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Head Lice Information

CHECKING FOR HEAD LICE:

  • This YouTube video does a great job of showing how to check for head lice.  Start at the nape of the neck (the part of the head where the neck and hairline starts) and work up to the top of the head.  It seems that lice prefer nape of the neck or just behind the ears.

 

 

  • This YouTube video shows you what lice and nits (lice eggs) look like.

 

  • If you have never seen lice/nits before, it can be hard to tell the difference between dandruff and nits (nits are the eggs).  This video describes the difference.  Tap the hair strand with the dandruff flake, the dandruff falls off.  If it were a nit and you tap it, it would not fall off.  The nit is held to the strand of hair with a sticky substance that allows it to stay stuck.

 

 

IF YOU SEE LICE:

  • This video is made by Rid (one company that makes a hair treatment for lice removal).  It does a good job of showing how to use the products used to treat hair.  Keep in mind, when you are combing out lice/nits, go SLOWLY and comb down the entire length of the hair strand.

https://youtu.be/aA7rZ2dI5lw

  • The video makes a good point, if you do not check remove ALL nits/lice your child will not be lice free after treatment.  While most chemical, hair treatments kill live lice, it may not kill all of the nits (eggs).  If you do not remove all the eggs, after they hatch your child will have lice again.

 

 

AFTER LICE SHAMPOO:

  • After removing all live lice and removing all nits (eggs), you will need to do a LOT of cleaning to ensure lice do not return.  Most videos I have watched suggest writing down where your child has been for the last 48 hours.  After writing it down, make a list of items that have come into contact with your child in those environments.  ALL of those items will need to be cleaned throughly in order to guarantee complete lice removal.
  • CHECKLISTS FOR CLEANING THE HOME can be viewed at:  https://www.amherst.k12.wi.us/nurse/LICE%20CONTROL%20CHECKLIST%20FOR%20HOME.pdf
  • https://www.oakgov.com/health/information/Documents/headlice_checklist.pdf
  • RETREATMENT AFTER 7-10 DAYS