lice may be present amongst children in your child's class.
These insects are a nuisance and can be controlled or
eradicated by families. Head lice crawl from head to head and
may be passed on through shared objects such as hair brushes and
It is recommended that you check all members of your household
carefully. Anyone can host head lice. Cleanliness is not a
factor in whether head lice are present or not.
What to look for:
* Small light or dark brown insects without wings.
* Tiny whitish eggs (nits) like grains of salt attached to
* There may be unusual itching on the head or neck.
* Small red marks on the neck or behind the ears (head lice
What to do:
* Check all members of the household daily at the same time
for at least three weeks.
* Treat anyone who is hosting head lice. Effective
treatment need not be chemical or expensive.
* Please advise the school if you find head lice and confirm
that treatment has begun.
* Be prepared to continue treatment for about three weeks
depending on the method chosen. Three weeks is
the length of the head louse breeding cycle; you need to
break the cycle or infestation will continue.
* After each treatment, comb the hair with a fine toothed
* Extra precautions may include washing all bed linnen,
pillowcases and towels in hot water and tumble drying
for 20 minutes on high. Other items that have
come in contact with heads should also be thoroughly cleaned.
* Soak hairbrushes and combs in hot water for at least ten
* Vacuuming carpets and rugs may be helpful.
* Repeat treatment 7 to 10 days after initial treatment.
* Regular wet combing with conditioner and a nit comb every 2
days can also be very effective.
Treating the hair is no guarantee that the problem has been
eradicated. Success is more likely if treatment is thorough,
checking is daily for at least 3 weeks and children are reminded to
avoid head to head contact with others.
What not to do:
* Do not use shampoo, conditioner or a
hair drier on hair within 24 hours of using a chemical treatment.
of these can make the treatment less effective or
cause it to fail.
* Do not use ordinary insecticides, pet
shampoo or flammable petroleum products.
* Do not use chemical products if the
person applying the treatment or the person being treated is