Chapter 1: The Basics of Lice

Head Lice Facts

Chapter 1

Do you know how common head lice infestation is?  According to the CDC, nearly 12 million cases of head lice are reported each year in the United States. Think about what the actual number of cases might be if every case was reported. It could potentially be millions more!

What you need to know: Head lice infestation happens, it just does. For some unexplainable reason, they are always present. Head lice typically occur among children, the population most susceptible to infestation. Why children, you ask? Notably, children play closely together and haven’t yet developed the same need for personal space that adults have. Head lice are mostly spread through direct head-to-head contact. Therefore, when children play closely together it provides the perfect vehicle for lice transportation from one little noggin to another.

It only takes one infested kiddo to cause an outbreak at a school, so being proactive is the best approach to dealing with head lice. Not only is it important for schools to regularly perform lice checks, they should also be done at home too. Checking for lice regularly can be the difference between a couple lice, and a dozen or more. The sooner you catch an infestation, the easier treatment and clean-up will be.

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