The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
Every year, 6 to 12 million school-age children get head lice. Close, head-to-head contact is the primary way head lice are spread. It has nothing to do with poor hygiene or an unclean home environment. The most common symptom of head lice is an itchy scalp, especially behind ears and at the nape of the neck. To
check for lice, part your child’s hair and look at the scalp for small
white or yellow-brown specks that are firmly attached to the hair
shafts. These are nits - lice eggs in their shell casings. Adult lice are more difficult to spot because they are small and will move quickly away when exposed to light. There are a variety of treatments for lice such as shampoos and cream rinses. These products are available in most stores and are safe and effective if you follow the manufacturer’s directions.