The School Nurse Lice Battle Plan

Part 3: Lice Statistics

They may be sharing more cooties than just the toy one.

The CDC is not able to offer reliable data on how many people get head lice each year but they estimate that 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.

It’s a good guess to say that girls get head lice more often than boys. For the population of children I care for, this assumption seem more like fact than otherwise. This is not to say that I have not had my fair share of boys show up with a clenched fist only to open it 6 inches from my face and announce, “Look, this was in my hair! (With “this” still moving along the single strand of hair in the child’s palm).”

The current population of the United States of America is 325,939,733 as of (Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and based on the latest United Nations estimates). Looking at the low end of the 6-12 million that get head lice each year in the US, we all have about a 2-3% chance of getting head lice each year. That 2-3% may be a bit higher if you have a child aged 3-11 years old in your home.



RID contains pyrethrum and NIX contains permethrin. But what does that mean? Is one better than the other at killing lice and what about all those eggs?


You’ve found lice on a head in your home. WHAT THE HECK!? Okay, don’t sweat. You’ve got this. Read this LICE BATTLE PLAN and get them bugs gone!!


Learn more about lice. You have an 2-3% chance of lice coming into your home this year. The more you know about these pests the better prepared you’ll be.

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