Returning to school could mean the return of head lice

(WXYZ) - Head lice is something parents don't want their kids bringing back from school.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six million to 12 million U.S. kids, between the ages of three and 11, get head lice each year.

Lice can be spread by sharing hair brushes, clothing or having close contact with a person that has lice.

Signs of head lice include itching, small red bumps around the scalp and actually seeing eggs on strands of hair.

Those who have lice may also have trouble sleeping. Lice tend to be more active at night.

It's a myth that head lice are a product of poor hygiene. Experts say the parasites actually prefer clean, thick hair.

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