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Watch out for lice this school year

Experts say lice are most commonly spread through head-to-head contact. (WLOS photo)

Children are getting ready to head back to school and the chance they might end up with lice will significantly increase.

Head lice are most common among preschool and elementary school-aged children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, somewhere between six and 12 million people worldwide get lice every year. To stop lice from spreading, experts recommend head checks. Lice themselves are small, but their eggs are even smaller which makes the problem tough to diagnose. If only one person in the family has head lice, everyone needs to be checked.

Experts say lice are most commonly spread through head-to-head contact. Another way to stop the spread is to make sure a child's hair is up and out of the way. A braid, pony tail or bun are examples to follow. It's also possible to spread it by sharing hats, clothing or brushes. If there is an outbreak at school, do not share combs, towels and bedding. All of those thing can be disinfected by soaking them in hot water for 10 minutes that is at least 130-degrees.

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