PLAINVIEW, NY (WCBS 880) – It’s a big problem among young children. Now, one Long Island mom is being proactive and trying to stop lice from infecting children in one school district.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Merrie Radisch told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that she lived on pins and needles, just waiting for her children to get lice.

“You sit there and you check your kid’s head and you wait for lice,” Radisch said. “Then finally, my kids actually did get lice and it was one of those things that it was in the schools and my daughter got it again in camp.”

So, on September 7 – the day before school starts in the Plainview – Old Bethpage school district – Merrie will have a lice screening in her driveway.

Radisch says, “Especially since lice is such a huge problem, this summer in particular at sleep away camps and day camps.”

The screenings will be done by a professional lice checking company and cost $10 per child.

To sign up, e-mail Merrie at

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