Pediculosis (head lice) is a common problem in school-aged children.
Statistics show head lice are found in 3-5% of the elementary population at any given time.
The main mode of transmission of head lice is contact with a person who is already infested. Contact is common during play (sports activities, playgrounds, at camp, and slumber parties).
While it is a nuisance and inconvenient, having lice does not carry significant medical risks.
Weekly checks at home are a great way to detect head lice early and to keep them from spreading.
If you suspect or find head lice on your child, please contact your school nurse for assistance and advice.