Head Lice: A Real Bugaboo (Body Fact #11)

School is back in session. And with school comes head lice. At some time or another, chances are good that you and your children with cross paths with these pesky little varmints. If it happens, here’s a short article you can share with the kids.
Head lice are tiny bugs that live in your hair. They can’t jump or fly, but they have special claws that help them crawl and cling to hair. The good news is that they only like people’s hair, so you don’t have to worry about your dog or cat getting them.

Having head lice doesn’t mean you haven’t washed your hair enough or that your body isn’t clean. They spread quickly from person to person whenever people touch their heads together or share personal items, like combs, hats, football helmets, pillows, and even sleeping bags.

Tell your mom and dad or school nurse if you feel something moving around in your hair, if your scalp itches, or if other kids you know have head lice. Your parents or the nurse can recognize head lice by looking for lice eggs (called nits). Nits are tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots attached to your hair. They look like dandruff, but you can’t comb them out.

If you have head lice, don’t worry! There are lots of special medicated shampoos, creams, and lotions at the drugstore that will kill them. You’ll need your parent’s help applying the medicine. Be sure to carefully follow the directions to get rid of the lice and prevent them from coming back.

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