In a recent article the AAP now recommends that:
- no-nit policies (1) should be abandoned
- head lice not be treated as a serious medical issue but instead a simple nuisance
- head lice not be considered an indication of unsanitary conditions
- head lice should be diagnosed by a pediatrician, not by nit-screening at school
- excessive cleaning at home is not needed
(1) Schools prevent students from entering the building if they exhibit signs of a head lice infestation. The sign most often used is the presence of nits, or eggs, in hair. If nits are found, or even just suspected, all students may be subjected to inspection. Students that are believed to have nits may be excluded from class and sent home for treatment.