The word “lice” carries with it such a negative connotation; however, getting lice does not mean that the person is practicing poor hygiene. No child should feel embarrassed or ashamed for having lice. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently issued updated guidelines concerning the care and treatment for lice. It is recommended that over-the-counter treatment be used as soon as the lice are discovered, along with nit removal and wet combing and a second treatment administered nine days later. If there continues to be an issue after in-home treatment, contact your pediatrician for prescription medication. The AAP is also encouraging that children be allowed to return to school as soon as the first treatment is administered. It is also wise to treat the effected person’s bedding and personal hair products. The following sources have great additional tips.