It is saddening to hear that having lice has created a social stigma that brings devastating effect to both the concerned youngster and his parents. This humiliation causes a child to skip school, for instance, to avoid being bullied. The parents, on the other hand, felt embarrassed and even incompetent for being unable to prevent head lice from infesting their kid.
It is important to take note that head lice are easy to catch and as common as a cold. And though head lice can be difficult to control, it can be treated. Having one has nothing to do with social status or grooming, though. It is the negative notion we put to it that makes it embarrassing. But the shame it creates is more hurtful than the itchy feeling it gives to the kid. How to stop then this social stigma?