is your child ill?

  • Lice

    • Lice are small bugs that live in the hair of humans. Nits are white eggs of lice. Nits usually hatch within 1 week but can live up to 2 weeks before hatching. Lice and nits are very itchy. They are very contagious and can spread from person to person after sharing hats, brushes, or even being in close contact.
    • Symptoms: itchy scalp, presence of lice or nits in the hair (white dandruff that does not go away with shaking hair), contact with someone else with lice
    • Over the counter treatments:
      • Permethrin shampoo: please follow the instructions on the box. The dose can be repeated 7-10 days after the first treatment if nits or lice are still present.
      • After treatment with the shampoo, use a fine tooth comb (can try lice terminator comb) to remove any nits.
      • If lice or nits are in the eyelids, can put Vaseline (petroleum jelly) in the eyelids twice a day for a week. The lice cannot survive.
    • Cleaning: Make sure to clean all sheets and clothes in hot water. Anything that cannot be washed can be sealed in airtight plastic bags for 2 weeks. Vacuum the house and clean the floors.
    • Contacts: Please notify the school (if not already done so) and check other family members living in the same house for lice or nits. Children who share a room or bed, even without signs or symptoms of lice, should be treated for presumed lice.
    • Return to school: Children can go to school even with lice, however each school has a different policy so please contact your child’s school.
    • When to see the doctor: lice are not gone after 1 or 2 treatments, lice and nits return after 1 or 2 treatments, rash or sores on skin look infected.