Lice Information

Lice Prevention

Please remind your children not to share hair accessories, combs, brushes, hats, helmets, etc.

Please encourage your daughters with long hair to keep it in a ponytail/braid . Remind your child not to pile his/her coat,sports or dance gear with others.

If your child’s head is itchy, please check it, just to be sure. 

1.   Lice and their nits are most commonly found behind a child’s ears, the base of the neck, crown of the head or the bang area.

2.   The nits are small, oval, whitish, semi-translucent nodules glued at an angle to the side of the hair shaft.  Nits can be distinguished from dandruff because they are very sticky and difficult to remove.  Dandruff will easily flake off.

3.   Adult head lice do not like bright light and will move rapidly from one area of the head to another to avoid it. It is important to check frequently once detected.  Nits do not move, easily found.

4.   Most common symptom of lice infestation is itching.

Treatments: Here are some of the common products, please call your Health Care Provide for advice:

RID – You must use this when the hair is DRY.  Then follow the directions carefully. RID has a web site www.licerid.com  or call 1-800-RID-LICE.

NIX - This should be used after hair has been washed with your regular shampoo, rinsed with water and towel dried.  Then apply and follow the directions carefully.

NIX has a toll-free number 1-888-lice-line

CLEAR – ask your pharmacist or call 1-800-783-1919.  Web site www.clearcare.com

  LICEMEISTER COMB which has been endorsed by the National Pediculosis Assoc.    

There are other combs on the market.  There is the Robi Comb.  It runs on a battery and detects live lice and kills them.

 Getting rid of head lice and nits need not be difficult.  It is a matter of washing the hair with a lice-killing product, then very carefully removing all the nits.  Removal of the nits is important to avoid the continuation of the life cycle. All family members should be examined for head lice prior to sending on the school bus.  If you are unsure, please call the nurse, drive your child to school and ask the school to check your child prior to entering the class.   Only those showing evidence of infestation should be treated

www.headlice.org. A combing video on the NPA video theatre is worth a look at.Please go to my link page to see additional web sites that have great pictures of lice and nits.