Recently, there have been a lot of stories in the press about "super lice." Here is some additional information on the topic:
Each year millions of cases of head lice are discovered in the U.S., especially among children ages three to twelve. Although they are an annoyance, head lice are not dangerous and do not spread diseases. Your child's head may be examined several times during the school year. To help us prevent infestations:
- Resistance to over the counter (OTC) lice treatments is NOT a new problem. Resistant strains have been around since the late 1990s.
- It is still recommended that you try OTC treatments as a first line of treatment. You must follow the directions exactly. Often this means repeating the treatment in 5-7 days. If lice persist after that, please see your pediatrician to obtain a prescription shampoo.
- A relatively small amount of lice cases are transmitted at schools. Sleepovers, birthday parties, family members, etc. are often sources of infestation.
- Periodically examine your child's head and scalp. Look for white or grayish crawling forms, about the size of a sesame seed and/or yellowish-white eggs (nits) attached to the hair shafts close to the scalp.
- Tell your child to avoid head-to-head contact and any sharing of combs, brushes, towels, hats, scarves, barrettes, or other personal items worn on the head.
- At sleepovers, have children sleep head-to-toe so that their heads are not next to one another
- Have students with long hair place hair in a ponytail, braid, or bun.
- Lice like clean hair. Coating the hair with gel or spray may reduce the chance of infestation.
- Notify the school nurse immediately if you suspect infestion. Students who have been treated need to be examined before returning to class.
Last Modified on June 12, 2017