Prevention and Policy about Head Lice

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PREVENTION Avoid head to head contact; do not share combs, brushes, headwear, and towels; do not lie down on beds, pillows, or couches used by a person with head lice. Check and comb your child’s head at least once a week to prevent a full-blown infestation. Support school policies that do not allow children with lice or nits to attend school. HEALTH CONCERNS Lice are not dangerous and they do not spread any disease, but they are very contagious and irritating. The lice bites can cause excessive scratching that can result in secondary skin infection. An itchy child could lose sleep, be shunned, or find it harder to concentrate at school. Treatments can involve harmful chemical, are exhausting and time consuming. SCHOOL POLICIES Some schools – including in California – shift to lenient policies regarding students with lice. Since head lice are not considered a health hazard, children with lice are allowed to attend school, so they will not miss classes. Parents are not notified when lice are found on children in class to avoid embarrassment and protect privacy. This approach can result in more severe lice outbursts. We can only hope that it is not taken to the extreme. Reference List: • CA Department of Public Health (2012, September). Head Lice. Retrieved from • CBS, Sacramento (2013, November 8). More Lenient Head Lice Policies Bugging California Parents « CBS Sacramento. Retrieved from

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