Lice/Nits Facts:

   Lice don’t spread diseases and are not dangerous.

   Lice are highly contagious

   Lice can’t jump or fly from person to person

   Lice are spread from head to head contact – sharing hats, combs, brushes, clothing and bedding

   Pets can not get head lice

   Getting lice does not mean you are dirty, they like clean hair

   Lice eggs (nits) look like yellow, tan or brown dots , and can not be removed by brushing off

   After laid lice eggs hatch in 7-10 days

   Baby Lice are brownish tan and become teenagers within 7 days after they hatch

   Lice can not live off humans for more than 2 days

   Lice need human blood to survive

   Most common symptoms are itching and scratching around the ears and back of the neck

   Pool Chlorine or swimming in the ocean does not kill lice

Lice Prevention:

GIRLS:

   Keep your hair in a bun or braids.

   Avoid head to head contact.

   Do not share brushes, combs, clips, hats, scarves, helmets, rubber bands, bows, etc.

   Do not share pillows, sleeping bags, or blankets.

   Regularly screen for head lice.

BOYS:

   Keep your hair short.

   Avoid head to head contact.

   Do not share brushes, combs, hats, helmets, swim caps, etc.

   Do not share pillows, sleeping bags, or blankets.

   Regularly screen for head lice.

Cleaning of the Home

  1. Vacuum the carpet and upholstered furniture. For leather furniture wipe down where you sit. Do not use over the counter lice sprays from the store to treat furniture. They leave of pesticides around your home.
  2. Pull all hair out of brushes before putting them in a pot of hot steaming water or dishwasher.
  3. Wash all the clothes and bedding that the person treated came in contact with in the past 2 days. Pillows also need to be put in the dryer on highest heat for 25 minutes. Wash normally and dry using the hottest cycle for 25 minutes. If you can not wash or dry any items, bag them for 2 days.
  4. Clean or bag items that have come in contact with the head in the last 2 days such as headphones, hats, helmets, hair ties, stuffed animals, coats, or a car seat. The items that cannot be washed or vacuumed need to be bagged for at least 2 days. Lice cannot survive off the head for more than 2 days.

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