Head Lice (Pediculosis) and Your Child

  • Chances are that if your are reading this, you have a child that has head lice, has had lice in the past, are worried they may get head lice or you think they may have head lice now.
    You may be upset, angry, anxious or concerned.  That is very understandable.  But while no one wants head lice, head lice are  not dangerous and do not spread disease.  Head lice are spread by head to head contact, especially sustained contact.  While head lice could be spread at school, head to head contact at school is not commonplace.  Head lice are a community occurrence; schools provide information and tend to be the place of identification.

    The resources listed on this web page were chosen to give parents the best factual and helpful information.  If you have any questions, concerns or need verification of active head lice in your own child, please feel free to contact me or your school's nurse.Lice

    Brooke Krininger, MPH, BSN, RN, CPAN - Health Services Supervisor
    (406)728-2400, ext. 1073
    Photo retrieved from
    on April 11, 2007