Head Lice Information
I am sure you are aware we have several cases of lice this year. Head lice are actually far less transmissible than commonly believed. They do not fly or jump. Lice are usually spread by head to head contact. They can be transferred by shared combs, hats or hair accessories. They may also remain on bedding and upholstered furniture for a brief period. They do not pose a health threat. They do not transmit disease. They are, however, annoying and very time consuming to deal with, so parental vigilance is a tremendous help.
Here is a review of head lice information and how to treat them:
If you detect a case of head ice on your child or are unsure what to look for please contact me. I will maintain confidentiality, but be aware children often discuss the problem openly with their peers.
- The head louse (bug) is 2-4 mm long, the size of a sesame seed and grayish brown in color.
- Nits (eggs) are the size of a grain of sand, tear drop shaped, grayish white and glued to the hair shaft. they will not brush off.
- Lice move quickly when exposed to light.
- Itching of the scalp is often the first complaint.
- Nits hatch in approximately 8 days and reach adult stage 9-12 days later (for this reason many commercial products recommend treating a second time in 7-10 days.
- Nits are often more numerous at the nape of the neck and around the ears.
- Diligent combing , in small sections, with a "lice comb" is especially helpful in getting rid of live bugs and nits.
Below are several links that will be of help on how to manage a case of head lice.
American Academy of Pediatrics