AAP Updates Lice Treatment

Lice, it is every parent’s worst nightmare and surprisingly enough most cases are not acquired at school. Head lice is not a disease or sign of poor hygiene and it can be treated. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children not be restricted from attending school because of lice. Pediatricians are encouraged to educate communities and schools that children can finish the school day at school, be treated at home and then return to school.

An updated clinical report by the AAP in May 2015 provides safe and effective methods of treating head lice and informs of new medications and products. Pediatricians and parents should consider using over-the-counter medications containing 1 percent permethrin or pyrethrins as a first choice of treatment for active lice infestations unless the community has shown previous resistance. The best way to stop a chronic lice problem is with regular checks by parents and early treatment with a safe, affordable, over-the-counter pediculicide.

Click on this link for more information from the AAP: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Updates-Treatments-for-Head-Lice.aspx