If teachers suspect the presence of nits or lice, they aren’t permitted to inspect the child’s hair but are required to contact parents.
If head lice have been suspected in your child’s class, a note will be sent home informing parents that head lice is present in the class and detailing how to find out if your child has caught this condition.
What Are Head Lice?
Head lice are wingless parasites that live on the scalp. Lice are unable to fly or jump from one person to another, however, they can crawl. The most common way for lice to spread is from head-to head-contact. They may also get from one person to another by sharing combs, brushes, hats, towels, sleeping bags or bed linens with an infected person.
What Is The Treatment For Head Lice?
Use an over-the-counter or prescription medication approved by your health care provider. Follow all instructions about how to use the medicine. Note: Do not use creme rinse or combination shampoo/conditioner before using lice medicine. Don't wash hair for 1 to 2 days after applying medicine.
Using the comb and conditioner method. This method has become very popular in recent times, especially as some parents are concerned about the effects of the regular use of chemical treatments.
Conditioner does not kill the lice but stuns them for about twenty minutes, which is long enough to comb out the lice. Apply generous amounts of cheap conditioner to dry hair, covering each hair from root to tip. Use white conditioner as the lice and eggs are easier to see. Detangle the hair using an ordinary comb and part into sections. Immediately comb the hair with a fine tooth lice comb, starting from the base of the scalp. Comb each section several times, wiping comb onto a tissue to check for lice and nymphs. Repeat combing all through the hair until no more lice are found on the comb.
Electronic combs are also an effective treatment. They are available at selected chemists.
Be careful when using commercial or natural products. Cover eyes with a towel or washer being careful not to get the treatment in the eyes. Wear gloves and wash hands thoroughly after use. Do not use insecticides, methylated spirits or kerosene on heads as a treatment for head lice.
The most important thing is to use head lice medication to kill the lice on the person and other family members. Wash any clothing and bedding that had been used by the person who has lice in the 2 days prior to treatment.
Check hair and comb with a nit comb (usually included in lice medication package) every 2 to 3 days to remove nits and lice. Continue checking for 2 to 3 weeks to be sure they are all gone.
Machine wash all clothing and bedding with hot water and dry on high for at least 20 minutes. Dry clean clothing that is not washable.
Store all clothing, stuffed animals, and comforters that can't be washed or dry-cleaned in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.
Soak combs and brushes in rubbing alcohol or Lysol for 1 hour or wash with soap and hot water.
Vacuum the floor and furniture where the person with lice usually sits and lays.
Note: Head lice do not live long once they fall off the person so don't spend a lot of time or money on cleaning.
ALERT SCHOOL OFFICIALS IF YOU FIND HEAD LICE ON YOUR CHILD
The only way to be certain that head lice will not persist is to adequately treat anyone who has them. If you discover head lice on your child, chances are that someone else in the classroom is also affected.
Remember that head lice do not imply unsanitary living conditions. You are doing your child, his or her classmates and the teacher a disservice if embarrassment keeps you from sharing information about head lice.