August and September are historically high months for lice reporting. This is frequently due to infestations from children at summer camps. As you plan your summer, think ahead! What is your camps’ policy on head lice? Will you feel confident that head checks and screening have been performed before your child is head-to-head with twelve other campers for three weeks?
Top Five Tips for Camps before you go!
- Ensure that the health care, nursing, and medical staff at your camp are familiar with lice issues.
- Does your camp have an established head lice control policy prior to camp opening for the season?
- Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend treatment and prevention of further infestation, then allowing those afflicted to remain in group settings. Other organziations, such and the National Pediculous Association (NPA), recommend temporarily removing those afflicted from the group setting until all signs of nits and lice are gone. Determine your camp’s philosophy before your camp season so you will be prepared should lice and/or nits be detected.
- Are they equipped with an on the spot effective lice treatment, such as the Lousebuster, to treat children that have lice?
Do they offer a treatment procedure? If camp is keeping those afflicted at camp, do they have effective lice combs on hand in the health center?
- Does the camp have a policy about who will be informed if an infestation?