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Parents: Do You Know How To Spot Head Lice?

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(WSPA) SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Nurses who treat children all over Upstate South Carolina say they're seeing a lot of lice cases right now. It's showing up mainly in 2nd through 6th graders.

Lice aren't dangerous, but they are highly contagious and tough to see. If you notice your child’s head has been itchy and you see red bumps on their head or neck area, check for lice. Or if you notice small white objects on their scalp, that could be lice eggs known as nits and you need to treat it right away.

Parents, this might surprise you: If a child is treated for lice but still has lice eggs in their hair, they can come back to school. Districts in the Upstate and across the country have adopted this policy after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended it several years ago because of so many school absences from lice.

"Head lice have also become more resistant to over the counter treatments on the market," said Registered Nurse Sheila Fassler, owner of Pediatric Hair Solutions in Greenville County.

Now that the school year is about to end, Fassler says the threat of lice spreads to summer camps and other summer events where children are in close quarters.

If your child comes home with lice or a note about it, act fast.

“It's the second most contagious disease, communicable disease in children and you have to let all their playmates know,” said Fassler. “You need to let all the family members know, anywhere where they've had a sleepover. You have to let people know otherwise it's gonna continue to circle around your child."

Another thing to remember is check to see if the lice treatment is covered under your flex spending or health savings account. Pediatric Hair Solutions says it offers a non-toxic, chemical free treatment that is covered.

There are several methods for treating head lice. You may want to consult with your child’s pediatrician.

For treatment options recommended by the CDC, click the attached link.

In the U.S, infestation with head lice is most common among pre-school children attending child care, elementary schoolchildren, and the household members of infested children, according to the CDC. Although reliable data on how many people in the U.S. get head lice each year are not available, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children 3 to 11 years of age.

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