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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)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...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?

Very : A single close contact is all it takes children with lice are highly contagious and need to be treated successfully before they go back to school. ...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

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more