CFB Updates
Published on Oct 24, 2017 12:28

 

Head lice have become more and more of a problem over the last few years all across the country.  There are a few cases of head lice at CFB and we are definitely heading into the season, so I am sending out general information on head lice.  It is important to remember that the presence of head lice is not an indication of how clean or dirty your home or child is.  Also, the presence of head lice is a nuisance, but the lice do not spread disease.

 

Head lice can be spread through direct head-to-head contact, sharing hats, hairbrushes and other personal items.

 

Control of head lice depends on prompt diagnosis and effective treatment.

Your help in inspecting your child at least weekly throughout the school year for the presence of head lice would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

How to inspect your child for head lice:

-Use a bright light.

-Begin looking at the back of the head just above the neck area.

-Part hair section by section and look closely for head lice or nits (eggs). Eggs will usually be located near the scalp.

-Depending on the length and thickness of the hair, it should take between 5-15 minutes to properly inspect a child’s head.

 

If you suspect your child is infested with head lice, please notify the school nurse and your pediatrician.  In addition, the entire family should be inspected for head lice.  For information on how to treat heat lice, consult your pediatrician, a local pharmacist or the school nurse. 

 

Further information on head lice can be found at:

National Pediculosis Association at www.headlice.org

Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Diane Danehy BSN, MPH, RN

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