Information about Lice

Information about Lice
Posted on 06/28/2017

As a reminder, you should check your student each week for the presence of head lice.
● Notify the school if you find live lice or nits in your child’s hair.
● 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.

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.

To treat for Head Lice
1. Nits must be removed by hand or with a comb such as the LiceMeister .
2. A variety of head lice treatments are available. You may want to talk to your health care provider,
School Nurse, or Pharmacist for recommendations. (you still have to remove nits after treatment)

NO TREATMENT CAN GUARANTEE THAT IT WILL KILL HEAD LICE AND NITS--
they must be physically combed out of the hair or removed by hand.


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.
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.


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 me by phone (425) 431-3079 or email:
stengelea924@edmonds.wednet.edu
Respectfully,

Certificated School Nurse

 Parent-Guardian Lice check Reminder.PDF

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