Information about Lice

Information about Lice
Posted on 06/28/2017

To reduce the exposure to head lice:

  • Do weekly head checks and look for lice and nits. (Try checking on Friday evening so you have the weekend to treat if necessary.) Lice and nits are very small. Use a bright light and/or magnifying glass when checking your child’s head. Outdoor light is best.
  • Check before and after a sleep-over.
  • Don’t share personal items that have been close to the head or neck.
  • Keep long hair in a braid or ponytail.

To check for Head Lice:

  1. Check the entire head, parting the hair into small sections and checking front to back, and side to side.
  2.  Check one section at a time.
  3.  Lice like to lay their eggs on hair shafts in the thickest part of hair growth behind the ears, above the neck, and on top of the head. The eggs (also called nits) are tiny, oval shaped, whitish, grayish, and hard to remove from the hair.

Notify the school if you find live lice or nits in your child’s hair, 425-431-7515. We will monitor students who have been identified with head lice and/or nits.

The school can help with information to treat lice, and cleaning measures to be used at home.

For more information, contact the Snohomish County Health District at 425-339-5230 or visit their website at http://www.snohd.org.

If you have further questions about this please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Amy Helgoe, by phone 425-431-1088 or email: helgoea@edmonds.wednet.edu.

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