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Pesty Lice

Last week I attended a workshop conducted by London’s top lice expert. Yes, lice. Patricia Aiyenuro, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has her PhD in lice and advises government and education leaders on the topic. Since lice have become a common problem now facing many elementary schools, I wanted to learn more about the little buggers that terrify me. I was in for quite a shock, as many things I thought true about lice actually weren’t. I’d venture you may hold some of the same misconceptions that I did. So go ahead and take this quiz and see how much you know about pesty lice:

  1. Only dirty children get lice. T or F
  2. African-American children can’t get lice due to the oils in their hair. T or F
  3. Lice can become resistant to the chemicals used in lice shampoos, making the popular brands on the market today less effective at killing them. T or F
  4. Lice can change color to adapt to its host’s hair. T or F
  5. Children who share combs or hats can get lice. T or F
  6. Little girls get lice more often than boys. T or F
  7. Lice can live in sheets and towels. T or F
  8. Lice can jump from one child’s head to another. T or F
  9. Adults can get lice. T or F
  10. You can get lice lying on airplane pillow covers. T or F
  11. If you find a louse on your child’s hair, you’ll need to treat the hair over a two-week period to get the eggs that will hatch. T or F
  12. The best approach to get rid of lice is to use a comb with tapered teeth and comb through your child’s hair lathered with conditioner in it. T or F
  13. The best approach is to use chemical shampoo over a two-week period. T or F
  14. Once a child is bitten by lice, his immune system is compromised. T or F
  15. If your child isn’t itching, he doesn’t have lice. T or F

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