Head lice are tiny parasitic insects found on the scalp (or even in the eyebrows and eyelashes). They are not particularly harmful, but they do spread quickly — particularly among school children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are at least 6 million and up to 12 million infestations each year that affect American children between 3 and 11 years of age. These tiny little insects move by crawling rather than hopping or flying, meaning direct contact is required for transmission.
Contrary to popular belief, personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice, but it pays to understand what you can and should do to protect yourself and your child.
Below is a collection of frequently asked questions and concerns about head lice, and tips for taking action.