HEAD LICE AWARENESS
Head lice are common in BC communities. Although they are a bother, head lice are not a health risk.
Head lice spread quickly by close, head-to-head contact. Lice cannot live on furniture or carpet, and they cannot jump or fly. There may be few or no symptoms, but itching may occur.
You can help by:
Checking your child’s head with the wet combing method of detection once a week throughout the year.
Review the pamphlet How to Get Ride of Head Lice Wet Combing, available online, at your school and Public Health Unit.
Encouraging your child to wear their hair tied back.
Treating if you notice live lice on your child’s head.
Reminding family and friends about the importance of routine head checks, using the wet combing method.
For more information:
Your local Public Health Unit
Read the HealthLink BC File on Head Lice HealthLink BC File #06 Head Lice