Keep your child home from school until he/she is fever free without fever reducing medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours. Contact your child's healthcare provider for additional information. The parent/guardian is responsible for contacting the school and adhering to school attendance policies.
If your child has live lice (pediculosis capitis), he or she will need treatment with a lice killing product before they return to school. Non-prescription products are available at drug stores, dollar stores, or stores like K-Mart and Wal-Mart. Contact your child's health care provider if you need prescription products. Follow the directions carefully. Adults should always assist children in applying lice treatment. Rinse the child's hair after treatment is complete.
Most products require a second treatment in 7 to 10 days!
Remove nits from the child's hair. Use a nit comb or grasp the nit with the fingernails and slide the nit down the hair shaft.
Clean the home environment. This is very important to prevent re-infestation.
Wash all sheets, bedding, towels and recently worn clothing. Use hot soapy water and dry in a dryer for at least 20 minutes.
Vacuum carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture, auto seats, and headrests with particular attention to where the infested person spends a lot of time.
Vacuum or wash fuzzy toys.
Seal all non-washable items (stuffed toys, linens, clothing) in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
Boil all combs and brushes in water for about 5 minutes.
Notify the school nurse and other close contacts that your child has head lice.