Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Health Update: Lice

There are some lice going around Lewis School.  The best way to stop lice from spreading is by working together.

Please check your kid’s head carefully for lice EVERY EVENING.  Lice are hard to see and sometimes you may not notice them.  Please do this for the next few weeks.
Lice are highly contagious and do not discriminate.  Bites from lice can cause intense itching and irritation of the scalp or other area of the body where lice are present. Symptoms may not occur until at least two months after the lice begin living on the body. Having lice has nothing to do with poor hygiene.
There are many inexpensive shampoos that are specifically designed for killing lice.  You can purchase them at any drugstore or grocery store such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, or Fred Meyer.
Popular brands that are effective include RID and NIX.  Store-brands also get good reviews.  Follow the directions carefully.  You often will have to complete the treatment a few times.
It is EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT to wash all combs, brushes, hats, and towels after each shampoo if anyone in your family has lice. You must also wash clothes, bed linens, stuffed animals, and towels in the hot cycles of your washer and dryer (Heat kills the insects). It is not necessary to spray clothes or household objects with an insecticide.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  

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