NPA Press Release
Parents Fight Back! Chasing Head Lice with Chemicals is a Losing
Proposition for Everyone, ...but the Lice.
guidelines developed in 2000 to promote sales of pesticide treatments for
head lice continue to be used as the basis of allowing lice infested
children to remain in the classroom. Parents across the country are
(PRWEB) March 28, 2005 -- Parents across
the country continue to fight back as No Nit Policies are denied in order
to allow lice infested children to remain in the classroom. The National
Pediculosis Association (NPA) urges everyone in the circle of
responsibility for children to do their homework before abandoning their
The NPA's No Nit Policy recommends a
public health approach to controlling head lice and is available for
review here. The NPA’s
policy advocates a proactive approach -- informing communities about
pediculosis in advance of outbreaks and providing pertinent information to
enable parents to safely control head lice and send their children to
school lice and nit free.
As it is today, many schools are
switching to a reactive stance, refusing to dismiss infested children,
hoping to control head lice outbreaks with pesticide shampoos which are
not only potentially harmful to the children, but contain chemicals to
which the lice are solidly resistant.
Michelle Veres, a concerned parent in
Florida, has started a petition drive to
reinstate their No Nit Policy and is exposing the history of how
product-marketing gambits dictate school policy. She says: “It’s appalling
that the school board says that as long as a child has been treated with a
pesticide they can return to school with nits in their hair. Lice are
communicable and their eggs keep the cycle of infestation going. Don’t
show me some bogus study done by someone funded by a pediculicide company
that says the nits aren’t likely to hatch after treatment.”
Over eighty-six percent of more than 1000
people who responded to an NPA poll
posted on Headlice.org agree that children should not be in school with
lice and nits. NPA reports that parents do not expect miracles, but they
do expect schools to do the best they can.
J. Lytel, a Sudbury, Massachusetts parent
has been helping to get the word out. She wants parents to know in advance
that “Products provide a false sense of security and do not eliminate the
problem.” She says, "Dependence on them can prolong outbreaks in a
classroom by allowing infested children to return and infest their peers."
Chasing lice with chemicals is a losing
proposition for everyone but the lice. The NPA encourages routine
screening, early detection and manual removal of all lice and nits as the
safest, most practical and realistic method for taking control of the head
louse, a blood-obligate human parasite.
For more information and a complimentary
Critter Card to help you identify lice and nits
The NPA is a non-profit organization
serving the public since 1983. The number one website on head lice issues,
Headlice.org is strictly independent and offers parents and health
professionals helpful resources on this important public health problem.
You will find everything from a national
reporting registry -- to a
photo gallery of lice and
nits -- to e-cards -- to
fun games for children to
play during nit removal sessions plus a child friendly (designed by kids)
section for kids to learn. Headlice.org
also offers a helpful variety of free
information downloads for community education and outreach.
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