! ! ! HEAD LICE PREVENTION ! ! !
Each school year we get reports of head lice. This year is no exception.
Parents play a key role in preventing head lice by checking their children routinely each school year for lice and nits and teaching them not to share brushes, combs, hair accessories or wear clothing of others.
Head lice multiply quickly and can spread from person to person with head to head contact especially after sleep over’s.
The most common symptom of head lice is itching and head scratching, particularly at night. Red bite marks or sores may also be noticed on the scalp.
Parents should check their children routinely every week for lice and nits especially around the ears and nape of the neck.
If you find evidence of lice or nits, treat right away using an over the counter lice shampoo before sending them back to school.
In order to break the cycle of lice re-infestation, you must re-treat every 5-7 days for at least four weeks.
Ask your child’s school nurse for information about steps to take in order to break the cycle of head lice or quick on this link: