Parents should assume that head lice are present in almost all schools as well as other community settings at all times. We are not always informed of positive cases and the school does not have the capability to check all heads on a regular basis. For this reason, the home becomes the primary point of control for head lice and parents should inspect their child’s head frequently. When a member of the family is found to be infested, ALL members of the household should be examined and ALL infested members should be treated at the same time with the regimen described below. (KDHE Guidelines 2007)
*DAY 1-Apply recommended shampoo per directions followed by a thorough fine-tooth wet combing. This should kill most adults and nymphs (newly hatched) and remove viable nits (eggs).
*DAY 2-6-DAILY-Apply ordinary shampoo followed by cream rinse/conditioner and a thorough fine-tooth wet combing. This should remove additional adults, nymphs, and some nits. Some nits will have to be removed by hand. The use of cream rinse/conditioner makes it difficult for lice to attach eggs to the hair strands.
*DAY 7-Apply recommended shampoo per directions followed by a thorough fine-tooth wet combing. This should kill and remove most remaining adults, nymphs, and some nits.
*DAY 8-14-DAILY apply ordinary shampoo followed by cream rinse and a thorough fine-tooth wet combing. Continue to check for remaining nits and remove by hand if needed.
Environmental efforts can be limited to the laundering of all bed linens and clothing worn by infested individuals. Extensive cleaning, vacuuming, and spraying of the home is of limited effectiveness and is no longer recommended.
A head lice infestation is a mild health condition without serious health consequences. Head lice cannot be completely eliminated from communities or schools. Neither the occurrence of a case nor an outbreak should be considered as evidence of a breakdown in hygienic practices on the part of individuals, families, or schools. Students that are found to have live lice will be sent home for treatment.