Seven- day treatment recommended
It is my right, as a parent, to choose to keep my child at home until I am certain that the problem is properly treated. I also feel that there should be a new directive issued from boards, government levels, etc. to ensure that parents are aware of this. If you elect to exercise this right, you will find your child’s school and teachers to be quite supportive.
Your child would be excused and considered absent from school for a legitimate reason, and homework can be sent home at your request.
Removing nits, nymphs and/or live lice is not an easy or pleasant task. For the first five days of treatment, I personally spent no less than seven hoursa- day removing nits. This was not based on paranoia. It was required, and it took that much effort to ensure that my children’s heads were nit-free.
If you do not remove every last nit before it hatches, then a nit that hatches results in a live louse that can grow and re-infest the head again.
The process is tedious. It involves reviewing each strand of hair, finetooth combing small sections of hair (with a nit comb), reviewing again under a bright light and manually removing any and all nits that exist.
When you are nit-picking, you have little or no time for anything else. Parents who have the challenge of cleaning nits and lice need assistance.
I did not have time to cook supper, and take-out is less than nutritional in most instances. I was nit-cleaning and washing load after load of clothes each day. I was also washing floors, vacuuming and doing other associated cleanup efforts. Allow your family and friends to assist where and how they can.
Every bed sheet, pillow case, blanket, article of clothing, etc. that the child wears each day has to be washed and dried. The washing involves use of hot water and a very hot dryer. This is separate from the Day 1 bagging and sealing that you will also be required to do with items that cannot be washed, such as stuffed animals, toys, pillows, etc.
Everything that cannot be washed has to be vacuumed, and possibly several times a day.
I have learned that the treatment(s) you use must be carefully monitored; and there are choices.if you use a product that contains Permethrin on Day 1, you should not be using that same product for retreatment until Day 7. If a second product treatment is deemed necessary from days 2-6, it should be one that contains an alternate active ingredient, such as Pyrethrin. Your pharmacist should be able to assist you.
Some of the treatments state that it kills both lice and eggs. If you believe this and apply the product and assume that you have done your job, you will be disappointed. According to the experts I spoke with, there is no one product that kills the eggs. The eggs/nits need to be manually picked out one by one.
Contact your school
Contact your school administration. Your child’s name will not be released without your permission, but the report of head lice is one of the steps that may help to reduce the number of cases.
This assists by putting other teachers and parents/guardians on alert and diligent in head-checking and explaining to children some preventive measures.
I have not even started to address the requirement of daily checking and possibly treating other family members who appear to not be infected.
These comments are based on my opinion and my experiences. I am not a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or any other health professional, so my opinion is not in any way to be considered reflective of medically-based facts or expert opinion.
I simply believe my experience may prove helpful to others.