1. What are Lice?
Lice are teeny tiny bugs that almost resemble toasted sesame seeds that nest in your hair.
They thrive on a warm environment. Lice live by biting your scalp. They ingest the blood from
your scalp which helps them to survive and continue their life cycle.
2. What is the Life Cycle of Lice?
Two lice get married
Mama lice lay up to 300 eggs
Eggs(Nits) hatch in 12 days
Lice grow up in 12 days and they meet a wife or husband and the cycle continues
3. How can I tell I have lice?
If your head is real itchy, check for the little beige eggs and bugs crawling in your head
especially around the nape of the neck and around the ears.
4. Where do Lice come from?
Lice cannot jump or fly. They crawl from one head to another or from using someone else's
comb, hat, or pillow. This is why it is important to use our own comb, hat, and pillow. Lice
cannot live off of people for more than a day to two, so any lice left behind on, say, a Friday,
are dead and gone by vacuuming and won't be there on Monday.
5. What is the treatment for getting rid of lice?
Lice is traditionally treated by medicated over the counter shampoos that can be purchased at
any store. These shampoos are in essence insecticides and need to be used according to
directions. They can potentially cause neurological damage in used improperly. DO NOT use the
lice shampoo if you do not have lice. An alternative to using lice shampoo is to use regular,
not low fat or non fat mayonnaise on the hair. Apply the mayonnaise to the head and cover
the head with a shower cap. Allow the mayonnaise to remain on the head for several hours,
even overnight. Rinse the hair with a vinegar and water mixture. The mayonnaise will smother
the live lice and the vinegar and water rinse will loosen the sticky residue that allow the lice eggs
(nits) to adhere to the hair shaft. Follow this rinse by combing out the nits, a section at a
time on the the head. It is very important to comb out the nits. The scalp may be dry
and itchy post the treatment. Even one nit that has not been out, may be a nit that could
hatch and start the cycle all over again
6. How do I treat my family and my household?
House hold member can be checked by the school nurse for any signs of lice or nits. If they are
found, they should be treated also. Your household needs to be treated also. Sheets and
towels should be washed in hot water. The drying process should kill any shedded live lice or nits.
Furniture and carpets throughout the house should be vacuumed. Dispose of the vacuum bag
after vacuuming. Stuffed animal or items that cannot be vacuumed should be put into a plastic
bag and sealed for a two week period. Animals cannot get human lice. Lice only like people.
7. What do I do after my child has been treated?
Have your child report to the health room to be checked by the school nurse. Send in the box
top from the shampoo product that was used or send in a note of the type of treatment used.
Lice are a nuisance. Anyone can get lice, even ME. They pose NO threat to health and they
DO NOT carry any diseases.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 695-1941