Liceinators Lice Alert Letter
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Head lice has been found at ________________. First, "DO NOT panic"! Know that Head lice are very common and affect 8-12 million people a year. Human head lice are NOT passed onto or from animals.
Lice are small, grayish-white, wingless bugs, about the size of a sesame seed. They can be darker if engorged with blood.
Lice cannot jump or fly, but are very quick
Lice are easily spread through head-to-head contact
Lice can be passed by sharing head coverings: helmets, hats, hair accessories and by taking selfies with others
Treatment of some kind MUST be done to completely eradicate the infestation! Share this information with everyone involved especially if children are traveling between parents.
Having lice does not mean you are unclean or that you are a bad parent! As stated above, they are very common and can affect everyone living with the infested person! Make sure you check everyone in the household if you find lice on one head.
Head lice can cause attention problems. Most children will have a “tickly” or “itchy” sensation, but this is not always the case. The older the child, the less likely they are to communicate with parents. If you have older children in the house, make sure you check and treat them. Do not leave it up to them; everyone needs help with this problem.
Follow these steps to control head lice:
1) Visit www.LiceSpecialistsOfWisconsin.com to see exactly what lice and eggs (nits) look like.
2) In bright natural light check your child’s head carefully for lice and eggs (nits). The nits are found approximately 1/8” from the scalp. The further down the hair shaft the nits are found indicates how long your child has been infested. If you have poor vision, enlist the help of a friend. Nits can be tiny, even microscopic in the beginning! An early infestation can be very difficult to see on a dry scalp. The best way to check is have a specialist come to your home and run a dedicated nit comb through the hair of all family members. See particulars at www.LiceSpecialistsOfWisconsin.com.
3) IF YOU FIND LICE, action needs to be taken. There are several methods to use but the safest and most effective can be found at www.LiceSpecialistsOfWisconsin.com.
4) For best results...put “A clean head in a clean bed”! It take 24-36 hours for a live adult lice to die. If a nit falls from the head on a shaft of hair it is unable to hatch due to it need for heat and humidity of the head to incubate it kind of like a hens egg. Cleaning includes vacuuming your home and washing linens in hot water then drying on a high heat for 15 minutes or more. For specific information on how to clean your home for lice, visit the "FAQs" section at www.LiceSpecialistsOfWisconsin.com.
5) IF YOU DID NOT FIND LICE, you can use any lice preventative shampoo and conditioner to keep them at bay. Follow the directions carefully.
If you have any further questions, please call me at: _____________.
You can also contact Yeelah at (608)515-8883 or visit www.LiceSpecialistsOfWisconsin.com for more info and pictures. With everyone working together, we can stop head lice in their tracks.