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Head Lice Prevention

Prevention

Lice are common, especially in children. While no records are kept for accurate counts, some estimates are that as many as 10-15 million persons annually develop head lice in the United States. To prevent outbreaks of head lice:

  • Watch for signs of head lice, such as frequent head scratching.
  • Don't share combs, brushes, hats, or other personal items with people who may have lice.
  • Avoid close personal contact with people who may have lice.
  • If you or your children have head lice, thoroughly wash and dry combs, brushes, hats, clothing, bedding, and stuffed animals, and vacuum carpeting and car seats.
  • If your children get head lice, notify their school, camp, daycare provider, and their friends' parents.
  • Check all family members for lice and eggs at least once a week.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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