got lice? #sympathies

Dear Grizzlies,

Dozens of students were “dropping like flice” last week. If you were one of those who got some lice bad news, you have my sympathies. Not only have a couple of my children gotten lice; I have, too—a couple days after hugging all the graduating seniors at commencement one year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following guidelines for treating lice from its webpage.

  • All household members and other close contacts should be checked.
  • Treat with over-the-counter pediculicides (medicines that kill lice). You may want a treatment that also has an ovicidal effect (kills eggs). Any “bedmates” should also be treated.
  • Use a special metal nit comb to remove any lice and eggs over the next two to three weeks.
  • Soak combs and brushes in hot water for five to 10 minutes.
  • If crawling lice are still found eight to 12 hours after treatment, see your doctor for a much stronger and more effective treatment for stubborn cases.
  • Wash all of the following used by the person within two days in hot water and dry in a hot dryer: hats, scarves, pillowcases, bedding, clothing, towels. OR put those items in a large black plastic garbage bag for two weeks.
  • Do not share hats, grooming aids, and towels, etc.
  • Vacuum furniture and floors. NOTE: Lice cannot survive off a person for more than one to two days.

See this website for more detailed information about treatment and the various recommended medicines: cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html.

A louse is “no respecter of persons.” This means that catching lice does not mean you are not well groomed. However, it can be a lesson to not share hair products, hats, ear buds and sweatshirts. Keep perspective: Today an American doctor died of ebola. Having lice is an annoyance, not a death sentence.

Hang in there,

Sympathetic Teacher

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Posted on November 26, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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