Lice Are Back! Keep Your Child Free of the Little Buggers

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary:Head lice are often a fact of life for school‑aged children. While inconvenient, and somewhat disgusting, head lice cause no medical harm.
Air Date: 1/9/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Robert Murray, MD
Dr Murray is a professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at the Ohio State University. For 21 years he was in the Section of Pediatric GI and Nutrition at the Ohio State University School of Medicine and most recently served 5 years as the Director of the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr Murray also is the immediate past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on School Health and a board member for the national Action for Healthy Kids, promoting school policies that combat obesity and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. At the state level, he currently serves as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Ohio Chapter’s Home and School Health Committee.

Lice Are Back! Keep Your Child Free of the Little Buggers
Every year, 6 to 12 million school-age children get head lice.

Close, head-to-head contact is the primary way head lice are spread. It has nothing to do with poor hygiene or an unclean home environment. 

The most common symptom of head lice is an itchy scalp, especially behind ears and at the nape of the neck. 

There are a variety of treatments for lice such as shampoos and cream rinses. 

These products are available in most stores and are safe and effective if you follow the manufacturer’s directions.

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