Dear Parent or Guardian,Head lice checks are very time consuming and tedious and often cannot be accomplished in one setting.Here is some information to help you prevent head lice.
A few things to consider at home:
There are three stages of lice:
- Please notify the school nurse of head lice
- Checking all household members and other close contacts at least once a week.
- Use a large magnifying glass and a bright light to help you see.
- Itching, especially around the ears and back of the neck is the most common sign of head lice.
- If there is evidence of active infestation, all members must be treated at the same time.
- After treatment it is important to comb out all the nits with a special nit comb for several days.
- Students cannot return to school until they have been treated. Remember to retreat in 7-10 days.
- There are new safer prescription treatments available.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to get appropriate care.
- Resistance to some head lice treatments have been reported.
- If your child has live lice after two treatments contact your doctor for a different form of therapy.
- There is no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments.
- Bed linens, blankets and recently worn clothes must be washed in very hot water.
- Vacuum furniture, mattresses, pillows and carpets.
- Remind your child to keep their head from touching others when playing, hugging, whispering and any other way their head may get close to someone else.
Reasons for re-infestation of head lice:
- From EGG to NYMPH (small adult) to LOUSE (fully grown adult).
- Lice are wingless insects that live on the human scalp and feed on human blood.
- They cannot fly or jump. They are a crawling creature.
- Live head lice that fall off a person quickly starve and die within a few hours.
- Live head lice that fall on a desk or floor at school will not be alive the next day.
- The eggs (or nits) are tiny tear drop shaped and are found near the scalp.
- Nits cannot be caught by another person. A nit is only an egg.
- Unlike dandruff, they are yellowish brown in color and difficult to remove.
HEAD LICE ARE SPREAD BY DIRECT HEAD-TO-HEAD CONTACT WITH ANOTHER PERSONWHO HAS THEM, FOR EXAMPLE, DURING PLAY, SLUMBER PARTIES, SPORTS ACTIVITIES,FAMILY PARTIES OR CAMP.
- Not using enough head lice product
- Not following up with a second application
- Not removing all nits
- Not adequately cleaning the home environment