It Takes a Village Health Newsletter
NURSING - Vicki Goss RN, Sage Parent
With cases of head lice still creeping up at Sage, it’s a good idea to check your child’s hair often. Remember, good grooming and hygiene will not keep your child from getting lice if he or she comes in direct contact with it. Please remind your child not to share hats, scarves, coats, combs, brushes or hair accessories with anyone.
Inspect your child’s hair with close attention to behind the ears and along the back of the neckline. Look for lice that are clear or brownish color, or nits that cling to the scalp. If you find your child has head lice, there are several over-the-counter remedies available. You will want to check other family members and treat at the same time if needed. Linens and recently worn clothes should also be washed. The school should be notified immediately, and your child can return to school once treatment has been started. It is important to recheck for lice after approximately 14 days later to make sure treatment was effective (NASN, 2014).
National Association of School Nurses (2014). Headfirst Lice Lessons.