What to Do If There Is a Lice Outbreak in Your Child’s Classroom

As most parents of elementary school aged children will tell you, getting the dreaded lice letter from their kid’s schools always tends to send them into a state of panic, confusion and dread. The thought of creepy crawlies inhabiting their child’s head and sucking on their blood grosses parents out, leaves them worried and concerned about how to combat the issue! A little information and a few preventative measures are all it takes to escape the dreaded lice outbreak! And even if your child does end up with head lice, it’s not the end of the world. Here’s what you need to do:

Remember That Head Lice Are Normal…

…and can happen to the best of us! A head lice infestation is not an indication that you are a poor parent or that your child does not take care of their personal hygiene. In fact, head lice may even prefer cleaner heads as it allows them to move around faster! They typically spread through direct contact with an infected person’s head or through sharing hair accessories, scarves, hats of combs worn or used by the infected person. If your child has come home with the lice slip, it might be best for you to take a few preventive measures for the next few weeks until the threat has successfully been eradicated.

Keep Your Child’s Hair Tied

Hair is more likely to come in contact with another person’s infected head if it is left loose and flowing in the wind. Girls are also more likely to get head lice for the sole reason that they have more and longer hair than most boys! Keep your daughters’ hairs tightly tied in braids, buns or pigtails so head lice have a harder time at trying to burrow their way to your children’s scalp. Keep Your Child’s Hair Tied

Educate Your Children

Sure, you may always have taught your children that sharing is caring, but it might be time to make them unlearn it! Head lice can travel from head to head through personal items like pillows, jackets, combs, brushes, barrettes, scarves, hats and even clothing. If your child is heading over to a sleepover any time soon, or is habitual of leaving his jacket in the community pile when he’s hot during recess, you might want to educate him or her on how head lice spread.

Conduct Thorough Screenings Every Week

Ask your child to stand in front of a window such that bright sunlight falls directly on their head. This will help you spot lice and nits more easily in your child’s head. Divide your child’s hair into sections and thoroughly look for any signs of an infestation. If you do happen to detect a louse or nit, give Lice Troopers a call at 800-403-5423 instantly! A professional lice removal service with locations in various cities in 5 different states including Weston, Pembroke Pines, Miami and others, our lice doctors use pesticide free, chemical free treatments to get rid of your child’s lice infestation in just a single sitting! Whether you want an in-house treatment or would like to book an appointment for our clinic, we’re always here to solve your head lice problems!