Lice Information
Monday, December 08, 2008 9:30 PM

Recently, concerned parents have contacted the school to talk about head lice. Parents who have treated their children do not want to go through it again, so they have asked for public awareness and education regarding lice. The following steps detail what should be done if you discover lice on your child or if a case of lice is reported in your child’s classroom.

  1. Use a lice-killing product, following the directions carefully. Know that a second treatment 7-10 days later may be necessary. Remove all nits with a nit-removing, fine-tooth, metal comb nightly for 2 weeks. Parents have report that NIX does not work to kill nits; nits need to be hand removed. This is a laborious, tedious, time-consuming step, but is absolutely essential for success. Tie your treated child’s hair back for 3 weeks. Remember, the #1 causeof re-infestation is incomplete nit removal.
  2. As with any other infectious disease or condition, please notify the school health office, parents of friends, Minneapolis Kids, as well as any other program your child participates in.
  3. Teach your children not to share hats, brushes, combs, helmets, headphones and other personal items.
  4. Wash bedding and recently worn clothing, then dry them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.  Vacuum furniture, rugs, car seats, and stuffed animals; throw the vacuum bag out. Put items that cannot be washed and dried into a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks. Soak combs and brushes in hot, soapy water for 10 minutes.
  5. If a case of lice is reported in your child’s classroom, tie your child’s hair back for 3 weeks to decrease the likelihood of crosscontamination.
  6. Go to Lake Harriet’s Health Service web site and view the DVD Head Lice to Dead Lice. Also go to the Minnesota Department of Health’s website for more information.

Any questions? Please feel free to call Kathy Frey, LSN, or Janet Kautz, LPN, in the health office (668-3315 or 668-3222). Thank you!