Head Lice Awareness: National Pediculous Association · Myths vs. Facts · LiceBeGone.net · LiceMeister Comb
Parents naturally put their children first, constantly seeking information to keep their families nurtured and safe. But when it comes to head lice, they’re often confronted with conflicting guidance and misinformation. That’s why September is National Head Lice Prevention Month.
The National Pediculosis Association (NPA), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to setting the highest possible public health standards, with a specific focus on protecting children from lice and their associated risky treatments that contain pesticides.
Acknowledging that head lice is a public health problem for children is a critical first step in participating in the prevention campaign. Along with proactive community education, parents and entire communities can be empowered to work cooperatively on safe, respectful and effective control measures.
To help parents, the NPA has published The Deceptive Dozen, with twelve important tips to avoid misleading information on head lice.
“An informed parent community is the best strategy. It eliminates the need for a note from school because it empowers parents to be the first to detect a child’s infestation and manage it successfully and safely at home. Knowledgeable parents are confident and able to send their children to school without pediculosis,” says NPA president Deborah Altschuler.
The NPA is urging parents to know what to look for before outbreaks occur, and to screen regularly and detect head lice and their eggs (nits) when there are fewer of them to remove — which can be done successfully with a quality metal lice comb. According to an article in the medical journal Pediatric Dermatology, “diagnosis of louse infestation using a louse comb is four times more efficient than direct visual examination and twice as fast.”
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