Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on August 22, 2013 @ 7:06PM
Created on August 22, 2013 @ 5:35PM
If your children has ever had head lice, you probably flinch every time they scratch their head.
Now that the school year has rolled back in, there is a greater chance of your child getting the almost unavoidable infection.
Head lice diagnoses tend to peak at back to school time, mainly because all of your kids are getting together again, and sharing the little critters.
Luckily for parents and children lice aren't dangerous, and they don't spread disease. But they are contagious, and can be just downright annoying.
Most parents with children attending schools, or group activities are likely to encounter it at some point. It's a nearly invisible bug that can cause a huge headache for parents when they finally discover the infestation. But local health officials say its a yearly concern that every parent should stay aware of.
"When it first starts out, you can see the little white nits in the hair, and then they grow into an adult little bug that we can see crawling on
the hairline. We have different medicines to treat that, and they are over the counter, as well as some prescriptions that are practically the same to kill the live bug." said Mary- Ann Kroll, Pediatrician.
Health officials also say the best way to try and avoid your child contracting lice is to teach them not to share personal items like hair brushes, hats, hair clips, or sports helmets.
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