What To Do When The 'Lice Letter' Comes Home
North American Precis Syndicate
If you get a message from your child's school that there are lice in the class, don't panic, but take control. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—If any of America’s 56 million schoolchildren is
yours, you are probably familiar with the “lice letter” alerting
parents that a head lice outbreak has been identified at school. When the
letter comes home, some parents panic while others delay action because “it
wasn’t my child.” Fortunately, there are steps you can
proactively take to control the exposure risk.
Catching lice early is vital in halting the spread of these itchy pests.
It can take four to six weeks after infestation begins for itching to start,
and not everyone develops this telltale symptom. Help the entire family to
avoid an outbreak by acting quickly after exposure.
Steps to Take
• Check the child and ALL family members for lice using a nit comb.
To check fine sections of hair with the comb, apply a 50/50 solution of
conditioner/water to the hair to help facilitate combing. Work under bright
light and watch for movement. Examine the comb after each stroke, wiping it
on disposable towels or running it under water.
• Nits and scurrying lice are so small that they can be easily
missed. It’s likely other family members and friends have already been
exposed to lice by the time an infestation is identified. If you don’t
find lice but are still concerned, switch the whole family to a daily lice
defense shampoo. How is a daily lice shampoo different from a lice treatment
shampoo? For starters, shampoo is a form and treatments come in many forms.
This topic really deserves its own article, but there is one key difference
worth noting. A daily lice defense shampoo is pesticide-free and can be used
like regular shampoo to defend your family against a head lice infestation or
control against re-exposure to someone who has not been successfully treated.
A lice treatment shampoo is used to treat an active lice infestation, and
most OTC products contain pesticides so they aren’t ideal for a daily
regimen. One gentle daily shampoo that offers ongoing control is Vamousse Lice Defense. It’s been found in
laboratory studies to kill lice with each use and is recommended for 10 to 14
days following the risk to help reduce the potential growth of an infestation
contracted but not yet identified.
• Treat anyone who is infested. With lice increasingly resistant to
traditional over-the-counter pesticides, look for a pesticide-free treatment
that is proven effective against super lice. There are many new types of
products, so read the instructions carefully. For example, Vamousse Lice Treatment comes in a convenient mousse
format that kills lice and eggs before they hatch—in just one
application. Lice eggs are rendered no longer viable with this treatment, so
there’s no waiting for them to hatch to treat again a week later, thus
decreasing hassle and the risk of spreading lice throughout your family.
• If you are concerned about your home, vacuum, and then wash and
dry any launderable items in high heat. For items
that cannot be washed or soaked in 130° F soapy water, the company offers
a powder that is the only one on the market proven to eliminate super lice in
For further facts and tips, go to http://vamousselice.com.
“If you get a message from your
child’s school that there are lice in the class, don’t panic, but
do take control. You can treat and defend your family with safe, effective,
over-the-counter products. http://bit.ly/2Jeiyag”
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