Whether you had head lice treatment during summer vacation or during the school year, going back to school afterwards can be daunting. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma that many people place on those who have had head lice, even though we are all equally susceptible. Additionally, there is the chance of getting head lice again when it’s back-to-school time. These can both be scary for any child, but they don’t have to be. Here are a few tips for going back to school after head lice treatment:
- Stay calm and carry on. Of course, not worrying is easier said than done, but you are lice-free and only need to be concerned with preventative measures. You’re back at school and should be focused on that. If head lice were holding you back before, don’t let it stop you now. If you have already had treatment, maybe it’s time to try something fun and new that you’ve always wanted to do.
- Avoid head-to-head contact. Now that you’re lice-free, you want to stay that way! Direct head-to-head contact is by far the most common way people spread head lice, so avoid it whenever possible.
- Avoid sharing items that come in contact with the head. Although lice do not live for more than 48 hours off the human head, they can be passed by sharing brushes, combs, hair ties, hats, scarves, hoodies, etc, even in that short time frame.
- Talk with your school. Most schools have a head lice policy since it has become such a common problem among school-age children. But, in the chance that they don’t have a head lice policy, or a very relaxed or confusing policy, now may be a good time for you or someone in your family to speak up. Start a conversation with the school nurse and the administration to make sure they are all up-to-date on the facts about head lice.
Head lice, while a nuisance and frustrating pest, do not carry disease and are actually quite harmless. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we have years of experience treating people with head lice in addition to experienced backgrounds as nurses and healthcare professionals. Do you know someone who needs head lice treatment? Refer them to us right away! We provide non-toxic, natural, and 100% effective head lice treatment in a friendly, welcoming environment. Contact us today!