Sometimes dandruff and hair products look similar so if you are not sure, ask the nurse.Lice do not cause disease or infection, but they are a nuisance! Lice do not hop, jump or fly; they are transmitted directly from person-to-person (most commonly), or indirectly through personal objects such ashairbrushes, hats, scares, clothing, sheets, and pillowcases. Away from people, head lice can live for only ashort time; they must have a human head in order to survive and hatch eggs.Lice and their nits can become resistant to available lice treatments if they are not used exactly according tothe product label. Never divide a bottle of lice shampoo between family members and always do the second shampooing (usually 7-10 days later) as directed. Re-infection may occur if even one viable nit remains on the hair shaft. After treatment, nits are removed by scraping them off the entire length of the hair. Special fine-tooth combs are available, and it is common to “nit pick” through the hair after treatment to remove the nits. Children with head lice may return to school once they have been treated and are live lice free, but need to stop by the nurse’s office for a head check. 10 Steps to Staying Ahead of Lice1.Watch for signs of head lice, such as frequent head scratching.2.Check all family members for lice and nits (lice eggs) at least once a week. It helps to use natural light and a magnifying glass. 3.If you find lice, consult with your physician for a recommendation of a lice product found at your drug store or the pharmacy section of your food store. Treat only family members with nits/lice.4.Consult with your doctor first if you are pregnant, nursing or allergic to weeds, plants, etc. Never use a lice product on a baby or children under 2 years of age. 5.Follow package directions carefully. Use the product over the sink (not in the tub or shower). Keep the eyes covered with a washcloth. 6.After using treatment, removal of nits (they stick to hair even after treatment) is the most important step. Use metal nit comb to pry nits off hair shaft. This is essential! Apply hair conditioner to wet hair for easy comb-out. 7.Wash sheets and recently worn clothing in hot water and in a hot dryer. Combs and brushes may be soaked in hot (not boiling) water for 10 minutes. 8.Vacuuming is the safest and best way to control lice on mattresses, rugs, furniture and stuffed animals. Chemical sprays are not necessary. 9.Continue tocomb hair outto check for remaining nits for 2-3 weeks to make sure head lice are gone. This is tedious work, but it is the best way to control lice.Tip: It is easier to comb and check hair when it is wet with some conditioner left in. 10.When you find a case of lice, tell others. Kindly call your child’s school or daycare. Notify neighborhood parents and parents of children your child has recently been in contact with (especially sleepovers). We know that even the best of families can catch lice, and most of us whoare parents have been through it at least once ourselves.
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