IF YOU FIND HEAD LICE
- Head lice live on the human head and lay eggs called nits, which stick to the hair.
- Head lice can crawl very fast, but they don't jump or fly from head to head.
- Head lice is a nuisance but not a health risk.
- Encourage your child not to share combs, hats, or other clothing with other children and check your child's head on a regular basis (for instance, every Sunday evening).
- Pinellas County Schools has a "no-nit" policy. Anyone with live lice or nits will be sent home from school until all nits and lice are removed.
- Use a commercial product obtained from your doctor or local drug store that is designed to get rid of head lice.
- Be sure to follow the directions carefully. Don't overuse the products. For advice on alternative treatments, consult your medical provider.
- Find and remove all eggs (nits) from the hair. (Flea combs used for pets work very well, or you can remove nits by hand).
- Check your child's head every day for 2 weeks to be sure no eggs were missed.
- Check all members of the family or household and treat only those members affected.
- Wash linens and bedding in hot water and dry thoroughly.
- Vacuum carpets, pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture and car seats.
- Place pillows and stuffed animals used by your child into a hot dryer for 10 minutes, or in a tightly closed bag for 2 weeks.
- Soak brushes, combs and other hair objects in 130 degree water for at least 10 minutes.