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Doctors: Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School

American Academy of Pediatrics also gives advice on best medicines to treat infestation

Another expert stressed that parents and children should not overreact to a case of head lice.

"Lice create unfounded anxiety among students, parents and school personnel," said Dr. Ron Marina, associate chair of pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. "They are a nuisance and not a significant health hazard. Common sense and over-the-counter medications is generally enough to contain and treat this problem."

The new guidelines are published online April 27 and in the May print issue of the journal Pediatrics.
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