If you have young children and watch the news, you’re probably aware that there is a strand of lice that is resistant to over-the-counter treatments. While an annoyance, head lice, including this strand, can be effectively treated at home. Lice are a very common problem for preschool, kindergarten and elementary students. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 6-12 million infestations occur a year among children ages 3-11.
While typically not known for spreading disease, these parasites can be a nuisance to identify, treat and exterminate. As the school year begins, Felissa Kreindler, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, shares her insight on warning signs for detecting and treating head lice:
Have you or your kids ever had lice? What did you do to get rid of them?