Est. time: 24 min

Head lice infestations are very common, with an estimated 6 to 12 million people in the United States being infested annually. Anyone having close contact with an infested person, or the contaminated clothing or personal belongings of someone infested, is at risk of contracting head lice. There are more cases of head lice infestation among school-age children than there are of all other communicable diseases combined, except for the common cold. Children, ages 3-10, and their families are infested most often, probably due to their increased physical contact with each other and the sharing of hair-related objects (i.e., combs, brushes, hair pins, etc.). Adult females have a higher incidence of head lice compared to males most likely because they have more physical contact with young children. Written by Michael Livovich, you will learn the following objectives: Description of Head Lice; The Developmental Stages of Head Lice; The Spread of Head Lice; Symptoms of Head Lice Infestation; Treatment, Prevention and Control of Head Lice in the Home and School; and Implications for School Leaders.