LICE

LICE

Lice are Not Nice

 

Head lice have become more and more of a problem over the last few years and the number of children infested with head lice is increasing all across the country. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. According to the CDC, “Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen”. At Wyoming, we frequently speak to the children about the importance of not sharing personal items such as combs, brushes, hats or headbands.

I am asking for parents to do your part to prevent the spread of this communicable condition by checking the head of your child(ren) regularly during the school year for lice. Infestation is much easier to treat if caught early. “The diagnosis of head lice infestation is best made by finding a live nymph or adult louse on the scalp or hair of a person. Because adult and nymph lice are very small, move quickly, and avoid light, they may be difficult to find. Use of a fine-toothed louse comb may facilitate identification of live lice.” (CDC).

The CDC has great information about lice that you can access at http:// http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html. You can also access The National Pediculosis Association by selecting the link on my home page. They have valuable information.

If you should ever discover your child has a case of lice, please notify the school nurse and notify the parents of your child’s playmates. In addition, your entire family should be inspected. This is the best way to protect your family and the Wyoming community

 

Thank you for your cooperation and support