Itchy Issues Can Spread Through Sharing

Itchy Issues Can Spread Through Sharing

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - An organism that likes to hang out and feed off your scalp is something Pediatrician, Dr. Lauren Hayley knows can leave you feeling sick. 
     "It can make your skin itch and it can just be an icky feeling you know that there's something in there," Dr. Hayley said. 
Health Care Coordinator for the Wichita Falls I.S.D., Debi Mills said the district is very familiar with those pesky bugs. 
     "It seems like head lice is something we deal with much of the school year," Mills said.
     While lice is something W.F.I.S.D. deals with all year round, Dr. Hayley said some sharing habits by children in the winter months could leave them to be exposed to lice. 
     "In the winter time when kids are putting hats on for recess and things like that, that's kind of a more common time when we would see it and kids are kind of stuck inside more than outside playing so you might see lice more common in this time of year," Dr. Hayley said. 
The CDC estimates some 6 to 12 million infestations happen each year in the U.S. in children three to eleven years old. 
While it's not a health risk, it is definitely a nuisance. 
     "But it's nothing to be worried about. There's nothing wrong with your child. It's something that can be treated and is easily treated, we just have to keep an eye on it," Dr. Hayley said. 
If a student at the W.F.I.S.D. has live crawling lice on their scalp they will be sent home to be treated with an FDA approved product. Once this product has been used and paperwork is given to the school showing so, the child may return. But first, they have to be checked out by the school nurse. 
     "If they have just the nits or the eggs on their hair then they can come back to school," Mills said. 
Both Dr. Hayley and Mills stress that getting lice is in no way a reflection of a child's hygiene. This happens to everyone. Dr. Hayley suggests making sure your children don't share hats, headphones or brushes with others because this could lead to lice exposure. But after being treated Dr. Hayley and Mills said to be sure and wash all bed linen, especially pillow cases, put stuffed animal in a sealed bag, and wash combs and brushes with mild water and soap. Following these steps will help ensure this itchy issue does not come back.

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