Lice: just the single word can strike fear and dread into the hearts of parents and teachers. While infestations of the pesky bugs have spread like wildfire throughout schools for ages, they're now becoming harder and harder to get rid of completely.
Researchers say that treatments that had complete and total effectiveness in ridding heads and homes from lice just fifteen years ago are only 25% effective today. That's a huge drop in efficacy in such a short amount of time! Twenty-five states have found they are now contending with so-called "super lice," which are resistant to the long-used over-the-counter treatments. Prescription medication and natural treatments, like picking lice and their eggs from the hair, are still effective, but they take time. Luckily, the FDA has recently approved AirAlle, a new treatment that has proven highly effective. It is expensive, although many insurance plans cover the approximately $170 cost.
However, as the old saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Benjamin Franklin wasn't talking about lice, obviously, but his words ring true when dealing with these pests. Make sure your kids and grandkids know how lice are spread so that they can avoid bringing them home in the first place. Any head-to-head contact can easily aid in transmission, which is common at schools, on playgrounds, at camp, and during slumber parties. Sharing clothing, combs, or pillows can also cause lice to jump from one person to another.
H/T: KCRA News