Winter Break and Lice

Winter Break and Lice
headlice

Winter Break and Lice

Schools see increase in lice after children come back from winter break.  Family and friends get together and have lots of sleepovers during this time.  Please make sure you are educating your children on prevention of lice.  See some of the tips below.

Avoid Head-To-Head Contact
Advise your child to avoid head-to-head contact when playing with others, whether at school, on a playground, or during sports activities.  Head lice can't fly, hop or jump; they spread from one child to another through direct contact.

Don't Share What's On Your Hair
Ask your child not to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, hair bands, ribbons, barrettes, towels - basically anything that is worn or used on the head.  Keep your child's hair in a ponytail, braid or bun when possible.

Bring Your Own Pillow and Blanket to Sleepovers
Bring your own pillow and blanket to sleepovers and then wash your child's clothes, pillow case and blanket it hot water when they return home.  If possible, comb your child's hair with a metal lice comb when they return home.  Households that have elementary aged children (or younger) should have a metal lice comb in their home that they use weekly to prevent lice.

If your child or something in your household has lice, make sure they are getting treated as soon as possible.  Notify friends and family members who were with your child or household member so they can check their children as well.

If your child should get lice during break, please make sure they are treated prior to coming back to school in January.  A notification to your child's school nurse is also needed so we can follow-up with lice re-checks.

Enjoy your winter break!


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