Relaxed school head lice policies fail to protect children from risky treatments and may contribute to more exposures. The National Pediculosis Association offers tips to parents to be proactive as a cooperative community so head lice won’t catch them or their children by surprise.
September kicks off NPA’s annual educational campaign, which will last the whole year long.
The non-profit National Pediculosis Association’s mission is to inform parents and help them learn how to avoid exposing their children to risky pesticides marketed for children with head lice. Pediculosis, the medical term for lice, is an unfortunate yet predictable part of raising children today.
This year’s CombFirst! Campaign offers a new educational video called “Don’t let head lice catch you or your children by surprise” and shares NPA’s recommended public health approach.
Head lice are highly communicable little parasites that feed on the blood of all human races and ethnic backgrounds. The increasingly relaxed school head lice policies urge parents to chase away head lice with risky chemicals and keep actively infested children in the classroom. These are attendance policies -- not health policies. There’s nothing healthy about asking a parent to shampoo a child with pesticides. There’s also nothing healthy about an endemic state of lice among kids.
But no matter what the school policy – NPA encourages parents to work together to do what’s safe, practical and best for their children.
Reliance on relaxed school policies for managing head lice fails to protect children from risky treatments and may actually contribute to more exposures. For these reasons, the NPA calls out to parents to be proactive as a cooperative community so head lice won’t catch them by surprise. The fewer children with head lice, the fewer children giving them to others.
The National Pediculosis Association®, Inc. (NPA) www.headlice.org is a 501 c 3 non-profit volunteer organization, including scientific advisors dedicated to protecting children and their environment from the misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter pesticide treatments for lice and scabies. Proceeds from the LiceMeister® comb allow the NPA to be self-sustaining, independent of industry and accomplish its mission. @TheLiceMeister on Twitter!
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Pediculosis Association,® Inc.
A Non-Profit Organization
Serving The Public Since 1983.
2019 marks 36 years of Service.
The NPA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit volunteer organization, including scientific advisors, dedicated since 1983 to protecting children and their environment from the misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter pesticide treatments for lice and scabies.
The LiceMeister comb® was developed by the NPA in 1997 to provide a higher standard for lice combing tools and a safe, cost-effective treatment alternative to pesticides. Proceeds from sales of the LiceMeister comb allow the NPA to be self-sustaining while accomplishing its mission.
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