Lice Information

 The school nurse will check any student reported by staff to possibly have lice. Scratching or a tingling sensation on the scalp is an indication of infestation. If active lice are found during the screening, the parent will be notified to pick up their child. The student may return to school after initial treatment is completed and nits have been removed. 


What should I do if I think my child has head lice?


Treatment should only be considered when there are live lice or viable eggs seen.  An egg seen about ¼ inch or less from the scalp is most likely not dead.  This means that live lice could still be living somewhere on your child’s head. 


Treatment should include FDA approved lice treatment shampoos and mechanical removal.  Lice treatment shampoos can be purchased without a prescription from a grocery store or pharmacy.  Used correctly, these products are safe; however, follow the directions carefully since these shampoos do contain toxic substances that can be harmful is misused. 


Mechanical removal is done using the fine-toothed comb provided in most lice treatment shampoo boxes.  These are used to go through all of the hair to scrape off the eggs and remove any lice that remain after shampoo treatment.  Removal of the eggs is important so there is no confusion about a re-infestation.  Also, lice treatment shampoos are not always 100% effective at killing all viable eggs.  For this reason, it is usually recommended to retreat the hair with lice killing shampoo 7 days after the initial treatment.  Continue working all the nits out of the hair in between both treatments until all nits are gone. 



How do I keep head lice from coming back?


ü    Follow the directions on the lice treatment package.  Not following the directions is the biggest reason why it doesn’t work.


ü    Most of the time a second treatment is necessary.  If you don’t kill all the nits, they will hatch and your child will have lice again - this time without contact from another infested child. 


ü    Launder clothing, bedding and towels immediately before lice treatment so live lice don’t crawl onto your lice-free, just treated heads.  Make sure you launder the clothes in hot water.  Don’t forget to wash coats and hats!  Dry cleaning or placing items in sealed plastic bags works for those items that can’t be washed in water.  Wash brushes, combs, hats and other hair items in hot water daily through the lice treatment process. 


ü    Teach your whole family about how lice is spread and treated.  Teach your children not to share combs, brushes, hats or other personal items that are separate for each child.


ü    Check your child’s head from time to time for signs of lice.  Catching it early can cut down on the number of treatments, save time and money.