Lice 101
 
What you need to know!
 
  
A visual representation of a kid with lice in his hair - the lice has laid eggs.
 
 
What are Head Lice?
  • Small parasite that lives on human blood
  • Like to be next to warm scalp
  • Avoids light
  • Quick little “buggers”
  • By time live lice are noticed you have usually had them for several weeks
  • Not known to spread disease therefore are not considered a medical or public health hazard.
  • They do not live on animals
 
 
 
How to identify
  • Do NOT jump, hop or fly
  • They crawl from one head to another
  • Active infestation is presence of crawling live louse
  •   Louse- Adult lice
       Six legged critter the size of a sesame seed
       Has claws to hold on to the hair shaft
  • NitLice egg
        Attached to hair shaft with sticky substance
A picture of an adult, a nymph, and a lice egg next to a US penny for size comparison
 
 
How do you get “Rid” of it?
  • Remove lice using fine toothed comb
  • Remove what nits you can
  • Daily removal of live lice and nits over next 2 weeks
An adult checking a kids head for lice
  • Treat with “lice” shampoo like Rid or Nix
      Follow directions on box
      Retreat according to box instruction
  • Wash clothing and bed linens used within the past 48 hours
  • Vacuum house and car on regular basis
  • Clean combs and brushes in HOT water
  • Bag any items not able to be washed for 2 weeks
 
 
Avoid lice, How?
  • Avoid HEAD to HEAD contact
  • Avoid whispering into friend’s ear
  • Avoid hugs, elbow bump your friends instead
  • Avoid sharing pillows at sleepovers and sitting with heads leaning together
  • Avoid wrestling with one another
 
kids looking down at the camera on the floor while touching heads
 
 
Check your head regularly for lice to catch a new infestation early