“Check your child’s homework; check your child’s hair”
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Monday, January 09, 2017

“Check Your Child’s Homework; Check Your Child’s Hair”

Fall and Winter are not only prime months for cold and flu, but also for head 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 are found.  Remember these tips:


  • ANYONE – child or adult can get head lice. They are passed from person to person by direct contact, or by sharing objects (combs, towels hats)

        Getting lice has nothing to do with cleanliness. 

  • WHAT TO LOOK FOR- They are greyish-tan crawling insects about the size of a sesame seed.  Look for tiny eggs (nits) on hair shafts, near the scalp, especially above the ears and at the back of the neck
  • HEAD LICE TREATMENT-  Several products are available without a prescription.  Read and follow the directions carefully. Most products require a 2nd application 7-10 days after the first.  Consult your MD or pharmacist for help, if needed, when choosing the correct product.
  • Try and remove  lice and nits using a special nit comb that comes with most over the counter products
  • WASH AND DRY- items such as bed linens and towels used by the person with head lice. Use hot water and dry on hot for at least 20 minutes.  Items that are not washable(stuffed animals) may be sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks
  • SOAK- combs, brushes and other hair items in hot water (at least 130 degrees) for at least 10 minutes  or soak in over the counter product for lice treatment
  • VACUUM-  carpets, pillows, mattresses and upholstered furniture, car seats.


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

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