You’ve probably heard the term “bed bug bites” before, and have probably wondered, “Can I go to school with bed bug bites?” Whether or not bedbugs are contagious and easy to spread is an entirely different question. If your child has been bitten by bedbugs, you should take him or her to the school’s health room as soon as possible. The school health aide will inform your child and ask you to seek medical attention. Only a medical professional can determine what caused your child’s bites.
Although bed bugs are not considered contagious, they can still cause serious skin problems. The bites of bedbugs often develop into an itchy welt, similar to a mosquito bite. Fortunately, bedbugs do not transmit disease, but they can cause significant itchiness and anxiety. Since bedbugs can live on your clothing, you should put it in the dryer for about twenty minutes. After the clothes are dried, put them into a sealed plastic bag or container. Make sure your child brings a change of clothes so that he or she does not wear his or her affected clothing to school.
Fortunately, most schools do have procedures in place to prevent the spread of bedbugs. They also provide training to staff on how to handle bedbug situations. However, the most important way to protect your child from the infestation is to keep them clean at all times. Ensure that your child wears a clean and dry shirt when at school, and wash all clothing and items thoroughly at home.