• Head Lice Treatment and Information

     
    Due to an increase in head lice, the office is conducting weekly head checks. If your child is sent home with head lice, a parent or guardian must bring them into the office for a head check before they can return to class. Any student who has been sent home with nits or lice is not allowed to ride the bus until they have been cleared through the office.

    Head lice facts:

    • A female can lay 50-100 eggs in a month life cycle.
    • Eggs hatch every 7 days and lice can live off the body for up to two days.

    Treating head lice:

    • Apply an OTC treatment (follow directions on medication)***Warning do not use cream rinse or combination shampoo/conditioner before using lice medicine. Do not rewash hair for 1-2 days after treatment. Please know that flea and tick shampoo for dogs does not remove nits or lice.
    • Remove nits with comb. All nits even though they are dead need to be removed. (Flea combs made for dogs and cats will also work)
    • Re-treat in 7-10 days. Continue to check hair every 2-3 days.

    Treat the household:

    • To kill lice and nits, machine wash all clothing and bed linens that the infested person wore or used during the two days before treatment. Use the hot water cycle 130 degrees. Dry laundry using high heat for at least 20 min.
    • Dry clean clothing that can not be washed or store in a sealed bag for two weeks.
      Soak combs and brushes for one hour in rubbing alcohol, Lysol or wash with soap and hot water (130 F).
    • Vacuum the floor and furniture.

    To Prevent Reinfestation:

    • Avoid head to head contact during play at school
    • Do not share clothing, like hats, scarves, or coats.
    • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels.
    • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with the infested person.

Last Modified on October 16, 2008