Post # 1
HELP! Okay here’s what is going on. I teach Pre-K and at our school we are housed in a separate building. Apparently, in the main building we had a lice outbreak. One of my kids has an older sibling who caught lice, passed it to my kid and now there is a small outbreak w/in the Pre-K classes. I LOVE to wear my hair down and am freaking out. Of course, the first thing I do when I even hear the word LICE is feel like my entire scalp is itching. The day we found out about the lice I rushed to Walgreens afterschool and purchased a lice repellant shampoo/conditioner. It smells like you-know-what but I have to do it. Aside from the shampoo what else can I do? I don’t want to wear my hair up unless I have to. Maybe I can braid it and it’ll help.
I’m sure anyone who has worked with kids has dealt with this issue before and how do you avoid the dreaded lice? It seriously freaks me out that I am constantly checking my hair.
Also, checking for it… how do you do it?
Post # 2
Is there any reason why you believe YOU would have lice? I am a teacher and have never been concerned about getting it from a student. Do you have blankets/pillows/hats you and your students both use? Are they touching your hair or you’re touching theirs? Do you share hair ties or brushes? If not I really don’t know why you would be very worried about lice.
Post # 3
omglauren: Lice don’t leap from person to person or cross the room. Lice are spread from one person to another through close contact or through shared clothing or personal items (such as hats or hairbrushes). A louse cannot jump or fly.
Post # 4
I’d be pulling my hair up high. What’s the big deal with it? Just do it while there is an outbreak, and once it’s been all clear for a week or so, wear it down again.
While you may not be actively doing anything that would cause lice to transfer to you (not sharing their brush, ha) – think about all the times you lean over and get close with the kids. I realized I do that a lot with my elementary students – I lean over to help them or look at their work, and my hair hangs down near theirs, and it may even touch. I’m not taking the risk!
Post # 5
This all seems dramatic. Put your hair up for a few days, and don’t pat their heads. Done! 🙂
Post # 6
I am a teacher and get the slightly paranoid feeling like my head is itching too. However, I agree with the PPs. Just wear your hair up/braided for a few days and don’t worry. We constantly have a “lice outbreak” at my school (we’re almost 900 students, so someone always has it). I wear my hair up when it’s my class and don’t worry when it’s not. I haven’t had a problem yet!
Post # 7
Thank you all! Yes I am definitely being dramatic but I’m just a paranoid person when it comes to my head in general. I don’t like to wear it up cause I look so weird but I’m just gonna deal.
Braids, buns and ponytails for a while but hopefully not forever. Thanks y’all! 🙂
Post # 8
If you do get lice, try tea tree oil shampoo. I always find it in shopper’s drug mart. As a kid I had really really long hair, and I got lice. My mom washed my hair with that a few times and it killed them all!
Post # 9
Keep your hair up and put product in it (hairspray, gel, whatever). Also put a couple drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo bottle and shake it up, apparently it’s supposed to help.