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Kids Urged to Take Steps to Avoid Spreading Illness at School
Date:8/15/2011

>Head lice. Lice, parasitic insects that infest the head, eyebrows and eyelashes, are common among children (particularly girls with longer hair) between the ages of 3 and 12. Anyone can get lice and they are not associated with poor hygiene. Although they do not transmit disease, parents should discourage children from sharing combs, brushes, hats and helmets to prevent infestation.
  • Molluscum contagiosum. This very contagious viral skin rash is common among kids between the ages of 1 and 12. It is most often spread through direct contact with the skin, but kids can also get it by touching objects that have the virus on them. The best way to prevent this condition is by washing hands well with soap and water. Children should also avoid sharing personal items, such as towels and clothes.
  • Walking pneumonia. This illness is the leading type of pneumonia in school-age kids and teens. It can be spread through direct contact with an infected person or through coughs or sneezes containing bacteria. Although it can be treated effectively with antibiotics, children can prevent getting the illness by washing their hands well and often.
  • More information

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information on childhood illnesses.

    -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

    SOURCE: Nemours, news release, August 2011


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