“Head lice? How can that be? We wash her hair every night. And we’re really clean people!” We wish we could tell you how many times we’ve heard this from parents of our patients who, despite their family’s “cleanliness,” have contracted head lice. Since lice are typically spread through head-to-head contact (school, sleepovers, camp and any other situation where people are close to each other), kids are common targets. For the best ways to get rid of the pesky intruders, we reproduce a very helpful blog from Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Have your kids come home with head lice recently? Kids of all ages and socioeconomic levels get lice, no matter how often they do—or do not—wash their hair or bathe. In fact, 6-12 million kids in the U.S. get head lice each year, so you’re not alone.