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PLANO (CBS 11 NEWS) – Parents concerned about new guidelines about head lice. Experts now say kids who have lice shouldn’t be kept from school.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids who get head lice should stay in class.
Tracy Wineberg knows what a headache head lice can be. “It’s a pain to have to pick their hair through to get all the eggs and everything out of it.”
The Plano mother’s 7-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, caught lice from a classmate last year. It took more than two weeks for the little girl to recover. That’s why it’s hard for Tracy Wineberg to believe that anyone would suggest keeping kids in school who have it. “I think that’s kind of ridiculous,” she said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued the new recommendation because they say, “head lice is a nuisance, not a serious disease or a sign of poor hygiene.”
Susan Hoff oversees health and safety policies for five United Way funded childcare centers. She says missing class time can be more serious than lice, but doesn’t agree with the recommendation. “As a parent I feel like if my child or there were children in the classroom that had lice I would want them to go home.”
The study suggests that parents simply use over-the-counter shampoos and sending their kids back to school.
But some parents, like Wineberg, say it’s not that simple. “Within another week she had it again, so we had to do prescription shampoo.”
Ashlyn is now head lice free. But just the thought of sending her to school with kids who knowingly have it only makes parents like her mother scratch their heads.
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