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Lice Checklist

What to do if your child comes home with headlice:

First ... don’t panic

  • Check every member of the family.

  • Use an effective head lice treatment. Please consult with your physician for advice prior to treatment or any retreatment, prescription or non-prescription and follow his instructions.

  • When treating, it is essential you follow the directions exactly for maximum effectiveness.
  • Remove as many nits as possible, and continue to inspect the hair periodically for the next several weeks.
  • Wash all clothes, bedding and towels in hot water and dry on hot cycle for at least 20 minutes.
  • During the winter months, be sure to include coats, jackets, hats and scarves. Items not machine washable must be dry cleaned or stored in a sealed plastic bag for at least 2 weeks.
  • Soak combs, brushes and hair decorations in very hot water (at least 130 degrees) soaking for 5-10 minutes.
  • Vacuum everywhere to make sure the home is louse-free. You should vacuum carpets, pillows, mattresses, all upholstered furniture and car seats.
  • Students are not excluded from school, and may return the next day after treatment. Please call the school nurse to advise her of the interventions you have taken and to answer any questions you may have.