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As we prepare to return to school following a long break, and whenever a case of lice is reported at school, is a good opportunity to educate families on the benefit of making periodic head checks in the home, a part of your child’s healthy routines.  Ideally, students should be screened for head lice at home on a routine basis and especially prior to returning to school following a school vacation, such as after summer, winter, or spring break.

 

A copy of the brochure, “A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice”, is available by clicking on the link below. From the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/2015SchoolGuidanceonHeadLice.pdf

This brochure provides information to help parents understand how to identify lice and a variety of evidenced-based treatment options. Because it takes six to nine days for nits to hatch, an infested child should be re-examined the following week for the presence of live lice. 

 

Head lice do not transmit disease, but they are a nuisance. Parents can find it upsetting to learn that their child or a classmate has become infested with lice, but having head lice is a fairly common problem and has nothing to do with hygiene or quality parenting. In fact, good health and hygiene habits or a clean house or school, have nothing to do with getting head lice. 

 

If you or your child has head lice, it is important to treat it right away. 

 

If you discover that your child has head lice, please notify the school heath office by selecting option 5 when you call the office. This will enable us to remind families to check their children for head lice. 

 

For more information: 

Please contact the school health office, district nurses, or the school district Health Services web page at the following link: http://www.losal.org/domain/64

 

The internet links that are provided below provide research-based information:

 

From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

* CDC Head lice web link below- Shows pictures of what to look for when doing a head check. 

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html#appear 

 

Listen to an Audio Podcast from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=9940 

(scroll down to the area entitled: Talk About Nitpicking! Back-to-School and Head Lice 

 

From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents.html

 
Treatment schedule for Head Lice--- The Process Looks Like This:

 

Check the scalp around 1) the nape of the neck, 2) behind the ears, 3) then across the scalp from side to side… if live lice are seen (a) shampoo with lice killing product, (b) comb & pick nits for the next week, (c) re-treat with lice killing product in one week (d) continue to nit pick/comb and check the head for re-infestation the following week, (e) re-treat if live infestation is still present, (f) see chart below.
 

Week 1

Day 1

Live lice

Treat with lice killing shampoo

** (see 1-2-3 below.)

Day 2

Comb & Pick    nits** every day of the week

Day 3

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 4

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 5

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 6

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 7

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

**

  1. Your child may return to school when live lice are no longer present.
  2. Continue to check, pick and comb for nits all week long (a little at a time).
  3. Children are allowed at school with nits, but nit removal is advised to reduce social stigma. 

Week 2

Day 8

Re-treat

Hair with lice killing shampoo

7- 10 days following day 1

Day 9

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 10

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 11

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 12

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 13

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Day 14

Continue to…è Comb & Pick nits every day of the week

Week 3

Day 15

Check Hair… there should be no more live lice or nits.

  1. If there are live lice, return to schedule for day 1 – 14.
  2. If there are nits, continue to comb and pick them out.

Week 4

Day 22

Check Hair… there should be no more live lice or nits.

  1. If there are live lice, return to schedule for day 8 
  2. If there are nits, continue to comb and pick them out.

Week 5

Day 29 If there are still live lice on this day èèè

Consider a medical office visit for a prescription strength agent.

 

 

 

 

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