4. What are nits?
Nits are tiny, whitish-yellow, oval eggs that are firmly attached to one side of the hair shaft at an angle. Hint ‑ if you can blow or flick it off, or if it crumbles in your fingers, it is not a nit.
5. How do you treat head lice?
Kill all the live lice. You can use oil or mayonnaise or cream rinse to smother the crawling insects or you may choose to check with your health care provider or pharmacist to determine which chemical product is safe for your family. Follow all directions carefully.
Check for and remove ALL nits by combing and nitpicking with your fingers and using a fine tooth comb.Clean the person's belongings and environment. Bedding and clothing should be washed in HOT water and dried in a hot dryer.
6. Why is nitpicking by hand important?
Combing alone will not get rid of head lice. Lice lay eggs close to the scalp. Removing all the nits is a sure way to get head lice under control.
7. When is it safe to send a child back to school?
After being treated, children should have a head check by the nurse before they ride the school bus or return to the classroom.
To help prevent an outbreak, please inform your school or child care agency and other parents if you discover head lice.
For additional information, check out the The National Pediculosis Association at www.headlice.org.