It has been determined that head lice are present in our elementary. Head lice can infest anyone. It is not a sign of having poor health habits or being dirty. The most important fact to remember is that the problem should be quickly treated to delay the spreading to family members and other individuals. Listed below are instructions for home management.
1. All persons in the household should also be examined for the presence of head lice. If lice or eggs are found, all infested persons should undergo treatment.
2. Obtain either "KWELL", "RID", or other similar preparation. Follow specific directions for application. Be sure to fine comb hair after shampooing.
3. Wash (desired temperature 130 degrees) all clothing, towels, bedding, coats, and hats/scarves at the time of shampooing.
4. Combs, brushes, and barrettes should be soaked in very hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Shampoo may be added to water.
5. Dry-clean all clothing and hats that cannot be washed. An alternative is to seal garments in a plastic bag for 35 days. It is also recommended to vacuum all carpets, upholstery, and mattresses. There is an insecticide spray available over the counter for the same purpose.
6. Your child's hair needs to be re-shampooed in 7 to 10 days to ensure complete elimination of the infestation.
This condition is readily transferred from one person to another. Please caution your children about wearing someone else's hat and using hair brushes and/or combs that belong to others.
If lice or eggs are found, it is necessary that your child be shampooed with the appropriate medicated shampoo before she/he may return to school. Please ensure your student is lice-free before returning to school.
Your child should also be examined 8 to 10 days after treatment to determine the effectiveness of the treatment used.
Kjirsten Mercer, RN BSN School Nurse