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Dad Tip – Combing Wet Hair May Be Best Way to Find Lice – NYTimes.com

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 25-03-2009

Lice is part of life, especially for parents of girls in kindergarten through about third grade. At our school, lice checks are always done in the morning, on dry-haired kids. Research, and practical experience, says that lice checks need to be done on wet hair. This is when you can see not only the nits (the eggs), but the actual moving lice which spread the epidemic.

living lice are the moving transmitters of the epidemic, and visual inspection found only 6 cases, while wet combing found 19. In other words, the odds of finding moving lice were about three times higher with wet combing.

[From Vital Signs – Combing Wet Hair May Be Best Way to Find Lice – NYTimes.com]

Happy nit picking. No one likes lice, but it’s just part of growing up.