May 3, 2017
Dear Southmoor Families,
As your child’s school nurse, I wanted to let you know that incidents of head lice have occurred in our school.
It’s always a good reminder to go over the protocol checklist to ensure you have done most of what is listed below. Sometimes the lice are never fully eradicated after the first onset, and therefore it appears that they keep coming back. The most effective tool in eradicating head lice is meticulous, continual checking of the child’s head by a parent. I can’t emphasize enough that head checks should continue to be done at home for at least 4-6 weeks after identification and then randomly. If you find your child is not responding to the treatment regimen that you’ve tried thus far, I would encourage you to visit your pediatrician’s office as they can give you a prescription for a stronger remedy that may be more effective for your child.
HOW TO CONTROL HEAD LICE:
- Shampoo your child’s hair (and other infested family members) with an appropriate shampoo or cream rinse, which is labeled for controlling lice. Some examples of lice shampoos or rinses include: A – 200 Pyrinate, Kwell, Nix, Rid, and R & C. These and other products are available at your local drug store, or they may be prescribed by a doctor. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. Do not use remedies or products that are not labeled for controlling lice as these may not work, and they may even be harmful.
- Be sure to shampoo all affected family members at the same time. Any family member with nits (eggs) in the hair or with an itchy scalp should be treated.
- After shampooing, family members should change into clean clothes. Wash all dirty clothing, linens, and towels in a hot or warm wash cycle. Non-washable items may be dry-cleaned, or they may be vacuumed and sealed in plastic bags for two weeks.
- Soak combs, brushes, hair picks, etc. in hot (almost boiling) water for at least 15 minutes.
- Vacuum chairs, couches and other furniture where the children sit, sleep, or play in order to pick-up any loose nits or lice. You do not need to apply household pesticides.
- Be sure to shampoo everyone once again 7 to 10 days later. The timing is very important. In addition, remember to wash dirty clothes, vacuum furniture and treat combs and brushes on the same day.
- To better your chances for a successful treatment, take the time to remove nits from your child’s hair, preferably by using nit combs which are available at local drugstores. Nit removal is important as some of the eggs will survive the shampoo treatments.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions or provide you with additional information.
Beth Ball, RN, BSN
School Nurse (**at Southmoor on Thursdays***) email@example.com