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Head Lice

A Message from your School Nurse about Head Lice

  Watch for signs for head lice, such as frequent head scratching. Anyone can get lice…from another person or from sharing hats, brushes, combs, etc.
    Check all family members for lice and nits (lice eggs) at least once a week. It helps to use natural light and a magnifying glass.
    Treat only those family members who do have lice. Buy lice products at your local drug store, the pharmacy section of your food store or call your doctor for a prescription.
    Follow package directions carefully! Use the product over the sink, not in the tub or shower. Keep the eyes covered with a washcloth. Your pharmacist can give you information on lice treatment.
    Call your doctor first if you are pregnant, nursing or allergic to weeks, plants, etc. Never use a lice product on your baby!
    Remove all nits (lice eggs) because they will stay in the hair after treatment. This is ESSENTIAL. You can do this with a special lice comb, scissors or your fingernails.
    Wash sheets, recently worn clothing and any other material that has come into contact with an infected person. Use hot water and dry in hot dryer. Combs and brushes should be soaked in hot (not boiling) water.
    Vacuuming is the safest and best way to control lice on the mattress, rugs, furniture and stuffed animals.
    Continue to check heads daily for 2-3 weeks to make sure the lice is gone. Regular checking is the best prevention.
    When you find a case of lice, communicate this to your child’s school nurse or daycare. Notify parents of children who had contact with your child or family.

Facts about Head Lice
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What to do When your Child comes home with Lice
Head Lice
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Influenza Alert

Symptoms may include the following:
  •  Fever (however, not all children run a temperature!)
  • Cough
  •  Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches/Headache
  •  Chills
  •  Fatigue
  •  Vomiting/Diarrhea

Preventatives:

  •  It is important for parents and teachers to emphasize the following:
  •  Wash your hands, Wash your hands, Wash your hands!!!!
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue
  • Do not share eating utensils or drink after someone else
  •  Sanitize toys, desks, and frequently touched items such as computers and doorknobs
  •  Keep your hands away from your mouth and nose

Treatments:

  •  Keep the sick child at HOME until 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Fever must be gone without taking medicine.)
  •  DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHILD ASPIRIN-CONTAINING PRODUCTS, they can take medications with Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or Naproxen. Treat the symptoms- give the child decongestants, cough suppressants, pain relievers, fever reducers, etc.
  •  Rest up! Make sure they are getting plenty of sleep.
  •  Hydrate! Drink plenty of fluids, especially drinks containing electrolytes (such as Gatorade.)
  •  Antiviral medications such as Tamiflu or Relenza can be prescribed by the doctor (Relenza should NOT be taken  if your child is under 7 years of age or has respiratory issues such as asthma, ask for Tamiflu.)
  • Warning signs of and emergency- seek immediate treatment:
  •  Fever with rash.
  •  Fast breathing/Trouble with breathing.
  • Bluish-colored skin.
  •  Quick return of flu-like symptoms after improvement.
  • Child is so irritable they cannot be held.

Vaccinations:

There are currently two vaccinations available:
  •  Nasal spray- contains a weakened virus.
  •  Injectable- Contains a deadened virus. It is recommended that all children ages 6 months and over, especially if they have a chronic illness be vaccinated. If the child is under 10 years old, they will only need TWO doses, (2nd dose should be at least 21 days apart from the 1st)

Cold Vs. Allergies

Symptoms Allergies Cold
Itchy ears, eyes, and nose x  
Sneezing (Prolonged or violent) x x
Weakness, Fatigue x x
Runny Nose (thick white or yellow clear and water) x x
Aches and Pains   x
Symptoms often last weeks to months x  
Symptoms clear up in 7-10 days   x
More common in spring or fall x  
More common in winter except in Southwest U.S.   x

When to Keep A Sick Child Home

1) If your child has a fever of 100 or above (must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school)
2) If your child is vomiting (must be free from vomiting for 24 hours before returning)
3) If your child has uncontrolled diarrhea (must be free from diarrhea for 24 hours before returning)
4) If your child has a fever with a rash, talk to your doctor before bringing them to school.
5) If your child has pink eye (conjunctivitis with discharge)  they must be on antibiotic eye drops 24 hours before returning
6) If your child has strep throat they must be on antibiotics for 24 hours