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Preventing lice

By: Spencer
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As our kids return to school, they can pick up lots of great assets like reading skills, manners, social skills. One nasty problem we hope our kids do not pick up at school – lice.

Lice are usually spread by direct head-to-head contact from playing together, sports, hugging or other close contact. Although less common, lice can spread by contact with items that have touched the hair of someone with lice, like a scarf, comb, hat or brush.

Reduce your child’s risk of lice with these tips.

  • Provide your child with their own comb/brush, hat or hair clips and tell your child to avoid using items that touch other people’s hair.
  • Minimize head-to-head contact. Ask your child to avoid games or activities where they touch classmates’ heads to their own.
  • Separate personal belongings. Ask your children to keep their personal belongings out of shared closets, lockers or drawers.

Symptoms of lice:

  • Itchiness
  • Tickling feeling on head, hair or body
  • Sores from scratching
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Red bumps on head, neck, shoulders or pubic area
  • Appearance of lice, eggs or small white objects in your hair

If you think you or your child has lice, or are uncertain, see your doctor.

Need a primary care doctor for your family? Adventist Medical Group has several convenient primary care locations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.


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