There’s not much that terrifies the elementary school parent as much as these two words: head lice. *shudder* We’ve all heard horror stories of the gross little bugs that itch and multiply and resist extermination.
As the school year is now in full swing, it won’t be long before some of us get the dreaded letter home stating that there is a case of head lice in our child’s classroom. Back in the day, a lice-infested kid was banned from returning to school until a nurse check determined her free and clear of the nasty little buggers. But these days the rules are different. In our school district there are no such restrictions. I eye every child suspiciously and pull my daughter’s hair back into scalp-stretching styles hoping this will help keep the creepy crawlies at bay. *shudder*
It’s no wonder we find the thought so terrifying! Head lice are tiny insects, about the size of a sesame seed (2–3 mm long). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, they feed on blood from the scalp, and they lay and attach their eggs in the hair close to the scalp. Head lice live about 28 days and can multiply quickly, laying up to 10 eggs a day!
(Is your head suddenly itchy as you read this? I can’t tell you how itchy mine is as I write it!)
Luckily, there are products to help us rid ourselves of a lice infestation should we have the misfortune to get one.
For more information on the specific ingredients most commonly found in OTC products to treat head lice, check out these links: Permethrin, (found in Nix) and Piperonyl Butoxide and Pyrethrum Extract, (found in Pronto or Rid).
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