Pediculosis (Head Lice)

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Treatment of Head Lice:

·Head lice are common in schools, effecting all ages.

·Head lice are clear in color when hatched, and then they develop a reddish-brown color after feeding.

·Head lice have six legs with claws that grasp the hair.

·Head lice are crawling insects. Theycannot hop, jump, or fly.

·Head lice need human blood in order to survive.

·Head lice can survive up to 24 hours off the human body.

·Head lice can live for about 30 days on a host and a female louse may lay up to 100 nits.

·Nits are small yellowish or grayish-white, oval-shaped eggs that are “glued” at an angle to the side of a hair shaft.

·Nits are deposited by live lice.

·Once laid, it takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch, and another 7-10 days for the female to mature and begin laying her own eggs.

·Nits are always the same shape; they are not irregular or fuzzy.

·All nits must be removed to control head lice.

District 2 Schools have a “No Nit Policy”, if your student is found to have nits they will be sent home immediately. We have a treatment sheet that clearly lists the measures you must take to remove the nits. All members of the house must be treated, this is the most common item overlooked. If all members of the household are not treated then the nits/lice will recur. Please follow the instructionscompletely, so that your child will not continue to be sent home. If your child is sent home for lice, you must accompany them to the school office the following day. The nurse will check your child’s hair to determine that all nits are removed. A box label from the lice shampoo used must be presented at this time. To prevent the spread of lice, any student not properly treated will be sent home. If we all follow the steps, we can prevent head lice from becoming a problem for the children. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions or concerns please contact your child’s school nurse.

Treatment:

§For the next 2 weeks, please examine all persons in the household for the presence of head lice and treat if lice or nits (eggs) are present.

§If present, treat with any anti-lice shampoo. Regular shampoo will not eliminate lice.

§Combing for nits is the best way to eliminate nits. Most head lice shampoos come with

§A comb designed for combing nits out of the hair.

§Wash all clothing, towels, and bed linens currently being used in 130 F.

§Dry clean all clothing and hats that cannot be washed.

§The alternative is to seal garments, toys, and articles that cannot be washed in a sealed plastic bag for 14 days.

§Soak all combs and brushes in hot water (130F) for ten minutes.

§Vacuum all carpets, upholstery, and mattresses.

§Be sure to follow the shampoo re-treatment directions carefully. This is critical.

§Do not share articles that come in contact with the head, neck, or shoulders (combs, hats, coats, towels, etc.).

 

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