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Because of the camp setting differs from that of public school it is not always feasible to send campers home and have them return a day or so later after treatment. Pre screenings and a prevention plan are recommended.
Campers will be screened for head lice upon arriving at camp or provide a pre-screened note from a professional head lice service. Campers found with head lice will either be sent home or if being screened by a service will be treated on site. Preventive steps such as keeping hair up will be encouraged.
Camps have different protocol when it comes to screening campers for lice. Here are a couple of options:
When checking all campers for head lice, it is a great idea to have a proper plan in place. While everyone should be checked upon arrival, finding someone with lice and putting them off to the side can be embarrassing and traumatic for that child. Here are some tips to help you through the screening process:
Professional head lice services may be a valued resource for you and your camper's family. These companies can help provide proper education to staff and parents. They provide incoming and outgoing head checks and on site treatment; relieving staff of the responsibility of checking and enforcing policies. This also helps reduce the parent's stress of having to treat at home.
To properly check for head lice, you must comb with a high quality lice removal comb and wipe on a paper towel or napkin. Looking only with your eyes can easily miss bugs or eggs, especially if it's a new case.
As you already know, parents do not need to bug out!
Some parents cannot imagine anything worse than finding out their child has head lice. They may be looking to you for help. Giving them the right steps on what to do next will certainly calm their fears or having a contract with a professional service that can provide on site treatments allows kids not to be excluded from fun camp activities! This site is here to help!
If you will be sending children home hand the parents an informational card
For many families this may be the first time they deal with having lice and have no idea what to do next. You can send us an
email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly send you information cards for your parents at no charge. This will go over
everything they need to not bug out. You can also let them know that professional services may be in their area and in many cases
can book an appointment that same day. A printable version is available below.
Recommend all members of the household be checked
If you have a day camp or if campers visit with their families for a weekend before returning for the second session, it is a good idea to recommend that all household members be checked with a lice comb or professionally. You do not want to the child to go home to, or visit with, their family only to return again with head lice.
Refer them to a professional
Professional lice removal specialists have so many benefits besides the service of removal. They can thoroughly check all household members to make sure parents are treating only those affected by lice. Also, in some cases head lice has been misdiagnosed and no treatment is needed at all. Professionals also sell the best lice combs. This is extremely important because having the right comb can save hours of combing especially on long, thick hair. In addition, most lice professionals sell only products free from chemicals that are safe, non-toxic and effective. Most importantly, they have the right information to save parents a lot of time and energy spent on getting rid of lice.
Many parents feel much less stressed after speaking with or visiting a professional.
Lice cannot hop, jump or fly and in most cases only transfer from direct head to head contact.
Animal lice and head lice are different. We cannot give lice to our pets and they cannot give it to us.
Lice die off the head within 24 hours.
Not everyone itches, but for those who do, itching can last up to two weeks
Eggs are not contagious
All eggs must be removed