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Head Lice


Treat only those who have live lice or nits.  Wash hair with a pediculicide (lice-killing) shampoo.  There are several brands available over-the-counter.  Follow directions carefully.

If your child has recently had head lice, consult your doctor or Health Department for advice.

Some lice are resistant to over-the-counter shampoos and require a prescription shampoo.

Comb out all nits with a special nit comb.

This is tedious and time-consuming but VERY IMPORTANT.  Some of the nits will hatch if not removed.


Clothes and bed linens should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer for 30 minutes.  Stuffed animals, pillows and other items that cannot be washed should be put in a hot dryer for 30 minutes OR sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks OR placed in the freezer for 24 hours.

Brushes/Combs: soak in hot soapy water OR soak in 1 quart water with 3 teaspoons of Lysol added OR soak in rubbing alcohol for at least one hour.

Vaccuum the whole house, car, upholstered furniture, mattress and pillows every day for 10 days and dispose of bag each day.


Inspect hair daily and remove any nits you see.

Plan to retreat according to shampoo directions.

Vaccuum every day.

Return to School

Student may return to school as soon as you wash hair and comb out the nits. 

Have student come to clinic for head check before returning  to class.


Thank you for your cooperation.