NEWSLETTER ADDITION - HEAD LICE
Having lice is nothing to panic or get embarrassed about, can happen to any child in any socioeconomic group and are not a health hazard or sign of uncleanliness at home or school.
Lice are crawling insects that live on the human scalp and hair. Lice DO NOT hop or fly. They can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Lice are the size of a sesame seeds (usually brown) and lay tiny white oval shaped eggs (nits) that are firmly attached to hair close to the scalp and may look like dandruff, but they cannot be easily removed because they are glued to the hair shaft. Nits are usually found behind ears, at top of head and at neckline/hairline. They can cause itching and redness of scalp. It is useful to periodically check your child's hair for lice or nits.
If your student gets lice, there are several lice treatment shampoos available at local drugstores. Careful inspection and combing of hair following shampoo to remove nits is also detrimental to getting rid of lice. Clothes, linens, towels should be washed and dried well in a clothes drier. Vacuum chairs, couches, mattresses and floors well. Retreatment may be required in 7-10 days. To avoid sharing lice, do not share hats, combs, brushes, scarves, or coats.
It is the position of AAP, NASN, and CDPHE that the management of head lice should not disrupt the educational process. No disease is associated with head lice, and in school transmission is considered to be rare. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school HEALTH OFFICE for assistance.