Let's face it,
lice is not fun. But the treatment doesn't need to be a
horrible experience for you or your family. If you act
embarrassed, ashamed, or stressed, your child will pick up
on those feelings and be "embarrassed, ashamed, and
stressed". From my personal experience, I have found
that the children I have treated have been totally
okay with their condition as long as their parents seemed calm.
The parents are always more "embarrassed" or "grossed out"
than the kids. Because of this "shame factor", parents are
often reluctant to tell their community (classmate's parents,
school nurse, etc.) about their family's case of
lice. This only makes the lice infestations
worse. If no one told you that your child
had been exposed to lice, why would you check for it? Without a
"heads up" from school or another parent, you won't
find lice on your child until he/she is
showing symptoms and seriously infested. Without proper
communication between school and parents, kids will pass lice
back and forth to each other for an entire school year!
So, unless you want lice as long term family pets, start
talking and e-mailing. But I digress....
Treat lice as a
normal part of childhood, like losing teeth or a scraped
knee. Put the head checks,
comb-outs, and treatments on the family calendar just like
recitals and soccer practice. Make it a "normal"
thing that you do like any other activity. Try to make it fun -
have comb-out sessions with friends and family in your
community that have also been dealing with lice. It's a great
way to share information, and lighten the mood.
During a recent
outbreak, some friends and I had take-out dinner and
head-check night once a week . My daughter called it the "Lice
Club". After dinner, each child and any infested parent
got a comb-out style head check (method 2). The kids got
to watch a DVD during their comb-out, and picked a piece of
candy out of a candy bowl when they were done. The kids
actually looked forward to it and thought of it as a play
Go to Treatment.