In the morning, I ran through an article captioned – New Advice: Incase of lice, shampoo and go to school in Star tribune. Although, the caption was not fascinating, but it reminded me of my school days. Every Sunday my mom used to clean my head, in case I have lice in my head. No doubt it is a pretty embarrassing situation, if you are caught by your teacher or your class mates having lice in your head. Though it is not contagious or harmful, but it looks awful to scratch your head all the time. Many schools send lice infested kids back to home until they are treated. A new guidelines released by American Academy of Pediatrics now discourages sending the kids home.
Prevalence: 6 million to 12 million infestations per year. US cost put at $1billion a year. It’s huge.
Consequence: Lice are spread mostly by head to head contact or contact with infested clothes, hats or furniture
Controversy: Most schools send infested home until treated
Guidance: The American Academy of Pediatrics now discourages sending the kids home, calls on schools to abandon “no-nit” policies and supports regular head checks by parents, not schools.
New guidelines from American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is telling schools that “no healthy child should be excluded or miss school because of head lice” and recommending that schools should “abandon” policies requiring students to stay away until they are free of lice and lice eggs, called nits.
While the advice might be head-scratching for some parents and school administrators, authors of the advice said lice are a nuisance, but not an imminent public health threat like influenza.
Common treatment for killing head lice
/> Some of the common treatments for killing head lice, including prescription medications and over-the-counter products. However, in many cases these medications may not be effective because the pests in some areas have built up a resistance to them, according to AAP. Those who have succeeded in treating the condition with popular products such as Rid and Nix, also need to apply the pesticidal creams as many as three times a day to get rid of the pests.
There are some suggested alternative treatments that don’t rely on pesticides. Among these is “wet combing,” or wetting the hair with water or other fluids and combing out the lice and eggs, or nits, with a fine-toothed “nit comb.” Another possible treatment: applying the skin-cleanser Cetaphil and letting it dry on the hair overnight to suffocate the head lice.
I remember my mom used to put oil in my head and then comb my hair with very thin comb so that if I have eggs and louse it can be removed easily. Otherwise it is difficult to remove trapped eggs through normal comb. I appreciate the step taken by AAP to stop sending the kids to home for having head lice. As mentioned by Deborah Altschuler, president of the National Pediculosis Association, “Head lice are part of raising children”. We teach our kids to brush their teeth twice a day to prevent cavities” so parents should check for lice, perhaps once or twice a week after washing children’s hair.