Deal­ing with a lousy sit­u­a­tion

Par­ent cau­tions against send­ing chil­dren to school too early

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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.

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