Does anyone out there have any good advice on elimination of Lice in our schools? I have several cases same family (cousins etc.) for several years now, we have done home visits and classes to the family and given free treatments and everything, even have gotten our school social worker involved. I don't know what else to do. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! Have even told them about olive oil, mayo etc. Any advice would be more than appreciated.
I have been a nurse for a long time, but a school nurse for only 3 years. I had never seen a louse before becoming a school nurse. I have done mega research on the topic. From what I have read, if you close the house up for 3 days, the lice will die because they MUST have human blood to live. After you convince the family to do this, have them immediately treat their heads and wash what clothing they have brought with them in hot soapy water and dry on HOT in the dryer. Don't forget the car, because they can get into the upholstry of the car and the carpet. Their are some really good new products on the market that are not as dangerous and use more natural products that repel "bugs" with flowers and plants that have a natural repellent to insects. Right now I can't remember the name, but the company sent me information (and I am assuming did so to many school nurses). You also do not need to encourage the purchase of brand name lice spray for homes, as any type of flea spray or bomb seems to be just as effective. Make sure that the computer lab at each school takes precautions with the head phones, as I had an epidemic caused by them!
On the subject of how to convence a family you are serious. Because repeated treatments cause repeated absences, the judge here will put the parent in jail for truancy of the student. New laws passed here make the parent responsible for their child when they are under age and do not attend school. In stubborn cases that has worked VERY well. Parents don't seem to like jail much, and their children have to stay in foster care while they are in jail. I had one kindergarden child miss 45 days this year and MOM and DAD got the message when the judge put them in jail every weekend for a month! The "no nit" policy does not seem to sit well with physicians, who believe the nits are dead after one treatment---but it is a must for a school to keep down epidemics!
I had one child who had had them on and off for 4 years ask someone to take her to the Department of Human Resources (Welfare Department) and ask to be removed from the home because she was so sick of having lice and she was embarrassed. That woke up her family, and they have been "clean" since then.
Last edit by JBice59 on Feb 26, '02