The Nit Detector

When your child brings lice home from school, act quickly--and don't forget to nitpick

This column is about head lice, so by the time you're done reading, you'll be scratching your scalp. Don't be alarmed. This is a reflexive response to the words lice and nit. I've been scratching and obsessively checking my scalp for a week, and all I can say is, I'll take a psychosomatic case of Pediculus humanus capitis over the real thing any day.

When my daughter first came home from preschool lousy and itching, I saw it as a good-news/bad-news scenario. On one hand we finally had that family of house pets we'd always wanted. Unfortunately, they were colonizing...

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