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How to Deal With Head Lice

You've been scratching your head all day, but it's still itchy. Then you notice your best friend who you hang out with all the time is also scratching his head. What's the deal? Well, there's a pretty good chance you have a bunch of lice living in your hair.

Lice - What Are Lice?

A louse is a really tiny insect. Each one is about the size of a pin head, so you can barely see it. Lice are parasites - that means they live off other living things - kinda like the way you live off your parents at home. Lice live in your hair so they can suck blood from your head to stay alive. What's even worse is that lice don't hang out alone. They like to party in large groups and lay eggs, which turn into even more lice. When all these lice start biting your head at the same time, your head gets itchy.

Lice - How Do Lice Spread?

Lice will make friends with anyone. Guys, girls, white people, black people, geeks, even that cute girl at the front of the class with the perfect hair. Lice spread themselves around by moving from one head to another. They're usually found in clothes and bedding. If you share pillows, blankets, hats, caps, combs, brushes or barrettes with someone who has lice, you'll soon find those nasty things chomping at your scalp as well.

Lice - How Do I Get Rid of Lice?

If you're scratching your head all the time, get your parents, a doctor, or the school nurse to check your hair out. If you do have lice, you'll have to wash your hair with a special shampoo and then get your mom or dad to use a special lice comb to comb out the eggs that are still stuck in your hair. The shampoo will kill the lice right away and the itching should stop within a few days. You also need to wash all your clothes, blankets, hats, combs and brushes in water that's hot enough to kill any lice that are still hanging around. Remember, the best way to prevent lice is not to share stuff that other people put on their heads. Don't try on another kid's hat and never share combs or brushes.

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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Friends:
He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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KittyCheshire
KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
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PittsburghPenguinsFanatic
"aftershock" wrote: "NicolletteA" wrote: no. and you sound like the marketing people that stop me at the mall.  :/ lol, I'm not, i just kno someone whos making a new app and wanted to see if any1 would use it.   BTW what do u say to the marketing people at the mall? No. I don't like those people at the mall. Sometimes, they ask my family and I (usually directed at my mom and sister, but sometimes at me, too. Even though I'm under 13. Not for long though.) if they want their hair done. And sometimes I'm so tempted to say, "No thank you. I did my hair today. Do you think I want it done?" But of course I never do. It's kinda disrespectful. So we just usually say No thank you. My mom, sister, and I now have a solution for that (my idea when I was maybe ages 9-11) Don't make eye contact with them and pretend that they aren't there.
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BookWorm86
This is GREAT advice! Thx a lot StephRox!:) I have a younger brother & he can be EXASPERATING at times lol! Great advice!!:D
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