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Head Lice Prevention

 
 

TashuaSchool haschool-nurse2s had very few cases of head lice so far this year.

Let’s keep it that way!

Here are some things you can do to help:

  • Remind your child not to share hats, scarves, head bands, barrettes and combs/brushes.
  • Remind your child to tuck his hat into a coat sleeve or pocket when he removes it.
  • Remind your child to avoid head to head contact. Lice do not fly, hop or jump but they do crawl quickly!
  • If your daughter has long hair, encourage her to wear it up in a ponytail or braids.
  • Lice prefer clean hair.  Applying hair spray or gel tends to repel them.
  • Check your child’s head regularly, especially if they complain of an itchy scalp or if you notice them scratching their head.   Lice are fast and difficult to detect.  Their eggs (nits) are tiny white to tan dots that stick to the hair shaft.  Dandruff and hair products are easily flicked off.
  • If you think you detect lice or their eggs, please let me know so that I can advise you regarding treatment and also check contacts to avoid a larger outbreak.

Thanks in advance for your help in keeping outbreaks to a minimum!

Susan Quigley, RN, BSN, NCSN