March 8, 2018
This letter is to
inform you that head lice have been discovered in the PK-2 wing. We ask that
you check your child for head lice every night for the next two weeks. For
photos of lice and nits in hair, follow this link: http://pediatrics.about.com/od/headlice/ig/Head-Lice-Pictures/Live-Louse-on-Hair.html
information may be helpful:
are spread by head-to-head contact and by sharing personal items such as hats,
combs, brushes, scarves, bedding and clothes.
include itching of the head and neck. On the head you might see brownish
colored insects. Lice are very small, less than 1/8 inch long. The adult louse
is about the size of a sesame seed. The eggs (nits) are gray or white in color
and are tiny (about the size of the eye of a small needle). The nits are glued
to the base of a shaft of hair and are most often found along the hairline
behind the ears and at the back of the neck.
do not jump or fly. They crawl and can fall off the head. They do not live
longer than 48 hours off the head. The ones that do fall off are thought to be
dying and weak and are not viable. They only lay their eggs while on the head.
The eggs do not hatch if they fall off the head.
lice are insects that live on human heads only. Lice do not spread to or from
your child is infested with lice it will take 7 to 10 days from when the eggs
are laid until they hatch.
your child has head lice, he/she needs to stay home until treatment has
occurred and no live lice are seen. Nits are not considered live lice.
For directions on how to control the spread of lice at home, follow this link: http://www.cdc.gov/lice/head/treatment.html
- Call your healthcare provider or pharmacy for advice. Recommended treatment includes using either a prescription or store-bought lice killing product.
- Follow the product
directions carefully. With certain products a second treatment is recommended 7
to 10 days later. Lice treatment products are not 100% effective in killing
lice, especially nits. WARNING: Do not use a crème rinse, combination shampoo/conditioner, or conditioner before using lice medication. After washing out the lice medication, DO NOT re-wash the hair for 1-2 days after the lice medicine is removed.
the nits (nitpicking) is a very important part of the treatment for controlling
head lice. The nits are glued onto the hair shaft as they are laid, and
require effort to remove. To remove the nits, use a metal nit comb, cat flea
comb, or your fingernails to slide eggs off the hair shafts, or use scissors to
cut the hair shafts that have nits glued to them. Continue checking the head
and combing hair daily for 2 weeks. All nits eventually need to be removed.
If not, your child may get an active case of head lice again.
10. Upon returning to school and seven to ten days after the initial treatment, your child will be asked to check in at the Health Office so your child’s head can be checked by the school nurse.
Feel free to contact
the school nurse if you have any questions. 315-653-7218 ext 4006.
Stacie Morse, RN