Nurse's Corner

Head Lice Information for Parents

It is important to work together as a school community to minimize the frustration when dealing with head lice. you should routinely examine your child's head at least weekly. Head Lice are little bugs; a full grown louse is about the size of a sesame seed. They crawl quickly when touced. They lay lots of eggs (also known as nits). Nits are usually at nape of the neck/behind the ears and close to the scalp. Nits are oval; white or grey in color and about the size of a knot of thread. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft. To determine whether or not you are seeing a nit, try sliding it down the hair shaft using your finders. Nits will be difficult to move, whereas dandruff and other items slide easlily.

If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined fro crawling lice and nits every 2-3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within 1/4 inch or less of the scalp should be treated.

To eliminate head lice successfully, it is very important that all treatment instructions and steps be carefully followed and completed.

Both over-the-counter and prescription products are available. You may wish to contact your health care provider or phamacist for additional information about which product they recommend.

Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygience or cleanliness in tghe homje or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. For information visit the CDS website or contact your school nurse.

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.

What to do if your child has head lice:

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

  • Be sensitive to your child's feelings!
  • Lack of cleanliness does not cause head lice.
  • Both children and adults can get head lice.
  • Short hair does not prevent the spread of lice.
  • Head lice do not live on dogs, cats or other animals

Illness Reminder:

We need your help to reduce the spread of germs! By working together, taking precautions, we can help to minimize the impact of any illness that can be spread to others.

Please be reminded of the following:

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
Stay home when feeling sick, and obtain consultations from your health care provider.
Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have vomitting or diarrhea
Ill children should stay home until 24 hours after they are fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
Cover your cough/sneeze. It is best to cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. If you cough/sneeze in your hands or in a tisssue, make sure you wash your hands afterwards.

These everyday steps are a good way to reduce your chances of getting the flu. However, a yearly flu vaccine is the best protection against flue inllness.