With summer winding down, it’s time for kids to go back to school, which increases the chance of them getting or spreading lice. While school administrators do their best to prevent students from becoming infested with lice, parents should also be on the forefront of helping to avoid a lice outbreak at school. Here are a few ways to keep your kids away from lice at school and what to do if you suspect your child has already acquired lice:
Talk with your children
Helping your children understand how to avoid lice is a great first step to keeping your family lice-free. Encourage your children to avoid sharing things that have been on or near another child’s head, including hairbrushes, combs, hats, coats, scarves, towels, swimming caps or helmets. Lice don’t often live on hard surfaces like plastic, but they can sometimes hang out on earbuds or headphones for a short time, so make sure they use their own.
Communicate with school administrators
If even one child at school is identified to have lice, school administrators are obligated to let parents know. You should be proactive in the conversation with the school and other parents to make sure that your child hasn’t come into contact with any child who has lice and confirm that your child hasn’t already been infested.
Take immediate action
If there is an official or suspected lice outbreak at school, it’s imperative to take immediate action to prevent your child from getting lice or spreading it. Licenders does service schools with screenings, but it’s best to receive a professional screening as soon as possible to expedite the treatment process. The longer you wait to get your child checked for lice, the possibility of it spreading drastically increases.
Schedule a screening
We understand that parents can be extremely busy, which is why we can come to you. With our house calls service, our experienced clinicians can come to your home and screen your entire family for lice. We also have appointments and walk-in options available seven days a week at our six lice clinic locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Connecticut and Long Island so that we can help identify and treat lice before it spreads to more children at school.
If we do find that your child has been infested with lice at school, our safe and effective treatments are designed to get your child lice free and back to school as soon as possible. Our team of experienced clinicians use the AirAllé® device, a treatment method that is chemical-free that makes it especially safe to treat children with lice.