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What do you know about Pediculosis? The quiz

You have received a letter from your child’s school, telling you there’s a child in the classroom with pediculosis; commonly known as head lice. How much do you know about head lice? Do you how to get rid of them? Are they dangerous? Take this quiz and see what you know… and what you need to know.

head lice

1. Head lice is found:
a) all through the hair, behind the ears and at the top of the head.
b) mostly in the bangs.
c) in the hair but also in the ears.
d) all over the body.



2. Head lice and nits are transmitted:
a) from contact – one child’s head to another.
b) by sharing combs and brushes.
c) using common earphones, hats, scarves and pillows.
d) all of the above.


3. Lice looks like:
a) green bugs.
b) little black flies.
c) a tiny wingless grayish insect.
d) a red bug with black spots.


4. Nits look like:
a) pearl-colored teardrop shaped eggs.
b) black flakes.
c) green lava.
d) red eggs.


5. You can eliminate lice:
a) by using regular shampoo.
b) by using medicated shampoo.
c) by using pesticides.
d) applying mayonnaise or Vaseline.


6. Treatment will consist of:
a) hair washing and nit picking.
b) hair washing and blow drying.
c) removal of nits with a nit remover.
d) cutting your child’s hair.


7. Personal objects will need to be disinfected:
a) non-washables can be dried in the dryer for 20 minutes.
b) clothes and other washables can be washed and dried in the HOT cycle.
c) seal the items in a plastic bag for 30 days (the whole life cycle of the lice).
d) all of the above


8. Head lice can wreck havoc with many families because:
a) a misconception that only dirty people get head lice.
b) if one member of the family gets it chances are the other family members will also.
c) even if one nit is spotted, it is time consuming to wash, vacuum and disinfect.
d) all of the above


9. The best way to deal with children’s feelings is to:
a) get mad and yell at them for getting lice.
b) be understanding but teach children not to share combs, hats and hair things.
c) laugh at them and their heads.
d) get upset and tell your children to wash more.


10. Oh, no! Another nit… not again:
a) check your child’s hair every day for at least the next two weeks.
b) be ready to give another treatment 10-14 days after the first one.
c) tell the day care/school about a re-infestation.
d) all of the above.



Click here for the full set of answers to this quiz.

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