American Academy of Pediatricians Updates Head Lice Guidance In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’s 2010 report. The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head
The most common over-the-counter lice treatment products use pyrethrin, an industrial insecticide used to kill lice. Natural pyrethrin is a derivative of the Chrysanthemum flower. Its synthetic equivalent is permethrin. Together the chemicals are referred to as pyrethroids. There are some 3,500 products that use pyrethroids in varying concentrations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
If you ask most parents, teachers, daycare providers, and other folks that are forced to deal with head lice on a regular basis, they’ll tell you that there are three primary “seasons” when head lice infestations are common. They are back-to-school in the fall, after winter break, and after spring break. This isn’t too surprising,
When she took a trip across the country to visit family in North Carolina, Jackie Huynh couldn’t have known that the trip was going to change her life. The company that the California resident worked for had been sold to another company based in Texas, and she found herself without a job. When she got
Traditional head lice treatment is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s because lice grow in three stages—egg (nit), nymph, and adult louse. Female adult lice lay eggs, which hatch in 7-10 days. The nymph phase takes another 10 days or so. This is a period where the lice are actively feeding (biting the scalp) but
A story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a teacher getting head lice has been syndicated around the country. We’re used to hearing about kids getting head lice at school—not so much with the teacher. In this case, the teacher, who only wanted to use her first name Mallory, found out she had head lice
If you want to know how parents feel about lice in their households, take a look at this collection of Twitter posts collected by Huffington Post parenting editor Caroline Bologna. Called “47 Tweets From Parents That Sum Up The Nightmare Of Lice Outbreaks,” the article features copies of tweets that range from the horrifying to