Lice Happens....Unfortunately!


If you have young children, you will more than likely deal with a lice outbreak at one time or another during the elementary years. Having lice does not mean you live in a dirty environment, or that you are a dirty person. In fact, lice LOVE clean hair!


There are products on the market to help you identify lice much easier than looking for them with your naked eye. In the clinic, nurses often use a battery operated lice comb that makes a constant, high pitched noise and the noise will stop when you catch a louse in the comb. This has made detecting lice much easier in a shorter period of time. The comb is cleaned between each use. There are a few companies that make a battery operated lice comb and you can find them online and in the local pharmacies. Please note that school nurses can even miss finding lice if the infestation is a very new one and the lice are very small and have not laid any eggs yet. That is why it is important to check your child’s hair often- at least once a week.


Tomball schools adhere to a “no live lice policy”. This means a child with lice must be sent home for proper treatment and can return to school the following day if no live lice remain in the hair.


In order to help all parents and staff deal more effectively with lice, please notify the nurse or the child’s teacher if you treated your child for lice. The day after you treat for lice, please send the student to school with a note to see the nurse so she can check to make sure their hair is clear. She will then send them on to class. If more than one student in a class has been treated for lice within a few days of each other, the nurse will send a lice letter home to all parents so they can check their child. (The letter does not mention the names of children.)



Ways to help prevent a lice outbreak or reoccurrence in your family:

  •   Once a week, take a peek! Every week, make sure you are checking your child’s hair for lice and nits (eggs). A recent infestation will show eggs on hair strands very near to the scalp (within 1⁄4 inch of the scalp). Eggs found over an inch from the scalp are likely empty and were from a previous lice outbreak. (Not all kids will itch a lot when they have lice so an infestation may get missed.)

  •   Comb, comb, comb!! We cannot stress this enough- manual removal is the best way to get rid of lice!

  •   The single best way to break the life cycle of the lice is to comb out ALL of the eggs as you are treating the hair, and repeat the treatment in 7-9 days.

  •   Put girls’ hair up in ponytails while at school.

  •   Follow the product instructions exactly when treating the hair