Head Lice

            

Pediculosis, or Head Lice is a condition that affects an estimated 6 to 12 million children each year.  Head lice are parasites that are found on the scalp, around the ears and at the back of the neck. They are spread from direct head to head contact or sharing of personal items such as brushes, bedding or hats. It is especially easily spread among family members including the adults. Head lice do not hop or fly. The most common symptom is itching and head scratching. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and they do no transmit disease.

To prevent the problem of head lice it is suggested that you:

·         Check your child’s head regularly as part of your hygiene routine – at least once a week

·         Watch for signs of head lice such as frequent head scratching

·         Remind your child not to share personal items such as combs, hair accessories, pillows, hats or helmets.

·         Keeping longer hair in ponytails or braids can help prevent the spread

·         If you suspect head lice, contact your medical provider or school nurse for instruction and resources that might help eliminate the problem.                                                                 
  
                                       

Parent Information Sheet

Facts About Head Lice and Treatment Calendar

LINKS:

Healthy Children .org, American Academy of Pediatrics.  (available in Spanish)

CDC Fact Sheet – Head Lice – available in English and Spanish

 

 

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