Your child may catch more than a cold at school. Cooler weather is the perfect breeding ground for head lice, which can travel from person to person through head-to-head contact, hats or coats.
“If you catch head lice, it does not mean you have poor hygiene,” says Jesse D. Hoff, MD, family practice physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It just means you have been in close contact with someone else who has lice. Children often pile all their outerwear together at school, which gives lice a chance to move from one person to another.”
Head lice can also spread when children are huddled together reading a book, playing a video game, or when sharing brushes and combs. “If you are concerned about head lice, you can add tea tree oil to your shampoo to prevent catching them,” says Hoff.
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