The School Nurse Lice Battle Plan - Supplies
Here is a downloadable PDF shopping list. Print this list out and take an inventory at your home. Then off to the store. It’s advised to get everything on this list to make The Lice Battle Plan most effective and much less time-consuming.
- The Complete Battle Plan Calendar [PDF]
- The Complete Battle Plan - Kindle Version (Link to Amazon.com coming soon - Sign up for the newsletter!).
- Teaching PowerPoint Presentation [PPT in a ZIP file]
Other Downloadables that will make the time go by a bit easier (coming soon - Sign up for the newsletter!):
- Color Pages
- Crossword Puzzle
- Jokes to Pass the Time
- Story to Pass the Time
- Trivia to Pass the Time
- Find-a-word to Pass the Time
- Lice Facts and Trivia
Olive Oil - Get a gigantic bottle of the cheapest stuff you can find. The cheaper the better. If you buy the virgin, expensive stuff thinking it will work better, you’ll be disappointed. Cheaper is better in this situation. I have read some articles that preach against olive oil. Like many “natural” approaches to medicine and health care, these companies usually have an OTC or Rx product that they are promoting and need to debunk the olive oil method.
Plastic Applicator Bottle - A nice condiment bottle will work A-OK for this. A red catsup (ketchup) or yellow mustard bottle will work great. You can use an old, empty shampoo bottle if you have one. Any bottle or container that you can put the olive oil in and dispense in a controlled fashion is what you are looking for.
Pediculicide - Pick up TWO over-the-counter lice-killing creams or shampoos per head count in your home. You’ll need 2 because you are going to treat twice. You are going to find the two most common name-brands are Nix and Rid (as well as a number of generic copy-cats). Let’s keep it simple so you can make a good choice.
That’s not very simple is it? Here’s a link that will help you understand more about these two products. You don’t have to get the name brand but make sure the generic versions are the same (will open a new window so you don’t lose your spot here).
Plastic Shower Caps - Your best bet is to get a couple. One to use with each olive oil treatment (we’ll discuss this later) and one to keep as a just-in-case. The last thing you want is to find a hole in the shower cap on treatment #3 and have to go back out to the store in the late evening. You could get a pack of cheap ones and use a new one each time. Get at least one shower cap for each person in your home.
Bandannas - Yep. A good, old fashion bandannas...like the red ones like the cowboys wear. You could cut up an old sheet. If you cut your own, an adult-sized bandanna is about 56cm x 56cm or 22 inches x 22 inches square. A little bigger will be A-OK.
A Metal Nit Comb - I like the “Nit Free Terminator Lice Comb, Professional Stainless Steel Louse and Nit Comb for Head Lice Treatment.” It’s what I keep for myself when I get an “itch” that I want to “check it out.” It’s amazing how the power of suggestion makes another symptomatic.
Clarifying Shampoo for Oily Hair - Though olive oil is AWESOME stuff to put in your hair (and in your body), it is pure oil and will linger in the hair after washing. Using a good clarifying shampoo will reduced the “greasy-look” and will leave just enough of the olive oil’s good stuff.
White Towels - Make sure they extra extra white. You’ll need to see what you “catch,” and a white towel provides a nice background for identifying the bugs. When you use the nit comb, you “wipe” it off the on the white towel and inspect with the reading glasses (see shopping list).
Two colors of many Hair Clips. Get 10 or 15 small clips of one color and 10 or 15 clips of another color. You may not be able to find this and will end up getting a bunch of multicolored clips. That’s okay. I’ll tell you why in a bit.
Regular Clean Comb or Wire Brush - Using a brush or a wide-toothed comb BEFORE using the fine-toothed nit comb will make life so much easier. Trust me! The children will enjoy all the parts of this “spa night” other than the nit combing. If you can make the nit combing as gentle as possible, you’ll avoid most of the complaining and crying.
x3 or x4 (or stronger) Reading Glasses - (Jeweler’s glasses are even better) Lice are small...very small… Getting reading glasses is the easiest way to “find” the bugs. Sometimes a piece of dirt or flake of dandruff looks like a louse. But, upon closer inspection against the white towel and under the magnification of the reading glasses, you’ll be able to rest assured that either you can rest easy knowing that there are no bugs or can get busy right away with the Lice Battle Plan.
These items are your shopping list. And, if you have a child in school...you’ll want these items at the ready. With the exception of the items with expiration dates like the Pediculicide, having everything else will offer some emotional assurance that you are ready to go if your child is one of the 3% this year that will come home with head lice.
Here are the links to guide you through the complete School Nurse Lice Battle Plan. If you want the whole program on an easy-to-read format, get your Kindle version right here. You can read this entire article in a single, eBook version.
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The School Nurse Battle Plan
Part 4 - Attack!!
RID VS NIX
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?
THE BATTLE PLAN
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!!
ALL ABOUT LICE
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.