OMG! My Kid Has Lice! Don't Panic: Here's Our Complete Freakout-Free Guide to Getting Rid of It

Yes, lice is a major headache and a little creepy -- but you can handle it. Here's the scoop on what it is, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from coming back. (16 Photos)

Kelly Grant on Aug 25, 2011 at 11:58AM

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OMG! My Kid Has Lice! Don't Panic: Here's Our Complete Freakout-Free Guide to Getting Rid of It

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The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t believe that kids should miss day care or school because of lice and that over-the-counter medications, when used as directed, are safe and effective. "If a child has been properly treated, with live lice killed and only nits remaining (these don't leave the hair), then they shouldn’t be excluded from school," says Barbara Frankowski, M.D., lead author of the AAP’s clinical report on head lice. The NPA, on the other hand, takes the opposite view: "A no-nit policy encourages parents to be proactive by routinely screening in order to prevent outbreaks. Early detection allows a parent to comb out the lice when there are fewer of them and before the task becomes unnecessarily challenging," explains Altschuler.

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