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HVP May 2018

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16 Hudson Valley Parent n May 2018 of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. There are three forms of lice - the egg or nit, the nymph and the adult. "I don't think anyone likes the idea of lice in their hair crawling around and biting them," says Uzzo. "It was extremely traumatizing." It also wasn't Jessica's only interaction with the bugs. About six months later, she found them again. She is one of an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations that occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age, according to the CDC. "You get lice from direct contact, By LISA IANNUCCI W hen she was 8-years-old, Jessica Uzzo visited the local library. It was here where her mother, Kristy, noticed that Jessica couldn't stop scratching her head. When Kristy looked closely at Jessica's scalp, she noticed something moving. "Sure enough it was lice," says Uzzo, who lives in Fishkill. Lice. The mere word leaves most people scratching their heads. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), lice are parasitic insects that can be found on the head, eyebrows and eyelashes person-to-person," explains Eunice Hoolihan, MD, a family medicine physician with Health Quest. "Maybe the children lie down in the same bed or put their heads together. Lice don't jump or hop and cannot just fly from one person to another. If someone uses a hat, scarf or brush of someone that has lice or lies down in a bed with someone who has it and the lice are alive in the bed, they can get it." Time to treat Once you think that your child might have lice, Hoolihan says it's time to start examining all the children in the home. "Then get treatment right away," she says. Your kid has lice…now what? How to rid your kids of these creepy crawlies

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