By admin Amesbury School | Posted: Friday May 27, 2016
We have had reports of students with head lice so to help prevent the spread in school, it is important everyone checks their whole family. If signs of head lice are found, the whole family should be treated...
Half of the people who have head lice never scratch their heads, so itching is not a reliable sign. Lice can also be difficult to spot. The easiest and most effective way to find head lice is outlined below.
Step 1 Comb hair conditioner on to dry, brushed (detangled) hair. This makes it difficult for lice to grip the hair or run around.
Step 2 Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.
Step 3 Look on the tissue and on the comb for lice and eggs.
Step 4 Repeat the combing for every part of the head at least four or five times.
Step 5 If the person has been treated recently and only hatched eggs are found, you may not have to treat them again since the eggs could be from the old infection.
Step 6 If lice or eggs are found, the person should be treated.
To prevent other members of your family from getting head lice, you’ll need to wash the infected child’s bedding and clothing in hot water. Make sure to wash her combs and brushes too and keep her hair tied back firmly to prevent cross-contamination.
The two most common head lice treatment methods are ‘wet combing’ and ‘chemical treatment’.
Always re-treat 7–10 days after the first treatment, to kill any head lice that may have hatched from eggs that survived the first treatment.
REMEMBER! Because live eggs hatch in 7-10 days, the key to success in getting rid of them is to repeat whatever treatment you settle on every three-four days for a couple of weeks. You can only break the cycle if you stop the newly hatched lice from laying eggs.