Every parent dreads that 4-letter word, LICE. Still, 25% of children will get lice each year making it the most common communicable childhood disease after colds. I had dodged the bullet for 11 years of schooling and became a little blasé when a lice note came home that once again a child was infected in the class. I put my daughter’s hair up about a week until she pleaded, “Please let me wear my hair down! Look how beautiful I am?” I succumbed and let her clean long hair billow down for that prepuberty beautiful feeling doesn’t last forever, I rationed. It was not 4 hours later when school called and we had the bugs!
After a million loads of laundry and hours of combing hair, I have learned a few things that I will do differently that I would like to share to hopefully keep my and your house free of the louses, (lice).
Head lice are wingless insects that do not carry disease and are mostly harmless unless you are the parent that has to rid your family of them. They must feed multiple times a day and cannot survive off the head for 48 hours. They actually prefer clean hair so it not true that they only live with dirty people. Lice affect all socioeconomic classes. There is no shame in getting lice. The shame is not treating it completely. More information on lice treatment at can be found at the CDC.
This blog is talking about prevention and I am going a little rogue with some tips without the scientific studies but plenty of parental testimony.
One louse can lay 10 eggs or nits per day and they will hatch in about 7-9 days so it is critical to keep lice prevention measures at least 2-3 weeks after lice are noted in the class.
Dr. Deb’s Lice Prevention Tips