As a healthcare professional, when dealing with a family experiencing head lice, you can:
- Remind parents/caregivers that children can get head lice from many different sources and the most important thing they can do is treat their own child and check other members of the family to reduce spread to others
- Reassure the family that this nuisance is treatable
- Emphasize the need to follow the directions specific to the chosen treatment product
- Explain to the family that if they apply the treatment to hair that has been washed with a conditioning shampoo or rinsed with hair conditioner, it reduces the effectiveness of the treatment
- Explain that metal nit combs may prove to be more effective than plastic ones for nit removal
- Suggest that they call the school to inform them that their child has had head lice so that families of classmates can be informed of “a case” of head lice in the classroom so that all children will be checked for nits
- Suggest that they call the school to ask about their school’s policy regarding returning to school after having head lice as each School Board has their own individual policy for this issue.
Last modified on: December 14, 2016
Programs and Services
If you or your patient have additional questions about head lice, a Public Health Nurse is available from the Middlesex-London Health Unit at our Health Connection telephone line.
- 519-663-5317 ext. 2280
- Monday - Friday
- 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.