What is it?
Head lice are insects about the size of a sesame seed, and can easily be seen, although they hide quickly when exposed to light. Their eggs, called nits, are barely visible whitish ovals cemented to hair shafts. They spread very easily, and don’t mean that your child is dirty.

What to do

Lice can be easily treated with a special shampoo, and a fine-tooth comb. Disinfect combs and brushes in hot, soapy water, and wash all bedding and clothes in hot water. To help prevent lice, teach children not to share hats, hooded coats, scarves, combs, brushes, pillows, and soft toys. If you discover lice on your child, tell the school or day-care immediately, since classmates are likely to be infected. Keep children home from school until they are lice-free.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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