Head lice and controversy have been partners in chaos even before the public was
willing to say the "L" word out loud. However, the National
Pediculosis Association® (NPA), a non profit
health and education agency established in 1983 with a mission to protect
children, believes that the establishment of a public health standard to control
head lice is essential. The ability to detect head lice as early as possible is
the key to such a standard. This weeks British Medical Journal (BMJ)
reinforces this plan by documenting the importance of accurate screening.
Here To Read The Study
The study reports that " lice
infestation is a problem in local communities, probably because reservoirs
remain undetected." This report comes at a time when some of the lice
treatment manufacturers in the U.S. have orchestrated a national campaign to
abandon policies that promote routine screening in order to keep children in
school lice and nit free. The absence of a prevention plan works well if the
goal is to sell more lice shampoos and keep head lice thriving among children.
The BMJ study, consistent with the NPAs long time assessment of the matter,
documents that " too many lice free children receive unnecessary treatment,
and too many infestations escape detection, jeopardizing the control of an
epidemic." While some infestations can be identified quickly by
visual examination, which should not be discouraged, the BMJ trials demonstrate
that the accuracy of scalp inspection can be greatly improved by combing.
The NPA emphasizes education and early detection as the front line defense and
has developed the LiceMeister®
combing tool to accomplish this. Enabling parents to take control by routinely
screening and safely combing to remove lice and nits at the earliest possible
juncture is the most practical and realistic approach. Anything less works to
the benefit of the lice.
NPAs Top Ten
Theres More to Treating Head Lice Than
Killing the BugTM.
Dont Let Your Child Become an
Because Its Not About Lice, Its
If You Dont Take Environmental
Protection Personally, You Ought To Have Your Head ExaminedTM!
Picky, Picky, PickyTM
Cuz if you dont get em out,
youve still got emTM!
If You Had Lice and Nits Would There
Still be Controversy About Removing ThemTM?
Keep Your Wits, Not Your NitsTM.
Check a HeadTM
it 4 the Kids!
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