reported head lice

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A case of head lice has been reported in the Backyard.

If your child attended class in the Backyard on Sunday 11/01/15 during 2nd service, they have potentially been exposed to head lice.

How are head lice spread?

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Once laid, it takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch.  If your child has had potential exposure, we recommend doing a simple scalp check each day for the following week to look for an adult lice or nit (eggs).  These can be found anywhere on the scalp, but are most common around the neckline, behind the ears, and at the crown of the head.  It would be greatly appreciated any findings be reported so that we can be aware.

Signs and symptoms of head lice infestation:

Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair.

Itching, caused by an allergic reaction to the bites of the head louse.

Irritability and difficulty sleeping; head lice are most active in the dark.

Sores on the head caused by scratching.

The Backyard has been properly cleaned and treated since the incident and is safe for children (adult head lice will generally not survive for more than 24 hours off their human host).

All information has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More information can be found here. If you have any questions, please see Ryanne Johnston, Bright Beginnings Director.

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