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Headlice Head Back To School

This time of year, you may soon find yourself going head-to-head with a common parasite. Head lice can infest anyone, but are most common among young children during physical contact while playing or reading together. Less commonly, lice can be spread when sharing bedding, clothing, hats, or hair accessories.

If head lice are going around your child’s school, or if a playmate has head lice, you should check your child’s scalp. for lice or nits (eggs). Use a bright light, like a flashlight or direct sunlight, and carefully part the hair. You may need a magnifying glass to see clearly. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed, while nits look like tiny white or clear ovals stuck to the hair shaft near the scalp.

If you do find lice or nits, don’t panic! Regular shampoo won’t eliminate head lice, but most cases can be resolved using a special over-the-counter shampoo. You’ll also need to use a lice comb to remove any nits from the hair to prevent re-infestation.

Read more about headlice.

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