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Head Lice season?

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The Lice season is upon us again!!!

I’m sorry to inform you all, but there are lice at our school. I hope you will all take the time to read the information below in order to prevent a major spread and to receive some advice about what to do if your child comes home with lice…

The head louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on extremely small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice are a very common problem, especially for kid’s ages 3 years to 12 years.

How can I tell if my child has lice?
Though very small, lice can be seen by the naked eye, but it’s difficult. It's more common to see lice eggs (called nits) in a child's hair than it is to see live lice crawling on the scalp. Lice eggs look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch. After hatching, the remaining shell looks white or clear. Lice lay nits on hair shafts close to the skin's surface, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch. Nits resemble dandruff, only they can't be removed by brushing or shaking them off. Lice eggs hatch within 1 to 2 weeks after they're laid.

The adult louse is no bigger than a sesame seed and is brownish tan (although lice may look darker on people with dark hair). Nymphs are smaller and become adult lice about 7 days after they hatch. Most lice feed on blood about every 4 hours, but they can survive up to 3 days off the scalp.

You may be able to see the lice or nits by parting your child's hair into small sections and checking for lice and nits on the scalp, behind the ears, and around the nape of the neck. A magnifying glass and bright light may help. It can be tough to find a nymph or adult louse, though, as often there aren't many of them and they're able to move fast.

With lice bites comes itching and scratching, however, the itching may not always start right away (and some children may never feel it). It can sometimes take weeks for kids with lice to start scratching.

Small, red bumps or sores from scratching.
For some kids the irritation is mild; for others more bothersome. Persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.

If you discover that your child has lice or nits, contact the class teacher or the school nurse to let them know about it.

Are Lice Contagious?
Lice are highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person, especially in group settings. Though they can't fly or jump, these tiny parasites have specially adapted claws that allow them to crawl and cling firmly to hair.

They spread mainly through head-to-head contact, but sharing clothing, combs, brushes, and hats can also help pass them along. Children and teens are most prone to catching lice because they tend to have close physical contact with each other and often share personal items.

How Are Lice Treated?
It is difficult to recommend any of the currently available lice shampoos for one reason - a high percentage of the lice are today resistant to the chemicals in the shampoos, so they simply don’t work as expected. Furthermore, these products are insecticides, which I feel should be kept away from children, especially given the fact that a lot of children complain of irritated and sore scalps after using these products.

I do, however, highly recommend the BugBusting method combined with normal balsam or conditioner.  A BugBuster comb-set is available at many pharmacies, and contains a range of different combs, all with very fine-teeth and less sharp edges. By following the instructions, the child is usually lice free after 2 “treatments” followed by two extra “treatments” after 7 and 10 day to be sure that hatched nits are removed too.

Lots of water and conditioner temporarily immobilise the lice and they become easier to comb out and less painful for the child.

There is also a new product on the market called Hedrin. It’s a lotion which does not contain conventional insecticides. The active ingredient, Dimeticone, coats the insects like a shrink-wrap which kills them. Hedrin acts as a physical inhibitor by smothering the louse, preventing its ability to excrete surplus water. Hedrin can be used again and again because, unlike pesticide treatments, it’s mode of action means that lice do not develop resistance to it. And because Hedrin is not absorbed by the skin it is suitable for use by everyone in the family from the age of 6 months upwards. Treatment with Hedrin should also be repeated after 7 days in order to kill the lice that have hatched within the last days.

One negative thing about Hedrin is that it’s fairly expensive!!!

Keep in mind that head lice don't survive long once they fall off a person. So it's unnecessary to spend a great deal of time and money trying to rid the house of lice. Here are some simple steps you can take to help get rid of the lice and their eggs, and help prevent a lice re-infestation:  

  • Wash all bed linen and clothing that has been recently worn by infested persons in very hot water (130 degrees Fahrenheit, or 60 degrees Celsius).
  • Place any hair ties or bands, headbands, brushes, stuffed animals or plush toys that can't be washed in the freezer for 48 hours.
  • As lice are easily passed from one person to another, especially if they live in the same house, the entire family needs to be checked for head lice.

Can Lice Be Prevented?
Having head lice is not a sign of poor hygiene. Lice can be a problem for kids of all ages and socio-economic levels, no matter how often they do - or don't - clean their hair or bathe. You can, however, help to prevent your child from getting lice - or from becoming re-infested - by taking the following precautions:
  • Tell your child not to share combs, brushes, hats, hair ties or bands, towels, helmets, or other personal care items with anyone else, whether they may have lice or not.
  • Tell your child not to lie on bedding, pillows, and carpets that have recently been used by someone with lice.
  • Examine members of your household every 3 or 4 days, if they have had close contact with a person who has or has had lice.
  • Make it a habit to comb you child every Sunday, and spread the idea so we can make this school a Lice Free School!!

Join the fight!

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