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Should Lice Keep Kids Out Of School?

For years, schools have been turning kids away that have head lice. Learn why should they stop this practice.

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Keeping kids with lice out of the classroom is more of a tradition rather than based on scientific fact.

Did you know that keeping kids out of school because of head lice is based more on tradition than on science.

How So?

Let’s say a boy in school is found to have lice. By the time anyone notices, he’s probably had lice for at least a month. And he’s been in school all the while.

OK, but maybe during that time he’s spread lice to other kids.

Probably not. Lice don’t jump or fly.

Spreading Lice

They spread only by head to head contact and by sharing hats and combs. So the most common places for kids to get lice are during a sleepover or just messing around with friends after school.

As long as students are careful not to trade hats and combs, the classroom is actually one place where a kid is unlikely to catch lice.

But if that’s true, why do schools still keep kids away when they have lice?

Read More: Schools shouldn’t ban kids with lice: report (CTV News)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7E6LMVVBZ23NYC72QB2EYMDKD4 LuckyJO

    Prevention is key when it comes to lice. The only way to keep them away is to use hair care products that REPEL lice-guaranteed!! After dealing with lice (daughter came home with it and infected her sister as well) I started to use Rosemary Repel hair care products after they were treated. These products are great, smell great, and they keep the lice away. We havent had any lice issues since, even though their School continue to deal with these pesky critters!

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