Kids with lice can go to school, new guidelines suggest

July 26, 2010 3:03:17 PM PDT
A new report says children should not be kept home from school because they have lice.

Lice may be unpleasant to deal with, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says, they are no reasons to keep children home from school.

The group has issued its first new guidelines since 2002 on identifying and managing head lice.

The bugs affect an estimated 12 million children in the United States every year.

Lice do not spread infection but their itch inducing affects are well known.

Parents are urged to stick with treatments that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The report also says that pediatricians should be more involved in the management of lice because parents might not always know the best treatment or if treatment is really necessary.


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