Let’s Beat LICE!
When you get a letter from school about lice, it is because lice has been found in your child’s classroom.
Coming Soon: Dixie Canyon Lice School Policy
It is the responsibility of individual parents to check their own child’s hair for head lice. Screening for head lice is most effectively undertaken by parents combing their child’s hair using hair conditioner to slow down the head lice, together with a metal ‘nit’ comb.
1. What are head lice?
Head lice are small insects that live on people’s head, eyebrows, and eyelashes. They are most often found behind the ears and near the neckline.
Head lice are very common in children. Unlike ticks, head lice do not spread disease.
2. How do you get head lice?
You can get head lice by:
• Having head-to-head contact with an infested person
• Sharing infested clothing (hats, scarves, hair ribbons, coats)
• Using infested items (combs, brushes, towels)
• Lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal
that has been in contact with an infested person.
3. How do you know if you have head lice?
The most common symptoms of head lice include:
• Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair
• Itching, caused by an allergic reaction to the bites
• Sores on the head caused by scratching
Lice go through three stages:
• Nit (eggs): They are hard to see and are often confused with dandruff or hair
spray drops. They are attached to hairs, oval and usually yellow to white.
• Nymph (baby lice): They mature into adults in about 9 to 12 days; they are rarely seen due to their small size.
• Adult lice: They are the size of a sesame seed, have 6 legs, and are tan to light grey. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood, but if falls off a person, it dies within two days. Finding a nymph or adult can be hard because they move quickly from searching fingers. If crawling lice are not seen, finding nits on hairs close to the scalp can confirm that a person is infested
4. How are head lice treated?
• Head lice are treated using over-the-counter medications, including special
shampoos or lotions). If that doesn’t kill the lice, your doctor can prescribe stronger medications.
• There are professional lice treating salons that can help treat lice.
• Here are some nearby professional lice treatment salons and their
• Cetaphil home treatment – This method works with careful nit combing, must follow directions carefully
• Careful housekeeping has to go along with treatment to keep lice from coming back.
Some schools, daycares, preschools and nurseries do not let children with head lice return to school until they have been treated.
5. How can head lice be prevented?
It may be difficult to prevent the spread of head lice among children in child care and in school settings. However, there are ways you can help prevent the spread of lice toother members of your family.
• Treat the person who has lice with medicine to kill the lice.
• Wash clothes and sheets in hot water (130°F) and dry on hot cycle for at least 20 minutes.
• Vacuum carpets and furniture.
• Avoid sharing combs, hats, scarves, sheets or towels with others.
• Seal items like stuffed animals or non washable hats in a plastic bag for two weeks to kill lice.
• Check your child’s hair for head lice on a regular basis. Careful wet combing with a long toothed
metal lice comb every day for 2 weeks is a cost effective way to screen for nits.
To prevent more lice outbreaks, comb through your child’s hair with a
fine toothed comb every 2 weeks to check for lice.
More Information & Ways to Treat Lice
Information from the California Department of Public Health
Información del Departamento de California de la salud
pública en Español
Information in many Languages
Other resources for information