Q Are some children more prone to get head lice than others? It seems to me that it's more of a problem with girls, but maybe it just seems that way because it's so much trouble dealing with long hair.

A It is more difficult to inspect, treat and comb a person who has long hair, so managing a lice infestation is more difficult with girls. Loose long hair also is more likely to come into contact with lice than short hair is. Putting a child's hair up in a ponytail or bun is helpful, as are shorter hairstyles.

For some inexplicable reason, lice do seem to survive or be attracted to some people more than others, and some children in a family are more likely to get lice than others are.

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More on donating old photos

Readers had some additional suggestions:

"I went through this a year ago, and ended up donating some family items to the very wonderful Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa. They also took bigger things like a schnitzelbanc, handmade farm tools, etc. Other items, including many family photos, were welcomed at the Goodhue County Historical Society, and the Northfield Historical Society."


"I would strongly encourage anyone with old photographs to find their family historian. Most family trees have one or two people who keep up a family history. It's just a matter of figuring out who it is. Pictures, letters and other documents are priceless to family researchers. Also, a posting about the pictures can be made on genealogy websites such as GenForum (Genealogy.com) or Ancestry.com to locate someone who would be thrilled to have them (you do not need to be a subscriber to the website)."


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