Information about Lice
Lice live on human heads and feed on human blood
Lice do not live on animals
Lice can't fly, jump or hop
Lice are unlikely to re-infest after coming off a head
Lice are spread mainly by head-to-head contact
Lice like clean or dirty hair
Lice do not carry disease
Lice lay 3 to 10 eggs (nits) a day; nits hatch after 5 to 10 days
Lice lay 100 to 300 eggs (nits) before they die
How to Prevent Head Lice
Avoid direct head-to-head contact with people
Don't share brushes, combs, ribbons, hats, helmets, or hair ties
Keep long hair tied up or pulled back
Brush hair regularly with a close bristled brush
Lice can be resistant to pediculocides (chemical treatments- not recommended for children under 3 years of age)
No matter what treatment is used, all nits must be removed to eradicate lice.
Recommend the use of a metal nit comb and manual removal (nit picking) to remove all nits.
Olive oil on hair for 8 or more hours, it has its own insecticidal properties, it smothers and kills active head lice. Use it daily for up to 3 weeks.
Treatment is not complete until ALL nits are removed.
For More Information Contact Your School Nurse