You receive the dreaded call from your child’s school, “Your child has lice. Please come pick them up immediately.” You feel like the world’s worst mom. Doubts go through your mind: maybe you don’t bathe your child often enough; perhaps you need to vacuum the house more often; is your whole house infested now? Should you move?
These fears may sound a little over done, but in our society lice has gotten a bad rap. You feel as though your child, and perhaps your whole family, will be shunned by the school and the neighbors until you can prove to them that your entire family and house has been sterilized and is now lice-free.
The truth about lice is that it has nothing to do with hygiene, socioeconomic status, or ethnic background. Here is a brief discussion about lice, how to treat it, and how to get your family accepted back into society again.