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How to prevent, treat head lice in children

Posted at 6:10 AM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 13:35:28-04

When a parent at John B. Wright was fed up with the amount of times her child has gotten head lice she decided to reach out to the school.

John B. Wright Elementary, a school a part of Tucson Unified School District, follows the same policy the district enforces among all of their schools. 

TUSD follows what they call a "No Live Lice Policy". The Policy says a student found to have live lice will be sent home, and a parent or guardian will be contacted regarding the problem. 

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The policy also says a "student will not be denied re-admittance to school if nitts (eggs) are present".

Rachael Dickinson, an employee with the Lice Clinics of America in Tucson, said that policy was put in place for an important reason. 

"he new school policy about nitts is for a couple of reason, they are concerned about kids missing so much school that they don't graduate, so if they don't see a live bug they are going to send them back to class," Dickinson said. 

She also added head lice are most prevalent in children with longer hair that is down for the simple reason that lice like being in hair that is parallel. 

"98.2 percent of the time it's head to head contact. Your head touches another kids head, the lice bug reaches over to your hair and goes with you when you pull yourself apart," she said. 

The best way to prevent head lice among children is to try and tie their hair up as much as possible, according to Dickinson. 

She added the best way to get rid of head lice is to either get over the counter treatment at a pharmacy or store or go to a place like the Lice Clinic of America in Tucson to get help.