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Head Lice Protocol

Head Lice (Pediculosis) Protocol

  1. Upon discovery of a student with a lice infestation, the nurse will contact the parent/guardian and give instructions for treatment.

  2. A student identified during the school day may remain in school the remainder of the day at the nurse’s discretion. The student may return to school after treatment with a pediculicide.

  3. Upon return to school, the parent/guardian should accompany the student and be prepared to provide the nurse with the name of the pediculicide product used in treatment.

  4. When the student returns to school a follow up will be conducted.

  5. Students will not be examined for head lice more than once every 7-10 days after

    treatment.

    The following principles should be stressed when managing apparent head lice outbreaks:

  1. A head lice infestation is a mild health condition without serious health consequences for a child, and should not be considered as a major health threat to those infested or those potentially exposed.

  2. Head lice can NOT be completely eliminated from communities or schools. Neither the occurrence of a case nor an outbreak should be considered as evidence of a breakdown in hygienic practices on the part of individuals, families, or schools.

  3. The most effective point of control of head lice is the household. Parents, not school employees, are best suited to screen their children for head lice and to properly treat and control lice within the household.

  4. School policies should reflect the mild nature of this health condition, the impracticality of total elimination, and the low risk of transmission by a child under treatment. Protocols and practices should have minimal disruptive effect on children’s educational experiences and minimal stigmatizing impact on children.

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Piojos de la Cabeza

  1. Al descubrir que un estudiante tiene una infestación de piojos, la enfermera se pondrá en contacto con los padres/tutores y les dará instrucciones para el tratamiento.
  2. Un estudiante identificado durante el dia escolar podrá permanecer en la escuela el resto del dia a la discreción de la enfermera.  El estudiante podrá regresar a la escuela después de un tratamiento médico (pediculicide).
  3. Al regresar a la escuela, el padre/tutor debe de acompañar el estudiante y estar preparado para proporcionarle a la enfermera el nombre del producto médico (pediculicide) que usó para el tratamiento.
  4. Cuando el estudiante regrese a la escuela, le harán otra revisión.
  5. El estudiante no será examinado por piojos mas de una vez cada 7-10 dias después de tratamiento.

 

Los siguientes principios se deben destacar para controlar una plaga aparente de piojos:

 

  1. Una infestación de piojos es una condición de salúd leve sin consecuencias serias de salúd para un niño, y no se considera como una amenaza de salúd grave para los afectados o aquellos potencialmente expuestos.

 

  1. Piojos de la cabeza NUNCA se podrán eliminar por completo de las comunidades y las escuelas. Ni la ocurrencia de un caso, ni una plaga, se deberia de considerar como señal de mal higiene por parte del individuo, familias o escuelas. 

 

  1. El punto de control mas efectivo de piojos es el hogar. Padres, no el personal escolar, son las personas mejores indicadas para revisar a sus hijos y tratar y controlar apropiadamente los piojos dentro del hogar.

 

  1. Pólizas de la escuela deben de reflejar la naturleza leve de esta condición de salúd, la falta de sentido práctico de la eliminación completa, y el bajo riesgo de transmisión por un niño bajo tratamiento. Protocolos y practicas deben de tener el mas mínimo efecto en las experiencas educativas e impacto mínimo que estigmatiza a niños.

 

 

 

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