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When your child comes home from daycare or school announcing that he or she has lice, most parents react to the news with feelings of anxiety, anger, or being overwhelmed. This is normal, but it is reassuring to know that, while lice infestations are inconvenient, they are not a threat to your child’s or family’s health. Lice are not known to carry any diseases. The only known health risk is the potential for infection, which can be caused by scratching the itchy infested areas.


What to do?

Remember all lice killing products are pesticides. If you choose to use an over the counter treatment, check with your health care provider before buying it. Some people should never use or be in contact with these products. These include pregnant or nursing women, children under two years old, anyone with a medical condition, open wounds, a seizure disorder, asthma or cancer. Avoid prescription lice shampoo. It is not as effective as other products and is very toxic. 

  • First, follow package directions carefully
  • Second, comb out all the lice and nits (lice eggs)
  • Third, clean the home environment by washing all recently worn clothing in hot water and drying on high for at least 30 minutes

Lice are hard to get rid of and nits are tiny. Keep combing the hair every night until no lice or nits are found. Persistence and patience are the key ingredients in ridding your child of lice. It is well worth the time it takes to carefully comb out your child’s hair to get rid of this problem.

 

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Further Reading

NYSDOH Information

CDC FAQ

HeadLice.org


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848    

  ATUPA

MENU
menu

Head LiceHeadLice

When your child comes home from daycare or school announcing that he or she has lice, most parents react to the news with feelings of anxiety, anger, or being overwhelmed. This is normal, but it is reassuring to know that, while lice infestations are inconvenient, they are not a threat to your child’s or family’s health. Lice are not known to carry any diseases. The only known health risk is the potential for infection, which can be caused by scratching the itchy infested areas.


What to do?

Remember all lice killing products are pesticides. If you choose to use an over the counter treatment, check with your health care provider before buying it. Some people should never use or be in contact with these products. These include pregnant or nursing women, children under two years old, anyone with a medical condition, open wounds, a seizure disorder, asthma or cancer. Avoid prescription lice shampoo. It is not as effective as other products and is very toxic. 

  • First, follow package directions carefully
  • Second, comb out all the lice and nits (lice eggs)
  • Third, clean the home environment by washing all recently worn clothing in hot water and drying on high for at least 30 minutes

Lice are hard to get rid of and nits are tiny. Keep combing the hair every night until no lice or nits are found. Persistence and patience are the key ingredients in ridding your child of lice. It is well worth the time it takes to carefully comb out your child’s hair to get rid of this problem.

 

INFO BAR


Further Reading

NYSDOH Information

CDC FAQ

HeadLice.org


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848    

  ATUPA