Hi my name is Scooby and I am working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project. The goal of my project is to educate parents of school-aged children about head lice prevention and removal. I created a video and a flyer with basic information on how to help prevent lice and what to do if your child gets lice. Please feel free to share this video and flyer with anyone who you think would like this information (like your schools’ PTA, daycares, etc.) As part of my project, I am also donating head lice prevention kits to the nurses offices in each elementary and middle school in the Cherokee County School District. Thank you for your support of my Gold project and helping me spread the word about lice!

Did you know?

  • You are twice as likely to get head lice again within 30 days of initial lice treatment because the lice leave a saliva and urine scent that takes about 30 days to dissipate from the hair
  • At any given time, 2% of children at a school will have head lice
  • 6 to 12 million people have lice at one time in the United States and many countries don’t actively prevent it
  • 99% of lice transfer through head-to-head contact: the other 1% is through inanimate objects, such as hairbrushes and hats

How to prevent head lice

  • Coach your kids against behaviors that can transfer lice: sharing brushes/ hats/ pillows, head-to-head contact,
  • For girls, put hair up in braids or buns every day
  • Use lice repellant daily
  • Comb out your child's hair once a week using a fine-tooth lice comb (learn how in “Wet head checks” section)
  • Start conversations about lice with other parentsM

Lice prevention products

  • Lice repellant spray- repels the adult louse transfer, breaks up glue, repellant products provide an unfavorable environment
  • Lice repellant shampoos and conditioners provide additional layers of protection
  • Lemon based repellant is recommended for both sprays and shampoos because lice are always evolving, so a more uncommon scent will be more effective
  • Fine-tooth comb (see "Wet head checks" section)- the comb is the most important product to use, the teeth of a good lice treatment comb should be tightly spaced- you shouldn’t be able to see through them

Wet head checks

  • Have your child shower and check for head lice while their hair is still wet
  • Hold wet detangled hair into a ponytail, take a fine-tooth lice comb and run it through the hair strands covering the entire hair line; front hair line, back hair line, behind the ears and the nape of the neck
  • Wipe the comb on a plain white paper towel (with no pattern): this will allow you to see what the comb is picking out of the hair and gets it out of the teeth of the comb
  • This process can take up to 20 minutes

What to look for during a wet head check

  • When wiping the comb after running it through each small section of hair, look for small translucent to brownish dots with a teardrop shape: these could be the nits. Also look for adult lice: bugs the size of uncooked grains of rice
  • Depending on your child’s hair color, the nits will range in color: Lice have gotten very good at camouflaging: people are starting to report lice that are light brown and red colors, not just black
  • Make sure that when you do a lice check, the only thing you’re wiping off the comb is hair and dandruff

Common signs of head lice

  • uncontrollable itching
  • red rash near neck area
  • scalp damage due to scratching
  • sleepiness and fatigue

What to do if you or your child has head lice

  • Stay calm and don’t panic: this is NOT the end of the world! Lice can only survive for 24 hours and nits are inviable immediately once they leave the head
  • Wash sheets and pillow cases
  • Put pillows and stuffed animals in the dryer for 30 minutes
  • Freeze brushes and combs for 3 hours
  • Check each family member for lice
  • Perform wet head checks after initial lice detection and use the proper tools: shampoos and sprays (to learn how, see "Comb outs" section below)
  • Education is key: inform all social circles you’re involved with so other parents know to check their children and themselves

Comb outs

  • Brush all of the hair to the back.
  • Starting above the right ear, begin combing the hair in a north to south direction (down). Working towards the left ear, comb the entire front hairline. Perform this step twice.
  • Hold the hair in one hand, working from ear to ear, comb the back hairline in a south to north direction (up). Perform this step twice.
  • Part the hair down the middle like you are making pigtails. Secure one side and comb on the other.
  • Starting at the forehead, comb the hair in a north to south direction (down), working towards the nape of the neck. Comb each side twice.
  • Repeat this process every other day for one week starting 48 hours after initial detection and removal of the infestation, then once a week for 4 weeks after detection and removal

Misconceptions

  • Head lice is not a show of poor hygiene: lice thrive off of clean hair and they are incredibly contagious
  • You don’t have to throw away all of your child's favorite stuffed animals and burn the sheets and pillows: just wash, freeze, or dry your items according to the information in the "What to do" section
  • To seek professional Lice Removal Services
  • Contact Head Hunters: Lice Removal Specialists at https://www.headlicespecialist.com