Head Lice

Oct. 2017

There are tips below to help prevent head lice. Also, just a reminder that flu shots are available and parents are encouraged to get students vaccinated, as there are already confirmed cases of the flu in our area.

Tips for preventing your child from getting head lice:

  • Discourage head-to-head contact and sharing of hats, scarves, hairbrushes and combs.
  • Tie long hair back.
  • Always send your child's own sleeping bag, towel and pillow to sleepovers.
  • You cannot prevent head lice by using head lice shampoos or products - use them only

if you have head lice.

  • Check young school age children weekly for head lice; more often if there has been a

known exposure to someone with head lice.

What to do if your child has head lice:

  • Notify your child's school nurse. The nurse can give you specific instructions for the

treatment of head lice.

  • Check the heads of all family members.
  • All family members with head lice should be treated at the same time.
  • Tell all close contacts of the person with head lice to check their head.

Important points to remember:

1. Be sensitive to your child's feelings!

2. Lack of cleanliness does not cause head lice.

3. Both children and adults can get head lice.

4. Short hair does not prevent the spread of lice.

5. Head lice do not live on dogs, cats or other animals.

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October, 2016

Just a reminder that fall and winter are prime seasons not only for the flu bug, but for another bug as well- lice.

It is important for parents/guardians to be proactive and continue to check their child's head weekly and treat only if live lice or nits within ¼ inch of the scalp are found. If you find your child does in fact have head lice, please contact your school nurse to discuss treatment options.

As always, should you have concerns or questions, please feel free to contact your school nurse.

This time of year with trying on Halloween costumes may add to the spread of lice. Please continue to check your child's head weekly. Look for signs of itching, especially behind the ears and at the neck.

Anyone can get head lice! It has nothing to do with cleanliness or socioeconomic status. Children ages 3-12 are usually the ones most affected.

If by chance your child gets head lice, contact the school nurse and she has an information sheet available for detailed treatment steps to help decrease the spread of head lice.