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DEAR READERS: School time is lice time. Lice are spread with head-to-head contact. A louse is about a third the size of a sesame seed; its eggs (nits) are see-through and attached to the hair shaft.

Check your kids once per week using an extremely fine-toothed comb and a magnifying glass. If you find lice, either boil the combs for three minutes to clean them or freeze them overnight. Then you can try over-the-counter treatments, but you won't get far without removing the eggs. It's best to ask your pediatrician for help with lice treatment.

Lice can cause an itchy rash, but ultimately, they don't carry disease and can't survive off the head, unlike a bedbug.

P.S. Just because a child has lice, that doesn't mean she or he is dirty or neglected at home.

DEAR HELOISE: I cringe almost every time we eat out. Cleanup people at many restaurants use one towel to wipe tables and seats. How can you possibly think that is sanitary?

Nothing is perfect, but at least designate one color towel strictly for tables, and another color just for seats. This would help limit germs to some degree. It's difficult to imagine that owners find this acceptable for patrons.

I even saw an instance where a dish bin was placed on the floor, then brought onto the tabletop after it was wiped.

-- Florida Filly, via email

DEAR HELOISE: Easy solution for keeping stuffed peppers upright: Cut them in half, top to bottom. They lay flat in a pan (and you have twice as many servings). Smaller servings are good with children at the table.

-- Joyce W., via email

DEAR HELOISE: If you are home alone and ever need to call 911 for emergency medical services, if possible, consider opening or at least unlocking your front door. You may become totally incapacitated prior to the arrival of help.

Opening the door will save time for them getting to you. It might also save you a door replacement.

-- Paul Hill, California

DEAR HELOISE: Love your column. My favorite bookends consist of attractive candy jars or small flowerpots filled with all those pennies that never get spent. They never slide.

-- Lynn in California

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

[email protected]

Weekend on 11/07/2019

Print Headline: Helpful Hints

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