LICE the “L” Word in Daycares

Yep, we are going to talk about the word no caregiver, parent, director, or any person walking by wants to hear about, lice. Head lice is often met with stress, anxiety, and unnecessary shame. Head lice is common across all socio-economic classes and does not mean a child, home, or school is “dirty.”

Brainy Kids Place has a “No Nit” Policy. If nits or lice are detected, parents will be contacted and will need to begin treatment that night. Various treatment options are available. Brainy Kids Place will send home a letter with information for parents. Parents are responsible for treatment. Children are allowed to return to school after treatment has begun and they are nit and lice free. This can be as early as the following day. Please keep in mid that health officials recommend a two week regimen to make sure that nits or lice do not re-appear. The next morning, the child will need to be brought to the office to be checked to ensure that all nits and lice have been removed. Children will only be allowed to return to Brainy Kids Place after they are checked by office staff to be nit and lice free. Children will be checked occasionally over the next two weeks to make sure that another nit or louse does not appear.

Brainy Kids Place has the following preventative measures in place:

  • Carpets, rugs, and upholstered items are vacuumed daily. Vacuuming is the most effective way to reduce the spread of head lice.
  • Nap bedding is stored in individual plastic containers and not shared amongst children. Nap bedding is sent home weekly to be washed. Nap mats are disinfected.
  • Jackets and other personal items are stored in individual children’s cubbies or stored on coat hooks to prevent the spread of head lice.
  • Brainy Kids Place will provide parents with information on early detection, prevention, and treatment methods. Head lice are most common amongst children ages 3-12 due to common behavior and play habits. Keep in mind that the same play habits that transmit lice are also common in homes, neighborhood playgrounds, churches and other places children commonly interact.

Experts suggest the most effective point of control for head lice is the household. Parents are responsible for screening for head lice during routing hygiene and bathing practices. Health officials recommend that parents check weekly with a fine tooth comb.

So remember, if you get a phone call that your child has nits or lice, just remain calm, and comb on!

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