For generations, children with signs of head lice were summarily sent home by the school nurse to their everlasting shame. Now schools have become less nitpicky. With the backing of some major health organizations, a majority of schools across the country are allowing youngsters to stay in class if they have nits - that is, lice eggs - but no crawling lice in their hair. 

It’s a change recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses, and it has been welcomed by many educators and parents, who worried that students were missing too much school, moms and dads were missing work, and children were being made to feel ashamed...

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Should schools allow children with nits (lice eggs) to attend class?
For generations, children with signs of head lice were summarily sent home by the school nurse to their everlasting shame. Now schools have become less nitpicky. With the backing of some major health organizations, a majority of schools across the country are allowing youngsters to stay in class if they have nits - that is, lice eggs - but no crawling lice in their hair.

It’s a change recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses, and it has been welcomed by many educators and parents, who worried that students were missing too much school, moms and dads were missing work, and children were being made to feel ashamed...

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13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 7:01:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Gross, no.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 7:08:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
The article seems like it might not be the worst thing to allow them to stay. But, where there's smoke there's fire. How did the nits get there if the child doesn't have lice? And there will be lice soon, so I'm conflicted.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 7:19:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
nope. they could give the other children lice.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 7:40:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course not. They're going to infect everyone else.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:40:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't want to get lice from other kids who have hygiene problems.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:48:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Lice is not a result of "hygiene problems".

People with perfectly good hygiene get head lice.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:55:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:48:23 PM Wanderer wrote:
Lice is not a result of "hygiene problems". People with perfectly good hygiene get head lice.


That's true. Lice actually like clean hair more. Makes it easy for them to move around.

Why can't they just get rid of the lice? Why spread it to the other kids?
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 11:39:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
I suppose I'm biased, but I'd say yes.

I had lice when I was younger, but it took over 2 months to get rid of mine. If I wasn't allowed to attend class, I would have missed so much school and fallen very behind. But then again, I obviously kept it a secret so no one would freak out about it.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 11:46:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
If one dare to do that ,i will commit suicide.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/19/09 - 11:56:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:55:40 PM kickass9 wrote:
Why can't they just get rid of the lice? Why spread it to the other kids?


Head lice are very difficult to get rid of.

The shampoos (Rid, usually) are becoming less and less effective. It becomes harder and harder to kill the lice and nits.

The nits themselves are glued to the hair shafts. To get them off, you have to comb them out with an extremely fine comb - very difficult to do.

Most parents aren't willing to shave the child's head in order to get rid of the nits, even though that is the most effective method.

If any lice/nits got on the pillow, hats, clothing, etc, the child can easily become reinfected. One girl was continually reinfected by her coat.

Lice are an equal opportunity parasite.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/20/09 - 7:33:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely not. Allowing children with lice to attend class is only making it harder to control the lice that are building immunities to treatments and shampoos. If they wouldn't allow a child with any other very contagious illness, they'd be out of their minds to allow lice-infected children.

Instead there should be programs for children that have to stay home due to lice infestations, a sort of temporary home-schooling deal. Most kids have and can use computers with internet, my school even offers make-up classes for failed classes online.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/20/09 - 9:14:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
lice only like clean hair.
nits are eggs. eggs cant jump off the kids head onto another kid.
lice are not an infection, they are bugs
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/20/09 - 9:17:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, absolutely not. They can give other children lice and then they can have a massive lice break out. Well, when the eggs hatch.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/20/09 - 9:21:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 11:56:06 PM Wanderer wrote:
Head lice are very difficult to get rid of. The shampoos (Rid, usually) are becoming less and less effective. It becomes harder and harder to kill the lice and nits. The nits themselves are glued to the hair shafts. To get them off, you have to comb them out with an extremely fine comb - very difficult to do. Most parents aren't willing to shave the child's head in order to get rid of the nits, even though that is the most effective method. If any lice/nits got on the pillow, hats, clothing, etc, the child can easily become reinfected. One girl was continually reinfected by her coat. Lice are an equal opportunity parasite.


Difficult but still in reach. It's not like getting rid of cancer...
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/20/09 - 9:24:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's really spreadable. I've had lice waaaaaaay too many times from school.

I'm so glad kids stop getting lice after elementary school. Gah I hated that sh*t.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 2/20/09 - 11:03:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 2/20/09 - 9:24:40 PM hannah_h wrote:
No, it's really spreadable. I've had lice waaaaaaay too many times from school. I'm so glad kids stop getting lice after elementary school. Gah I hated that sh*t.


The one time I got lice I was in grade 8 because I babysat young children.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/21/09 - 10:33:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 2/20/09 - 9:24:40 PM hannah_h wrote:
No, it's really spreadable. I've had lice waaaaaaay too many times from school. I'm so glad kids stop getting lice after elementary school. Gah I hated that sh*t.


Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. I work in a daycare with young children. I get lice about once every 2 years, as do many people in my profession. It sucks, but it's pretty much a part of the job.
13 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/23/09 - 1:26:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:48:23 PM Wanderer wrote:
Lice is not a result of "hygiene problems". People with perfectly good hygiene get head lice.
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:55:40 PM kickass9 wrote:
That's true. Lice actually like clean hair more. Makes it easy for them to move around.


Myth to make kids feel better, the lice don't particularly care.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/23/09 - 3:05:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:48:23 PM Wanderer wrote:
Lice is not a result of "hygiene problems". People with perfectly good hygiene get head lice.
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:55:40 PM kickass9 wrote:
That's true. Lice actually like clean hair more. Makes it easy for them to move around.
On Monday 2/23/09 - 1:26:42 PM Pedantic wrote:
Myth to make kids feel better, the lice don't particularly care.


It's not a myth that lice are not a result of poor hygiene - anyone can get them.

(Every time I come back to this question, my head starts to itch - and I've neve even had head lice - although my kids did once.)
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 2/23/09 - 3:16:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:48:23 PM Wanderer wrote:
Lice is not a result of "hygiene problems". People with perfectly good hygiene get head lice.
On Thursday 2/19/09 - 10:55:40 PM kickass9 wrote:
That's true. Lice actually like clean hair more. Makes it easy for them to move around.
On Monday 2/23/09 - 1:26:42 PM Pedantic wrote:
Myth to make kids feel better, the lice don't particularly care.

Not a myth, a scientific fact.
Dirty f*ckers don't get the lice as much. No self respecting bug would live on some of these dirty little waifs.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 2/28/09 - 7:10:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
shave the kid's head and clean the house. gets rid of em every time. i had head lice a lot in middle school and didn't get the treatments as needed. used to beg my mom to shave my head
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 2/28/09 - 7:14:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
no no no. my daughter is only 5 but she's had them once. they were an absolute nuisence to get rid off. but her school is very good with dealing with it. they tell you if a child in the class has them so you can be aware and any children who so have them must be treated before they can return to class.
13 yrs ago - Saturday 5/2/09 - 6:13:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
We should set fire to their head.



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