FACTS ABOUT HEAD LICE:
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)
in about 1 week. 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
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 ONLY. 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 sveral hours,
even overnight. Rinse the hair with a vinegar and water mixture.
The mayonnaise will smother the live lice and the vineger 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 695-4431 Ext 3530