Look Closer: Top 3 OTC Head Lice Treatment Myths

Standard store-bought head lice treatments with pyrethrin haven’t evolved much since they started appearing in the 1970s. Most people think that when a family member gets head lice, you make a dash for the store and grab a bottle or box kit from one of the brand names they’ve been used to seeing their whole … Continue reading “Look Closer: Top 3 OTC Head Lice Treatment Myths”

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Social Grooming: We Nitpick Because We Care

It doesn’t take much scrolling through Facebook posts to find an inspirational quote superimposed on a serene backdrop to ponder over for a moment or two. One recent post left me pondering a little longer than that: “Actions speak louder than words.” I found myself thinking about this as it relates to the social act … Continue reading “Social Grooming: We Nitpick Because We Care”

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Super Lice: For Real, But Not Really Super

Super lice! They sound like villain mutants in a science-fiction B movie or at least a great title for one. The trailer might go something like this: “In a world where shower caps and toxic pesticides reigned supreme, there was only one force strong enough to avoid death—Super lice! They’re here! Stronger than ever! EEEEK!” … Continue reading “Super Lice: For Real, But Not Really Super”

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Inner Enlightenment: A Lesson From Lice

Inner Enlightenment: A Lesson from Lice Whether you’re a serious planner or a go-with-the-flow type, one case of head lice could have you scratching your head about which version of “you” actually showed up to deal with it. Is it crazy to think we have something to learn about ourselves from lice? We can definitely … Continue reading “Inner Enlightenment: A Lesson From Lice”

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Is Summer Camp a Vacation for Head Lice?

Summer Camp and a Long Lice Vacation No more teachers, no more books? Oh, it’s that special time of year when we pack up the kids for summer camp. They’ll be making the kind of memories that last forever. Get ready for tales of campfires, crafts, lakes and lice. Yes, lice! If you’ve ever been … Continue reading “Is Summer Camp a Vacation for Head Lice?”

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When It’s Not a Nit (You’re Not Crazy)

Like many parents, I am quietly watchful for head lice, strep throat, pink eye, and a host of other common conditions that make the rounds among school-age kids. We know these communicable health risks do not discriminate. They do not stick to hours of operation. It’s a mixed blessing to say the same about the … Continue reading “When It’s Not a Nit (You’re Not Crazy)”

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Do Selfies Spread Head Lice? Take Your Best Shot

Are you creeped out by cautionary tales of kids getting head lice from group selfies? Some say the cultural phenomenon has reached new heights in popularity and originality, but the concern over selfie-spread lice takes it to new lows. Isn’t it just like adults to spoil all the kids’ fun? Sheesh. Lice and the Will … Continue reading “Do Selfies Spread Head Lice? Take Your Best Shot”

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School Kids with Head Lice: What’s the Big Deal?

Head lice is a hot topic this week, thanks to a new report from the  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that recommends putting an end to some schools’ no-nit policies and instead, keeping kids with head lice in class. Their statement, released just this week, started with a wave of news stories and left a … Continue reading “School Kids with Head Lice: What’s the Big Deal?”

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Lice Happens, But Do Pets Get Lice, Too?

The act of your child bringing home a head full of lice is disconcerting enough, but the thought of those unwelcome blood suckers spreading to an unsuspecting animal in your care is enough to give most pet owners an additional pang of guilt. In reality, head lice will never elicit so much as an “ewwww,” … Continue reading “Lice Happens, But Do Pets Get Lice, Too?”

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The Technology of Lice Removal

I think about lice. A lot. It’s an occupational hazard, but I can say with certainty that it’s better than the occupational hazards encountered on the Dirty Jobs episodes involving maggot farming, sewage removal or owl vomit collection. Recently, while engaged in a de-lice-full reverie, I realized that despite all of our 21st Century technology—video … Continue reading “The Technology of Lice Removal”

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