PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE)
This information is to increase head lice awareness so that you may take steps at home to help with controlling the spread of head lice. Any time children come together, such as summer vacations, the start of the school year or social occasions, head lice cases commonly increase. Please encourage your student not to share or trade personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, headbands, barrettes, as well as helmets or headphones with foam ear protectors.
- Direct, physical, head-to-head contact is the usual method of transmission.
- Lice do not jump, fly or swim. They are, however, good crawlers.
- Check your student’s head weekly for lice and/or nits (eggs).
- Mature lice, which are no bigger than a sesame seed, avoid light and are hard to see.
- Lice eggs or “nits” are usually found close to the scalp – usually within ¼ inch. They appear as tiny whitish ovals that are “glued” to the hair shaft. They cannot easily be flicked away as dandruff can.
Head lice do not transmit disease and are not a serious medical condition. They cannot survive on your pets. If you find head lice on your student, please notify the school and begin treatment promptly. Continue to examine all family members for 3 weeks and treat if live lice or nits close to the scalp are found. Please follow this simple advice: check regularly and treat promptly.
For more information regarding head lice or its treatment, please feel free to contact your physician, pharmacist or your local health department. Thank you for your help and support.