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As a parent, there might be few phone calls home from school that make you cringe, like the one telling you your child has lice. Questions like where did it come from, how do we get rid of it, and is it in our home, might immediately pop up. But don’t worry, phentermine duromine australia it’s incredibly common and in no way a reflection of poor hygiene. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to handle, though. 

Head lice are everywhere. The small, wingless insects infest the scalp and hair and feed on blood from the scalp (I know, not something any parent wants to deal with). The eggs of lice, called nits, are tiny, oval-shaped structures that attach firmly to the hair shaft near the scalp, and spread primarily through direct head-to-head contact. They cannot jump or fly, so close contact is necessary for transmission, which is why children are more likely to transmit it.  

“Young children often engage in close physical contact during play and social interactions increasing the likelihood of lice transmission,” says Phil Boucher, M.D. and pediatrician at Frontier Pediatric Care in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Children may share personal items more frequently, providing an opportunity for lice to spread and young children may not fully understand the importance of personal hygiene or be able to recognize the signs of lice infestation, leading to delayed detection and subsequent spread within a community.”

Common symptoms include your child itching and scratching their scalp, a tickling sensation or irritability. Dr. Boucher adds it’s important to note that not everyone with lice experiences itching, especially during the early stages of infestation, so it’s important to check your child for lice if you suspect an outbreak at their school or within their group of friends. 

And when it comes to prevention, avoiding head-to-head contact is your best option. Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, family physician and National Medical Director at One Medical, says it’s also smart to avoid sharing items like hats, brushes or towels, and when a person is diagnosed with head lice, it’s important to get the entire family checked and treated.

When it comes to checking your child for lice, doctors recommend looking at their scalp, behind their ears and the nape of their neck, and if you see or suspect any lice, begin lice removal treatments right away. 

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