Head Lice

Head Lice are tiny insects about the size of a seasme seed. They move from one person to another by head to head contact. They cannot jump to another person's head.

Children who get head lice may feel embarrassed or ashamed, but they shouldnot. Anyone can get head lice. It has nothing to do with feeling dirty or clean, and lice do not spread disease or illness. Be sensitive to your child's feelings.


How to Find Head Lice

  1. Severe itching is the most common sign of head lice.
  2. Look for head lice and tiny white or grey colored eggs called nits.
  3. Check your own head and the heads of everyone else who lives with you.
  4. Tell your child's school or daycare centre and after school program if your child has head lice. Also, tell the parents of your child's close friends to check their child for head lice.


How to Treat Head Lice

  1. Start treatment right away only if you find live head lice crawling on your child’s hair or scalp.
  2. Only use medicated treatments on your child's head if your find live, moving head lice. Follow the manufacture's instructions carefully.
  3. Do not use medicated treatments if you just find eggs or nits.
  4. After treating your child's hair, make sure there are no live head lice. If you still find head lice that are moving, go back to your pharmacist or physician to help.
  5. You can choose to remove nits from the hair by pulling them off with your fingernails or a special lice comb, but this is not necessary.
  6. Do a second treatment 7-10 days after the first one to kill any lice that hatch after the first treatment.


How to Prevent Head Lice

  1. Do not share personal items, such as combs, hats, scarves, helmets and earphones.
  2. Keep hats and scarves in a coat sleeve or pocket instead of in a spot with other hats and scarves.
  3. Tie back long hair
  4. Check your child's head every week for head lice.

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