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Impact Of Head Lice On A Child’s Social And Mental Well-Being

Impact Of Head Lice On A Child’s Social And Mental Well-Being
Written by Nancy

Dealing with a head lice infestation? Does your child scratch his/her head in extreme frustration?

Are they embarrassed to play with their friends?

IMAGINE the frustration of wanting to pull out your hair and shaving every bit that harbors these blood-sucking monsters to get rid of the itch. This is what your child is going through.

Having head lice does not only mean an invasion by an army of tiny critters attacking your head. It also means having these intruders seep into your life so much so, that your sanity and social well-being crashes down in a debris of ruined happiness.

Here are some ways that show how the gradual destruction works.

Social Health

“Don’t sit beside her! She’s Lice-y Linda”

Is your child complaining about being bullied at school? Are his/her class mates making up derogatory names like Bugg Head, Lice-y Linda, or Dirty David?

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Being secluded because of an infested head creates feelings of loneliness. It also lowers your child’s self-esteem dramatically because they indulge in self-loathing as a result of all the taunts they receive.

The feeling that they are somehow different than others can sow seeds of social inferiority.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 6-12 million people all across the U.S. experience head lice once a year. So the statistics show that they are actually not that different; instead it is just the stigmatization.

Loss of Friends

The stigmatization and seclusion slowly translates into detachment and complete exclusion from social circles. This not only creates an ostracized us vs them divide among growing children – not to mention, teaching them the worst ethics – but also creates feeling of abandonment. This leads to severe loss of self-confidence and can also reflect in performance within school setting.

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Social Anxiety

Worst cases of exclusion from society foster feelings of social anxiety. This refers to experiencing extreme nervousness and discomfort in the presence of human company. It also becomes visible in altered body language and physical side-effects such as increased heart beat, shivering or sweating.

This is the reason why social health should not be ignored or shoved under the rug because it can lead to greater problems.


Having head lice may also affect a person’s appearance. Since young children are still in the process of developing their self-image, it is crucial to nurture these years with the healthiest and most promising reflections of themselves. This is why complimenting their skills is so important!

But apart from that, appearance also matters a lot. Nits and lice often leave heads looking like there are crumbs sticking to hair shafts or dandruff all over the scalp. This makes the child’s head look unclean and his presence unhygienic. It is instantly received by a response of others inching away with disgust or keeping safe distance from the infected head. This can also foster antagonistic sentiments or feeling of self-pity.

Mental Health

Mental health is not entirely exclusive of the social outcomes of having head lice. It is rather an extension of the same problem which germinates in a social setting and permeates into psychological bounds.

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Concerns can be found to overlap between social and mental health because of their interconnectedness e.g. social anxiety.

If digging lice comb in an itchy scalp relieves one of the anxiety of experiencing itch in front of people, it will act as a compulsion that suppresses the obsession of scratching hence developing into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

The greater the anxiety the deeper the blood-filled teeth marks in the scalp. This is a case of serious psychological dysfunction resulting from a phenomenon as common as head lice.

A seemingly poor appearance can also cause serious mental problems. One major risk factor contributing to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is childhood teasing and societal pressure.

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It is quite possible that with the development of this disorder, the trauma causes one to view their heads as unbearably dirty. The mirror eventually reflects the fears and anxieties associated to the negative self image that the child has formed. While the illusion in the mirror is far from the truth, it is nonetheless an ugly reality living in the hollows of your child’s mind.

Lice Troopers realizes the importance of your child’s health in its entirety and is here to help you groom your child for a better now and brighter tomorrow. We have our centers in Central and North Florida in places like Kendall and Pinecrest serving the community with professional lice removal Pinecrest 7 days a week. Call us now to help save your child from the trauma of an infected past.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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