Head lice - prevention and
Head lice, also known as pediculosis, are a nuisance, but not a health
problem. Anyone can get head lice — people do not get head lice because they are
not clean. Head lice outbreaks are common among children because they are often
in circumstances where there is close head-to-head contact.
Head lice are small insects that live on human hair. Parents should
notify the school as soon as head lice is detected. Students with head lice will
be not be allowed to attend school until all nits are removed. Your cooperation
is an important part of efforts made by the school to control the spread of head
· Don't panic! Examine
the hair and scalp of all family members in a well-lit area. Part hair in small
sections and inspect the whole head.
· Treat all persons
affected with a specially medicated shampoo available at pharmacies. Follow the
manufacturer's directions exactly.
· Remove all nits from
the hair shaft using a fine-toothed comb, tweezers, or fingers.
· Wash all brushes,
combs and hair accessories with medicated shampoo.
· Wash, in hot water,
all items the affected person comes in contact with, e.g. clothing, jackets,
hats, helmets, linen, pillows, toys.
For more information, please call Health Line Peel at 905-791-7800.
Caledon residents can call 905-584-2216 free of