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The Latest on Head Lice

head liceMost parents will have to deal with head lice at some point in their children’s lives and it is not a pleasant experience.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics put out its latest clinical report on head lice in 2015, a joint project of the group that focuses on school health and the committee on infectious diseases. The report reiterated longtime pediatric positions, emphasizing the importance of careful diagnosis, by trained observers, and arguing first and foremost that children should not miss school because of head lice or nits.”

“Misdiagnosis is really common, even with medical personnel,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the director of infectious disease and professor of pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., who works with the A.A.P. committee on infectious diseases.”

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