Your kids bring home a lot of things from school: art projects, homework, playground stories, and permission slips. But some things, you’d prefer they left behind…like head lice.
Sometimes though, these things happen, no matter how many baths they take. If your child does come home with head lice, don’t get too worried, because lice pose no real health risk. Lice are more of an annoyance than a health risk (which means you do NOT need to come into the clinic for an appointment.) The treatment process is slow and tedious. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to prevent head lice from spreading, especially among children.
Lice are usually spread when your head comes into direct contact with an infested person’s head or hair. They can also be spread by sharing clothes or things that the lice or nits (lice eggs) have attached to, which is less common. Getting head lice from carpet or furniture isn’t likely, because head lice can only live 1-2 days once they fall off a human and no longer have a food source. Once nits fall off and are exposed to a different temperature, other than that of the scalp, they are unable to hatch and generally die in about a week.
Here are a few tips for preventing and controlling the spread of head lice.
If you think your child has lice, utilize the preventative measures listed above to control the spread, and contact your child's physician immediately; it is important to start treatment as soon as possible.