Most parents don’t deal with head lice until they have to—when a child comes home with lice. This typically launches a frantic search for a way to end the problem as quickly as possible. Until recently, that search has essentially led to three options—using drug store pesticide products, trying home remedies, or manual “nitpicking.” The
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.
When school nurse Timika Hopkins had a child come home with head lice, she was in for a shock. “Even though I had worked through numerous lice outbreaks in the school setting, nothing could prepare me for the day my own family got lice,” she said. “My background as a school nurse taught me how
Dayna Willbanks had reached a turning point in her career in the beauty industry. “I had been doing the same thing for 12 years and while I enjoyed it, I started to feel like there was something else out there for me to take on,” she said. What was missing was a more direct way
New Lice Remover Kit Cures Lice Without the Mess or Toxins It’s no secret that the vast majority of head lice afflicting children in the United States are now resistant to the chemicals used in the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) lice treatments. A study in the Journal of Medical Entomology published in 2016 found that
Head lice. Just thinking about the icky bugs can cause your scalp to itch. If your school or daycare center has notified you that lice have been detected, you’ll want to check your child (and yourself) immediately. Here are some of the signs that your child might have head lice. If your child is scratching
Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Advice When Dealing with Head Lice When a child comes home with head lice, most parents are, sadly, unprepared and go into panic mode. They rush to the drug store or doctor’s office (or Internet) and do whatever they are told because they don’t know any better. For many, many
What Do Lice Look Like? Lice are hard to see, and sometimes seeing is in the eye of the beholder. This means parents that don’t want to see head lice on their child’s head often take a quick glance and assume everything is ok. On the other hand, parents that have dealt with head lice