make others aware
  • Don't be embarrassed. Educate parents, children and teachers - an infestation is not a reflection of low social class, poor hygiene or lack of cleanliness
  • The schools kits and costumes should be thoroughly washed before use by another pupil
  • Alert everyone you have been in contact with should you discover you have head lice (schools, clubs, friends, family)
  • Encourage a head lice policy that everyone can agree on. Absence from school may not always be necessary.
 
 

 

 

Prevention & education
There's no way of guaranteeing the prevention of head lice in schools, however if you do not think that the schools your children go to deal with head lice effectively enough, you could always approach them with information to encourage head lice awareness days throughout the year. There could be one set date each term time (minimum) or more regular checks could be requested (weekly/monthly). Some schools hold three a year, where checking each pupil for head lice takes place, and everyone learns about these nasty parasites and ways to avoid them. If we all work together to educate our children on head lice, we may be able to prevent them from tears and upset (and years of ridicule at school) in the future.

Thousands of people search to find out about head lice and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase lice related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by these parasites and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have pubic lice you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread or infect others.

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