Health experts say kids with lice no longer need to leave school

Close-up Of female doctor doing treatment on boy's hair with comb
Close-up Of female doctor doing treatment on boy's hair with comb Photo credit Getty Images/AndreyPopov

The regular lice checkup is one of the greatest fears for any elementary school student.

Now, health experts have altered their opinions on what happens if a student is discovered to have lice in their hair.

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Experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are saying that students that are found to have lice no longer need to be sent home from school because lice are not considered a "health hazard” as they are not connected to disease and have a low transmission rate.

The AAP also believes there is a stigma attached to students getting sent home with lice.

Their report said per Fox News, “There is significant stigma resulting from head lice infestations in high-income countries, resulting in children and adolescents being ostracized from their schools, friends, and other social events.

“Head lice can be psychologically stressful to the affected individual."

The AAP also noted that lice can only travel by crawling, meaning transmission usually occurs between people who have direct contact with lice-infested hair.

While head-to-head contact is the most common transmission method, indirect spread can occur when someone makes contact with personal belongings that are shared with a lice-infested person, such as combs, brushes, hats and sports helmets.

The AAP says these indirect transmission methods are "much less likely to occur,” and "lice found on combs are likely to be injured or dead, and a louse is not likely to leave a healthy head unless there is a heavy infestation.”

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