Head Lice (Pediculosis)
Although not a serious health hazard, head lice are the cause of much anxiety, embarrassment and misunderstanding to many people. It is important to note that head lice are a common nuisance, not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. Despite this knowledge, there is significant stigma resulting from head lice infestations in many developed countries, resulting in children being ostracized from their schools, friends, and other social events.The population most often affected by this common “nuisance” is children aged 3 to 12. Because of this, school is often a place where this condition is found among students (school aged children).
The job of the school nurse is to help parents identify head lice and to guide
parents in using approved treatment options. We want to remind all families
that head lice are a temporary annoyance, not a major health concern. In our
experience, head lice outbreaks are kept to a minimum when parents take the
lead by inspecting their children’s scalps routinely. Our role includes
maintaining confidentiality and minimizing time lost from the classroom.
Head lice are usually not difficult to eliminate when early identification is made. The Verona School Nurses want to assure you that most families can successfully eliminate head lice by using simple, scientifically approved methods.