As you already know, headlice is a problem throughout the country. We want everyone to be proactive. We recommend that all our families conduct regular head checks at home.
Please check a few times a week; for just a few minutes. You know your children best so consider these 10 things when looking for signs of nits and live lice:
- Constant head scratching is your number one signal that there may be a problem.
- Excessive dry or flaky scalp. Nits are connected to individual hair shafts and cannot be blown or flicked off. Students create dry patches when scratching areas where nits form. They can be concentrated in small or large patches throughout the hair. When detected early, there may be only a few nits attached to hair shafts. The sooner you detect something, the better.
- Don’t Panic! If you are vigilant, the chances of your family being affected are slim!
- There are choices of treatments! Olive oil, mayonnaise, heavy hair conditioners under plastic shower caps are a great way of killing any live lice and give the comb an easy glide through any head of hair.
- A very fine-tooth comb is the most important tool. Parting the hair and combing through with a fine-tooth comb removes nits from hair shafts. That is the only way to prevent future outbreaks!
- Due Diligence. Wash and hot dry ALL: coats, backpacks, scarves, hats, gloves, along with clothes; ALL used sheets, towels, pillow cases, blankets and bedspreads have to be washed and dried also.
- ALL stuffed animals, and pillows (bed, couch, chair) can be tossed in a very hot dryer for 20 minutes.
- Vacuum all floors, carpets and mats.
- Consider everywhere you rest your head, which includes the sofa and your car! Anywhere there is fabric as opposed to vinyl or leather may need to be sprayed with insecticide. You can find natural biodegradable products as alternatives to chemical sprays. These products are not harmful to humans or animals.
- Use the internet! Google is your best friend when searching info, photos, directions and solutions used to prevent head lice.