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Head Lice Information

 

Lice are a nuisance and require attention and diligence to rid them from the individual's head and from your home. 

 

  •  Anyone can get head lice. 
  • Lice infestations are not related to cleanliness and can occur in all socioeconomic groups. 
  • Lice are transmitted through direct head-to-head contact from an infested individual. Although it is possible that sharing personal items such as a hairbrush, comb, helmet, hat, or pillow it is uncommon. 
  • Not all people experience symptoms of head lice, however some symptoms include: tickling feeling on the scalp or in the hair; itching caused by the bites of the louse; irritability and difficulty sleeping (lice are more active in the dark); sore on the head caused by scratching which can become infected. 
  • It is important to contact all individuals your child has been in close contact with if your child becomes infested with lice. 
  • Contact the School Office and/or School Nurse if you find head lice/nits on your child. Information will be sent home to inform families that there has been a confirmed case of head lice in the class. This makes other families aware of the possibility that their child may also have lice. 
  • If head lice are found in your child's hair or scalp please contact your Pediatrician, Family Physician or School Nurse to get appropriate care.