Tips for detecting and preventing lice

9:08 AM, Sep 20, 2011   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Kids have been back to school for at least a couple weeks, and it's likely many parents have already received the dreaded backpack note that says their child has been exposed to some kind of bug in the classroom.

The one no one wants to see... is lice.  

September is Lice Awareness Month, and parents should be on the lookout for the tiny hair-dwelling bugs.

KARE 11's Jeffrey DeMars visited the Ladibugs, the state's first lice removal center in St. Louis Park and got some tips on how to detect if your child may have head lice and how to prevent it.

Experts offer this advice. If you think your child may have head lice:

  • Check out pictures and information online to know what you're looking for
  • Wash your child's hair first, before checking for the bugs.
  • Look for live lice, which are often found on the back of your child's head near the neck and ears.

To help prevent your children from bringing it home:

  • Encourage your child to avoid sharing things that have been on or near another child's head
  • Teach your child to hang up their coat and hat on their own hook
  • Regularly clean things that your child's head has direct contact with, such as car seats and pillows.

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