Head lice may seem icky, but the little critters that end up in children's hair aren't medically harmful, doctors say.
They are so benign the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a clinical report saying parents can even send their children to school with lice. The group goes as far as to say schools should get rid of policies that forbid kids from coming to school with lice.
The lice should still be treated of course.
Head lice are not a sign of uncleanliness and don't spread disease, the group said. Lice are transmitted from head-to-head contact, such as when children sleep near each other at camp or a slumber party.
The AAP's findings were published in the August print edition of Pediatrics and published online July 26.
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