Facts about Head Lice

Parent voluteers have been performing checks for head lice at the school, and would like to help parents further by providing some useful facts and resources.

Public Health fact sheet:  head_lice_en

Hair and Head Lice: Treatment and Prevention:  http://www.hairphysician.com/hair-and-head-lice-treatment-and-prevention.html

PREVENTION:

  • Keep long hair tied up in ponytails or even better, braids or a bun.
  • Use a little hairspray to keep stray hairs contained.
  • Use tea tree oil either by adding a few drops to your regular shampoo, or by making a spritz by adding a few drops to water in a spray bottle.  Tea tree oil can be very drying, so only use a few drops (as directed).

TREATMENT:

  • There a plenty of options available.  Ask a pharmacist, especially if you have any known allergies or intolerances. A lot of parents recommend using Nyda http://www.nyda.ca/#null. Its available at Costco and Rexell.
  • 1st treatment should be done asap.
  • 2nd treatment must be done within 7-10 days
  • Daily lice checks are essential
  • Follow up with weekly checks using a good nit comb.  Lice Squad one appears to be the most effective and comes highly recommended by other parents.  Available at licesquad.com