Head Lice

Head lice does not reflect a lack of cleanliness, or poor hygiene and anyone can get head lice. They are a nuisance, but they do not cause illness. Head lice are not known to spread disease; they do not survive long when removed from the scalp; and are only communicable through head-to-head contact. Head lice spread easily, especially where individuals are in close contact. 

They are very common among school-aged children or children in childcare. It is recommended that you check your child’s head once a week for two weeks, after school breaks and vacations. Discourage the sharing of hairbrushes, combs, hats, and hair accessories.

What To Do If You Discover Your Child Has Head Lice: 

1. Inform the school immediately.  Rest assured your child will not be excluded from school due to head lice and are welcome at school with your confirmation that they have been treated.  We understand that this could be costly, please do not hesitate to contact us should you need support in purchasing kits.

2. Talk to a pharmacist regarding head lice treatment products. 

3. Administer treatment as recommended by your pharmacist. Your child will be readmitted to school once the treatment procedure has been administered and confirmed by you (parent/guardian). 

4. Parents/guardians should continue to examine their child daily for 7-10 days. 

If there are still live lice or nits, follow product directions for additional treatments and consult Halton Region Public Health and/or pharmacist as required. 

Parents and Guardians are advised to consult with Halton Region Public Health for information on head lice, recommended treatment procedures, and prevention. 

Lice Management Tips.pdf