Bristol School Reported Head Lice

With many instances of head lice reported at the Bristol Consolidated School, its school officials are advising the parents to watch their children, and to have them remain home if they have a confirmed case or are symptomatic.

The letter stated that there are many instances of head lice in the school. It added that a child should be checked every few days for any signs of the pests and to continually do so for the next weeks.

Information about head lice

As stated in the letter, head lice are little insects, gray or brown in color, that lay eggs (nits) in a person’s hair shaft near the scalp and are mostly found by the neck area and at the back of the ears.

Furthermore, it added that the nits attach tightly to a person’s hair shaft which makes them hard to remove. The question of “where do lice come from?” is not from the lack of cleanliness as anyone can easily catch them. They can be transmitted from one person to another through close contact and sharing personal items like clothing, hats and comb. Animals can’t transmit lice too, and they do not jump from one person to another.

Checking for head lice and some recommendations

The symptoms of head lice involve head scratching as well as the intense feeling of itchiness around the scalp, according to the letter. It also mentioned that by close visual inspection, to check for the insects and their eggs, the presence of head lice can be confirmed.

Furthermore, when the parents discover lice, it is suggested to have their children home and to treat them with an anti-lice shampoo. Pediculocide, a shampoo, can be bought over the counter from any pharmacy or from getting a prescription through a physician. The letter also indicated that the parents need to follow the proper directions when cleaning bedding, clothing and other household items.

Finally, according to the letter, the medication’s directions should be followed carefully. They stressed the need to “REMOVE ALL NITS” as a few may be able to survive the treatments done. And as per the Bristol School District’s policy, all of the nits need to be eradicated first prior to having the students return to the school.

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