Handling Back-to-School Woes: Head Lice

From struggling to remember enough middle school algebra to help with homework, to cataloging and patching up playground scrapes, sending kids back to school in the fall has no shortage of challenges. Sooner or later, they will come home with the dreaded note saying that there’s head lice at the school. (Or even worse, that they have it!)

The good news is: you don’t have to use high-intensity chemicals like permethrin, pyrethrins, and DEET. The bad news is: you will still have to comb the affected child’s hair carefully to remove all eggs and bugs. And wash absolutely everything they’ve handled lately.