Head Lice Information
Lice are a nuisance and require attention and diligence to rid them from the individual's head and from your home.
- Anyone can get head lice.
- Lice infestations are not related to cleanliness and can occur in all socioeconomic groups.
- Lice are transmitted through direct head-to-head contact from an infested individual. Although it is possible that sharing personal items such as a hairbrush, comb, helmet, hat, or pillow it is uncommon.
- Not all people experience symptoms of head lice, however some symptoms include: tickling feeling on the scalp or in the hair; itching caused by the bites of the louse; irritability and difficulty sleeping (lice are more active in the dark); sore on the head caused by scratching which can become infected.
- It is important to contact all individuals your child has been in close contact with if your child becomes infested with lice.
- Contact the School Office and/or School Nurse if you find head lice/nits on your child. Information will be sent home to inform families that there has been a confirmed case of head lice in the class. This makes other families aware of the possibility that their child may also have lice.
- If head lice are found in your child's hair or scalp please contact your Pediatrician, Family Physician or School Nurse to get appropriate care.