Update from Public Health Nurse

A case of head lice has been detected in your child’s school. Anyone can get head lice, mainly through direct head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats, combs, hair brushes, headphones, helmets, hair accessories and other personal items.

Parents or guardians may feel frustrated or embarrassed, however the problem has nothing to do with standards of cleanliness. Please do your part to prevent the spread by checking your child daily for the next few weeks and weekly thereafter. Lice infestation is much easier to treat if caught early.

If your child has head lice, please start treatment immediately and notify your child’s school. A booklet called Managing Head Lice at Home is available through your school or school nurse, this booklet may help you. This booklet can also be found electronically on the Eastern Health website:

 Your Health> Healthy Living A to Z>Head Lice> Managing Head Lice at Home (PDF)

Once a case of head lice has been found all family members should be checked as well.

If you have further questions, please contact the Public Health Nurse.

Treena Walsh