Head lice are found in children of all socioeconomic classes
. They are very contagious and can spread easily among young children and family members. Head lice hide in scalp
hairs and feed on skin blood. Their eggs (nits) are glued to hair shafts very close to skin. Contrary to false opinion, the main source of head lice is the family/home environment, NOT the school system.
While there is no reason to panic (head lice do not carry serious diseases), taking action quickly is the best way to prevent the infestation of other family members. It is also important for parents to remain calm because they will need the cooperation of their child to treat lice problem. A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice Treatment
is available in the below.
For more information, please select the following topics:
A Parent's Guide to Head Lice (English) (Spanish)
Educational material for parents/California Department of Public Health (2008)
Information on Head Lice Control/California Department of Public Health
Treating Head Lice
New FDA-approved prescription medication for head lice /Consumer Health Protection, US-FDA.
Head Lice / National Pediculosis Association (NPA)
More information on head lice from the NPA
Videos on Head Lice
Educational videos on how to remove head lice/National Pediculosis Association
Guidelines for School Districts and Child Care Facilities, May 2012
Guidelines on head lice control for schools and child care facilities/California Department of Public Health
Managing Head Lice Safely
Information on Head Lice Control/University of Nebraska Extension, Lancaster County. Managing Head Lice Safely