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HEALTH CORNER:

March 12, 2011

THE FACTS OF LICE

(A message from Leanne Preston)

( Wild child founder and CEO.)

WILD CHILD ANSWERS SOME QUESTIONS THAT MIGHT BE BUGGING YOU

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE

Lice are tiny bugs that live in people’s hair. They look white or grayish color in crawling forms, about the size of a sesame seed with six legs. They are no fun, but they cannot hurt you.

OKAY, LICE ARE BUGS.

WHAT ARE NITS ?

Oh, now you’re nit picking! The eggs that lice lay are called nits. They look like yellowish-white eggs attached to hair shafts close to the scalp.

PEOPLE GET LICE FORM DOGS, RIGHT?

Doggone Wrong! Only people can get lice. Lice are human parasites and require human blood to survive. People cannot catch head lice from pets.

“I wash my hair every day.

There is no way I could get head lice.”

Not True! Though lice are highly contagious, they cannot jump or fly. Head lice crawl from one persons head to another. Avoid head to head contact. Sometimes people can pass it by sharing brushes, combs, jackets or coats, towels, hats, barrettes or scarves and other personal items commonly worn on the head. Wash your hands and children’s hands and nails thoroughly, getting under the nails as some lice may be found there.

HOW DO I STAY LICE FREE?

Just remember, keep your head to yourself. If you are having a bad hair day, use your own brush or comb.

I GOT HEAD LICE. NOW WHAT?

NO big deal. It happens to a lot of kids. An adult will give you a treatment that will kill the lice and the knits.

For more information visit: www.quitnits.us


Peace Ikejiaku,
Dubois School Nurse