Nonprofit Offers Alternative to Protect Children from Pesticides Used to Treat Head Lice; Campaign Based on Child's Death
||NPA HEAD LICE &
NIT REMOVAL KIT
Developed for Jesse's Project, this kit contains everything you need to manage head lice safely, without panic, and without exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. The Kit contains a
LiceMeister® Comb, instructional video in English and Spanish, Critter
Card™, combing cape, detangling comb, hair-separating clips, Boss
Louse™ stickers, LiceMeister® Comb cleaning tools, and the NPA's 10 tips for head lice and nit removal. (PRNewsFoto)[AS]
BOSTON, MA USA 07/16/2002
BOSTON, Jul 16, 2002 -- The
nonprofit National Pediculosis Association® is reaching out to families
with "Jesse's Project" and a non-chemical choice for head lice.
Jesse was a child whose mother treated him for head
lice while he was recovering from leukemia. It was when his relapse was
attributed to an unknown chemical exposure that Jesse's mother, Teresia
Cross, first considered that the treatments she used may have been more
than medicated shampoos, realizing that they were pesticides.
"I learned that the chemicals in the treatments
could potentially be hurtful to a healthy child, let alone someone who had
leukemia, chemotherapy and a transplant," says Mrs. Cross. She warns
other mothers of sick or children in recovery. "I want to do whatever
I can to help educate parents so that they can make the safest choices
Gina Solomon, MD, MPH, senior scientist for NRDC
agrees that people with cancer often worry about environmental exposure to
chemicals, pesticides, or other pollutants and says that many of these
concerns are justified.
Children are vulnerable to pesticides, and none are
more at risk than the growing number of children currently being treated
for illnesses such as cancer, brain tumors, epilepsy, asthma, and AIDS.
The NPA's goal is to educate parents in advance of
lice outbreaks to promote informed decisions. The NPA is also credited
with developing the gold standard in lice and nit removal, a medical
device, trademarked as the LiceMeister® comb.
The LiceMeister comb is packaged for Jesse's Project
with a teaching video and other helpful tools on how to screen, detect and
remove lice and nits.
The NPA urges that there will always be children for
whom a non-chemical choice is required. It is vital to help sick children
regain good health - but equally important to protect good health once it
Proceeds support the NPA's efforts to protect kids
and more parents are learning not to panic and to seek safer treatments.
Deborah Altschuler, NPA President says our goals are basic. "We can't
remove every potentially harmful chemical from a child's life making it
imperative to remove those that we can."
Visit the NPA at www.headlice.org.
Read more about Jesse's Project and special offers for the new LiceMeister
Lice and Nit Removal Kit.