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#1 May 5, 2013
Head Lice is a huge problem in this area. Keeping head lice can cause blood and skin infections and other health issues.

Please check all family members' heads for live lice and nits [lice eggs] every evening.
If you find a bug or egg, PLEASE go get the medication to kill them!

If you cannot afford the medication, go to your family doctor and ask for LINDANE shampoo [Qwell]. Just tell them you are allergic to ragweed and can't use the over-the counter medication and they should call it in for you.
If not, your child's school or the local health department should give you the medication for all family members.

Next step is to actually USE the medication, as directed, on all family members whether you see an infestation or not. If one family member is infested there is a great chance another will become infested.
Take the time to remove all dead nits left on the hair shaft.
It is critical to remove the left over nits because they may not all be dead and you will become reinfested by leaving them on.

Next step is to wash ALL bedding, towels etc in the hottest water possible. Steam clean your rugs and furniture, including all mattresses and pillows, sofa and chairs.
Wash all clothing worn within the last two weeks and dry on the highest heat possible. Clean all hairbrushes, combs, hair clips etc in hot soapy water.
If you cannot afford a steam cleaner, get the leave-on spray and spray EVERYTHING with it.

You can also purchase special hair shampoo and leave-in spray to help prevent reinfestation.
If your child keeps picking up lice at school don't hesitate to complain to the school principal, school board, health department and newspaper and ask the school to please check all childrens heads every day. If everyone does their part the head lice problem should disappear over time.

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