They have a nit to pick

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2011 - 3:27 PM

A bevy of mom-driven companies have popped up to help exasperated parents deal with lice.

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pediculusJan. 7, 11 3:58 PM

The need and value of 'nit picking' is quite controversial. For those who desire to patronize such services and who have the funds, then fine. It becomes problematic, however, in communities that impose a 'nit-free' requirement on children to attend school. Those policies are devoid of science and are dissuaded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC and yet others. For more educational information about lice and the policies, visit identify.us.com. This is the new site of information that had been previously hosted at the Harvard School of Public Health. It is offered at no cost and without commercial agenda.

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friend123Jan. 7, 11 8:01 PM

After months of trying everything (except this type of service) we talked to our MD. She said it is perfectly safe to leave the lice removal product on the children's hair overnight. (the products all say no more than 10 minutes. The lice was gone in ONE night.

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sanborn40Jan. 8, 1112:07 AM

After being a hairdresser for 20 years and seeing parents (especially those from well-to-do households) FREAKING out when they came in and I told them their kid/s had lice, I can see why this service is thriving. My concern would be for sanitation. One woman who provides this service in the article stated she keeps her gear in her car. Really? If you go to a salon and the stylist sees that your kid has lice, they have to immediately stop (mid-haircut) and ask the parent to take the child home and treat them and then the stylist has to sanitize her whole station, including combs, brushes and clips that NEVER even came in contact with the child with lice. What if they bring it home in their car or infect other clients? I think when the state hears about these companies sanitation policies, or lack thereof, they may get into some trouble. If they do practice proper sanitation this article didn't mention it.

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nordeasterJan. 8, 11 4:56 AM

The article lacked basic information about head lice and its treatment as well as exactly what these services provide. After reading it, I still don't know what the women who come to the houses DO with the kids who have lice. I saw a comb in a picture. Do they comb their hair? I don't get it. Amazing to read so much and find out so little. All I know is people are upset that they have lice, lice are hard to get rid of, you can hire some people to come to your house to help. Okay... Three sentences.

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oggasoggaJan. 8, 11 7:40 AM

Co-workers have lice too....

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redqidJan. 8, 11 9:51 AM

We had to deal with lice several times. The first thing is that I do not bother doing a manic cleaning of the house. If a lice falls off your head, they will not live long. So I just focus on pillow cases, hats, making sure no shares brushes or combs, etc.

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redqidJan. 8, 11 9:53 AM

Second, the nits (eggs) are glued onto the hair. That makes removal difficult. They only survive 2 weeks, so nits older than that are dead and pointless to remove.

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redqidJan. 8, 11 9:55 AM

Third, lice pesticides are increasingly ineffective. In Britain, the lice are more resistant to chemicals than here. Also, there are warnings about repeatedly putting the lice pesticides in young children's hair. We do not use the pesticides at all.

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wwallace67Jan. 8, 1110:00 AM

"They need reassurance that the presence of lice in their children's hair isn't a condemnation of their parenting skills." No-it's a condemnation on the cutulre.

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redqidJan. 8, 1110:01 AM

Fourth, there are two good treatment options without pesticides: smothering the lice and combing. For smothering, I like the nuvo method which uses cetaphil: http://nuvoforheadlice.com. I know some people use mayonnaise but cetaphil is way easier to clean out of the hair. The web site has some good ideas.

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