Thursday, May 23, 2013

Head Lice

Head lice are small insects that feed on human blood. They are not dangerous, nor do they carry diseases, but the bite can cause itching and sores.

Lice are very easily passed from one person to another by contact with infected clothes, bed linens, towels, combs, hats, and close personal contact. It’s not uncommon for an entire classroom of children to be infected quickly.

Having lice is not a sign that a child is unclean. Teach your child not to share personal items, such as combs, hats, or head bands.

If your child gets head lice, treat with head lice medication. Wash bed linens and clothing in very hot water or put them in airtight bags for 10 days. Combs, brushes, hair ribbons or other items should be soaked in hot water or the lice medication or thrown away. Vacuum floors, furniture, and car head-rests; especially the areas used by children. Throw away the vacuum bag immediately.

Repeat the treatment in 7 to 10 days. Some eggs may have survived the first treatment so this is done to kill new lice that may have hatched.

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