From The Dublin Lice Nanny, who has seen it all :
1. Please don’t call the school and accuse them of not cleaning the rooms properly or indicate that you believe your child got lice because they have the coats/hats hanging too close to each other. Lice live on heads. Not in the pillows or carpets of a classroom. And not in hats (or on your couch, carpet, etc). A louse that is off the head is a louse that will very soon be d…ead. He may be moving, but away from the warmth of the head and his food source, he is not well enough to climb back onto someone else and feed. They are spread through head-to-head contact. Like selfies, being squished into the backseat of a car, and hugs. Which leads me to my next point…
2. Please don’t tell your K-3 child not to hug her friends. Yes, lice is spread this way, but I recently had a mom yell at her 4 year old “I told you if you hugged your friends, you would get bugs!” It was so stressful and the girl was so sad. I wanted to cry. Let kids be kids. A. They won’t remember and will hug anyway (and who doesn’t need a hug ?) and B. Lice are gross but not a health hazard.
3. Please DON’T waste time with the over-the-counter chemicals. They are neurotoxins. Who wants THAT on their child’s scalp? Also, they no longer work as they are resistant to chemicals. Time/tears & money wasted.
4. Ok, I thought of one more that needs to be added. Same offender did #4 and #3 (hope to god she isn’t reading this). Don’t say, “How do I find out who the dirty child is that gave my kid lice!!?” I truly thought she was kidding. In case in needs repeating. Having lice has nothing (NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING) to do with cleanliness.
As always, I am here for questions. Because I am the Co-Founder of Lice Nannies USA, your friendly bug slayer.