I know, nobody wants to talk about lice, but I’m going to blog about lice anyway. Pediculosis, or head lice infestation, is a significant public health issue, and the best way to deal with it is to talk about it.
Would it surprise you to know that lice infestations increase dramatically after spring break? Anecdotal reports from salons tell us their appointments for lice removal jump to as many as 20 per day in the weeks after spring break.
That’s because lice infestations are not about hygiene, they’re about proximity. When kids and young adults get together for sleepovers and camps and sports and any other variety of rough and tumble togetherness, the environment is prime for lice transfer and spread.
Eliminating an infestation is not a fun process which is partly why folks don’t want to talk about it. But the combing and shampooing are important, and there are lots of resources available to illustrate what’s needed.
So please keep checking your kids’ scalps and hair….