When Lice Comes to Church

ChurchLeaders | 4/19/2018 | Staff
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Are you looking for a head lice letter to parents?

Unfortunately children’s ministry and lice are almost inseparable. In the last five years I had to deal with this issue twice.

Question - IF - WHEN - Lice - Child

It’s not a question of IF, but WHEN lice will attack a child in your church.

That’s why I have put together a game plan that will give you all the information and tools to tackle the problem calmly, quickly and professionally WHEN it happens to you.

PROBLEM

UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM:

Lice are usually passed on from person to person in close proximity. They will crawl from the hair of their host to another person’s hair, or from an infested comb or brush. In rare cases, they can also be picked up from infected clothing, blankets, toys and carpet. It is extremely easy to pick up lice from others, who may not even realize they are infected.

Symptom - Host - Itch - Insects - Scalp

The most noticeable symptom to the host is the itch, caused by the little insects feeding on the scalp. The adults, which are white, can be seen moving around in the hair, usually near the scalp. This is why they can go unnoticed by parents or volunteers looking after infected children. Unless the hair moves enough to expose the lice, or one comes to the surface, they are hidden by the hair. Furthermore, the nits (eggs) are almost clear, very, very sticky, and attached to the hair shaft, usually very near the scalp. They are very hard to spot unless they are being closely looked for by someone who knows what to look for.

A very common misconception about lice is that a child who has lice is dirty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Lice just aren’t picky when it comes to hair and will infect any hair, equally, regardless of whether it is clean or dirty, long...
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