Did you know?

Lice can’t jump or fly – they are crawling insects that can crawl surprisingly fast.

Having head lice is not a symptom of being dirty – lice actually prefer clean hair. Clean or Dirty, Kids just get lice. Kids make great hosts for head lice because they have not yet developed a sense of personal space, so they frequently touch heads with other children. Head lice can happen to anyone!

Head lice cannot travel to other parts of your body.

On average, lice cannot survive off of your head for more than 24 hours.

A nit cannot hatch off of a human head.

Over-the-counter lice shampoos do not kill nits or baby lice bugs.

Head lice cannot live on your pets.

Sharing hats, combs, brushes, helmets and other personal gear is one of the easiest ways to contract head lice.

Once infested, children can spread head lice to the entire family.

Unable to live in your environment (couch, carpet, car movie theater, airplane).

Who's at risk

80% of the time the head lice culprits pass the infestation on to their siblings

80% of the time mothers contract head lice from their children

20% of the time fathers contract head lice from their children

20% of the time grandparents contract head lice from their grandchildren

35% of the time nannies contract head lice from children

Spread the word, not the lice!

It is Extremely Important to communicate about lice episodes. One of the greatest contributors to the spread of lice is secrecy. Believe me, if your kids have it, their closest friends are likely to have it too. I know for some, this can be a difficult call/email to make with the bad news, just remember there are much worse things than lice and you are trying to contribute to the containment of lice in your community. Also, it is a good idea to report lice episodes to the school. They will likely notify parents to be on the lookout, and possibly check your child’s classmates, so you have done your due diligence for your community. It is standard practice that school personnel keep lice reports completely anonymous. The more we talk about lice in a casual manner, the more we can dissipate any stigma that some may feel.

Prevention Tips

The sooner head lice are detected, the better. Quick action and preventive measures can minimize their spread and chance of returning.

Parents Preventive Measures

Screen your child for head lice once a week. Be extra vigilant after returning from any school, camp or holiday break (places where outbreaks tend to occur more often)Promote lice screenings at your school/camp — they will help limit outbreaks. If you hear of a lice outbreak, keep long hair pulled back in a braid or ponytail. (Long hair is more susceptible to lice.)