Education is key to eradicating the stigma.
Head lice infestations can cause social distress, high anxiety and depression for the entire family.1,2 It is a stigmatizing condition that is often incorrectly associated with being unclean, living in poverty, and/or poor parenting.1
What’s more, a number of children experience persistent head lice infestation lasting weeks, months or even years—adding to caregiver strain and vulnerability of being ostracized by peers and losing self-integrity.1
Parents express their concern
- Gordon S.C. Shared vulnerability: a theory of caring for children with persistent head lice. J School Nursing. 2007;23(5): 283-291.
- Devore CD, Schutze GE. And the Council on School Health and Committee on Infectious Diseases. Head Lice (Clinical Report). Pediatrics. 2015; 135(5):e1355- e1365.