Homework isnt the only thing that kids dread bringing home from school. Lice can be a very common problem for children and can spread in school settings.
Homework isn’t the only thing that kids dread bringing home from school. Lice—those pesky, wingless, tiny insects that live on scalps—can be a very common problem for children and can spread in school settings. However, though annoying, they’re not dangerous and can be prevented and treated with relative ease.
What are lice, anyway?
Lice (the plural of louse) are very small insects that live on heads and feed on blood from the scalp (gross, we know!). Easily contagious, they’re known to cause outbreaks in schools among children—generally more so than adults because kids are often in closer contact and share more items. Signs of head lice include scratching and itching; tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots on the scalp (which are nits, or lice eggs); and small red bumps or sores on the scalp. You may also be able to see the lice themselves.
Prevention is key!
Notoriously contagious, lice spread through head-to-head contact, and by sharing clothing, hair accessories, brushes or combs, hats, and bed linens, so make sure your child knows not to share these items.
Treating head lice
If lice are found on your child’s scalp, act fast!
Also make sure that your child knows not to be embarrassed—head lice do not mean that they’re dirty. It’s just an annoying problem that many children (and adults) face!