Head Lice

  • What are Lice?

    1. Head Lice are wingless, insect-like parasites that live in the hairy areas of the head.  They are the size of a sesame seed.  Eggs (nits) appear as white gray grains stuck to the hair shafts.
    2. They don't usually carry disease, but can cause your child and family discomfort, stress and sometimes skin irritation.
    3. Lice can live up to 30 days on a person's head and lay from 50 to 150 eggs.  To live, adult lice need to feed on blood every 3 to 6 hours.  If a louse falls off a person, it dies within 2 days.

    How do I know my Child has lice?       Myths and Truths about Lice








    DSHS. Lice Fact Sheets.  Retrieved from: www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm