Dealing with a lousy situation
Parent cautions against sending children to school too early
My No. 1 concern since Day 1 of preschool for my children has been head lice. Well, the almighty louse reared its ugly head on the heads of two of my children — one attending a primary school and one attending an elementary school. Now, other than the initial freaking out at the sight of the nasty beast, what do I do?
A quick refresher of all the school newsletter suggestions come to mind, as well as the various articles that all parents are required to read on this dreaded nuisance. Unfortunately, none of this seemed helpful to me now that the lice have been identified in my house.
Other than these couple of comments, I will not engage in a discus- sion on cleanliness or why my children have been “attacked.” Lice are not discerning of socioeconomic status. They look for clean heads and are, unfortunately, only too happy to infest there.
Breaking the silence
It is time to break the silence on this traditionally hush-hush topic. So, as a parent who has had the unfortunate struggle of ridding heads of lice, I would like to share a few points.
Talk to your community health nurse. Ask all the questions you can to make sure you know what you need to do, and read Eastern Health’s publication on “Managing Head Lice at Home.” It is a brief, concise brochure, and it contains a lot of useful information. This document also appears to form the basis of the Eastern School District’s online policy, and a copy can be obtained by visiti ng the f ol l owi n g : http://www.esdnl.ca/parents/head_ lice_feb2011.pdf.