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Do I need to take my child out of school if they have lice?

Do I need to take my child out of school if they have lice?

Most Likely: Most schools want children with lice to be fully treated and lice free before returning to school. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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How quickly can lice spread from one child to the next in school?

How quickly can lice spread from one child to the next in school?

Quickly: Because children are in close contact with each other during play and other activities lice can spread pretty quickly through a classroom or school. In addition, child tend to share personal items such as hats, headbands, etc. The key is to check you child's head frequently if you are notified from the school that lice is "going around". ...Read more

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Should parents inform the school and daycare that their child has lice?

Should parents inform the school and daycare that their child has lice?

YES!!: Absolutely. Lice is very contagious and all children who had contact with the infected child should also be examined. ...Read more

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A child in my school has head lice, how do I prevent my child from catching it?

A child in my school has head lice, how do I prevent my child from catching it?

Head lice: Simply put, you can do everything right and your family could still end up with lice. And of course, head lice have nothing to do with hygiene or income level; anyone can get them. The most common route of transmission is head to head contact, such as two kids bending over the same coloring book. ...Read more

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How do you treat a home or school for lice?

How do you treat a home or school for lice?

Ask Pediatrician: Typical first-line treatment would be a pediculicide for at least 2 treatments (preferably day 0 and day 9). Some experts recommend 3 treatments (days 0, 7, and 13 to 15). Permethrin 1% and pyrethrins plus piperonyl butoxide are generally considered first-line treatments. Benzyl alcohol or Malathion is a suitable second-line pediculicide. Choice depends primarily on the age of the patient & resis. ...Read more

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How does an infestation of lice of school children start?

Quietly: Lice are an only human paracite that takes only 10 days to go from hachling to maturity. They are tiny, often found in headgear, hoodies or scarfs & love to be shared (like headgear). Kids is close contact settings, with layers of clothing often pass the living lice. They gravitate to the scalp as a quiet place to feed.After a time whit egg casings appear tightly attached to hair. ...Read more

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How can we get rid of an infestation of lice at the school?

Send the infested...: ...Children home immediately, with instructions to parents to have them treated asap. Arrange for the rest of the kids to be screened as soon as possible by someone who knows what to look for. Send home all pillows, sleeping pads, etc. To be laundered. Ask all parents to inspect their kids' heads daily for any signs of nits for the next couple of weeks. ...Read more

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I HAVE LICE!?!? My Mom Is Taking A Lot Of Them Out. Help!?!? Advice!?!? What Do I Do?? Can I Go Back To School After Break?

See your doctor for : prescription medication tomorrow. For the many other things that must be done to prevent re-infestation in you & infestation of family members, see www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html. ...Read more

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We have an outbreak of lice at our school. I work in the computer lab that uses headphones and I am concerned about spreading the lice. Thoughts?

Take precautions: Although not high risk a simple precaution would be using your own headphones. If this is not practical then visually inspect the headphones for lice or hair and wipe down with a sanitizer wipe before use. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child's head to be infested with lice?

Lice: If by infested you mean catch it from someone else - when the adult lice move to your head you may not feel any symptoms. As they start to hatch new ones you may notice many more and have more symptoms. This typically happens 6-12 days after exposure. Life cycle of a louse is 9-15 days. This is also why treatment should happen twice to get two life cycles. ...Read more

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How long does it take lice to spread from one child to a playmate?

Not long: Playing together for even a brief time could lead to spread from one child to another. ...Read more

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How long does it take a child to get rid of head lice?

Less than a week.: Now many head lice are resistant to our traditional therapies. Cheap method which works is to apply gold listerine to the scalp x 1 hour and cover with shower cap. Then apply househould vinegar and comb through the entire head using sections of 10-20 hairs to remove all nits or eggs.. Leave the vinegar x 1 hour then wash. Repeat in 1 wk. New study showed oral Ivermectin works well. Need an rx! ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of head lice in a child?

One treatment: Generally, one treatment (shampoo, nit comb, hair accessory/brush cleaning and linen/bedding change) should be sufficient to rid one of lice. However, reoccurrence is common due to re-infection from improper cleaning of accessories, brushes or linens. ...Read more

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How long does it take after nix, (permethrin) to get rid of head lice in a child?

Nix (permethrin) is not...: ...My favorite treatment, as many strains of head lice are now resistant to it. Elimite cream (applied to dry hair & left on overnight under shower cap) works better, although not officially approved for that indication. Malathion (ovide lotion) works fastest, but stinks, and is flammable! kwell shampoo also works fast (repeat in 1 week), but like nix, (permethrin) resistance is common. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lice on a child's head?

What are the symptoms of lice on a child's head?

Itching, or none: Many children have no symptoms whatsoever, despite a good-sized infestation. Other children may have itching or a rash around the scalp. The diagnosis is made by finding live lice and/or nits in the hair. To check for lice, use a very fine-toothed comb to comb through wet hair section by section, looking for nits and adult lice. ...Read more

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Treated lice on a child but she says it still itches, but I do not see anything?

Treated lice on a child but she says it still itches, but I do not see anything?

Head lice: Itching may continue even after all lice are destroyed. This happens because of a lingering allergic reaction to their bites. Over-the-counter cortisone (corticosteroid) creams or calamine lotion may help. For severe itching, antihistamine medicines (such as benadryl) or stronger, prescription-strength corticosteroid creams may be needed. Don't give antihistamines without doctors permission. ...Read more

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How often can a child be treated for lice?

Lice treatment: Generally speaking we treat with permethrin overnight, then spend the next 2-3 days removing the nits with a comb. In one week, it can be repeated to kill any new ones that have hatched. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more