You have received a letter from
your child’s school, telling you there’s a child in the classroom with
pediculosis; commonly known as head lice. How much do you know about
head lice? Do you how to get rid of them? Are they dangerous? You took
the quiz, now check your answers here
to see what you know… and what you need to know.
5. You can eliminate lice:
(b) Use a medicated shampoo. You’ll need to see your health provider especially for infants, nursing or pregnant mothers. Natural products just as mayonnaise and Vaseline will only grease up the hair but will not kill the nits or lice; you’ll need something stronger. Pesticides are not recommended.
6. Treatment will consist of:
(a) Hair washing and nit picking will get rid of lice. Using a very-fine-tooth comb, you’ll separate the hair in smaller sections and go thoroughly through each section with the comb.
7. Personal objects will need to be disinfected:
(d) All of the above. Non-washables can be dried in the dryer for 20 minutes. Clothes and other washables can be washed and dried in the hottest cycle. Seal the item in a plastic bag for 30 days (the whole life cycle of the lice). Combs and brushes should rest in a bleach/water solution for at least one hour. The rugs, furniture and mattresses should also be thoroughly vacuumed.
8. Head lice can wreck havoc with many families because:
(d) All of the above. There is a misconception that dirty people get head lice, but cleanliness has nothing to do with it. Many parents feel shame because if one member of the family gets it, chances are the other family members will too. How will their neighbors perceive them? There’s no need to panic; head lice will eventually happen in every program and knowing how to prevent spreading the infestation further is what is needed. If even one nit is spotted, it is time-consuming to wash, vacuum and disinfect.
9. The best way to deal with children’s feelings is to:
(b) Be understanding but teach children not to share combs, hats and hair things. Remember that your child didn’t ask for this and it would be ridiculous to get mad or laugh at them. There’s no need to turn this into a traumatic experience.
10. Oh, no! Another nit… not again:
(d) All of the above. After the first treatment check your child’s hair every day for at least the next two weeks. Be ready to give another treatment 10-14 days after the first one. Tell the day care/school about a re-infestation. Don’t forget the other members of your family.
In little time, your family will be lice free and ready to face the next adventure having children brings you!