Originally Posted by limabean
I meant that since the OP seems to be from a culture in which having lice is considered something highly unusual that must be swiftly dealt with, judging her from the perspective of someone living in a culture in which it's thought of as something that is just going to happen from time to time and it's not a big deal isn't totally relevant.
See, what I got from flapjack and orangefoot, was that they do
see lice as something to be swiftly and proactively dealt with.
And, as an American, I think viewing lice as "highly unusual" is actually highly unrealistic. I'm not sure that our infestation-rates are much if any lower than the rates in England or Europe: It seems pretty darned common (as in, frequently occurring
) where I live. I mean, sure, there are a few kids who've never had it, but I think most families have had to deal with it at least once.
I think the British view is much more sensible -- where no one is ostracized but all the parents keep one another informed and do their treatments at the same time. I think this sensible view probably creates a climate where everyone feels comfortable speaking up if their child has lice, because they know their child can still continue with life as usual, as parents diligently work to solve the problem.
In contrast, a general perception of lice as "highly unusual" creates a climate where there's great shame in letting people know that your family has an infestation. Yes, I've stayed true to my conscience and let everyone know when we were dealing with it...
I'm just saying that I'd prefer a climate where it was easier to communicate about this, because I think the shame does cause some parents to cringe away from full honesty, which, as some here have pointed out, is likely to contribute to a situation where kids keep passing it back and forth, because no one's saying anything, and the kids aren't getting treated at the same time.
The British attitude seems a lot more proactive in the long run.