The School Nurse Lice Battle Plan

Part 10: Once A Week, Take A Peek


Two girls...sisters...come into my office for a head check after finding bugs on their heads the day before. They reported that their mother did a treatment on them and “killed all the bugs.” Fortunately, I did not find any bugs on their heads. I had this conversation with them the day AFTER the treatment and confirming that there were only nits on their heads. You’ll see why in a minute.

I asked the question: Is it okay to have a little bit of poop on your head or to have a lot of poop on your head?

The girls seemed puzzled by the bizarre question. They looked at each other like they were not sure how to answer the question being that they had only been given two choices: little or lots. The younger girl answered with an elevation in pitch with her less-than-confident answer, “A little?”

“NO! No! No poop is okay on your head!”

They started to pull this together, “There’s no poop on my head.” The older girl was sure of this until I asked her, “If they eat, then they poop...just like you.” This was a little way to develop the “ick factor” in this child and to encourage her to tolerate the treatments, the nit-combing and all the other uncomfortable, time-consuming parts to the Nurse Kevin Lice Battle Plan. Children need to be aware of lice and have some sort of both get the lice out of their heads and to avoid catching lice in the first place.

The younger children will not have developed a true “ick” to lice. They think that there was a bug in my hair. They’ve had bugs on them before; what’s the big deal?


So, you’ve made it to this point in Nurse Kevin’s 10-part lice article. Congratulations! Now what? It’s simple: If you have hair then once a week, take a peek.

"If you have hair then once a week, take a peek." - Nurse Kevin


For the School Nurse, Day Care and Care Provider

Downloadables and Printables

Nix vs Rid: Which is Better?

Nurse Kevin’s Lice Battle Plan!

Keeping It Simple

All About Lice Part 1: Those Kids Always Have Lice

All About Lice Part 2: A Brief History of Lice

All About Lice Part 3: Lice Statistics

All About Lice Part 4: Head Lice Terminology

All About Lice Part 5: Head Lice Anatomy

All About Lice Part 6: My Kid Got Lice From School

All About Lice Part 7: Three Ways Lice Spread

All About Lice Part 8: The Life Cycle of Lice

All About Lice Part 9: The War on Lice

All about Lice Part 10: Once a Week, Take a Peek



RID contains pyrethrum and NIX contains permethrin. But what does that mean? Is one better than the other at killing lice and what about all those eggs?


You’ve found lice on a head in your home. WHAT THE HECK!? Okay, don’t sweat. You’ve got this. Read this LICE BATTLE PLAN and get them bugs gone!!


Learn more about lice. You have an 2-3% chance of lice coming into your home this year. The more you know about these pests the better prepared you’ll be.

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