No, I do not have lice.
But last night, I fought lice in a duel called Lindsay vs. the lice in kids’ hair, helping administer lice checks, treatments and haircuts for kids in the neighborhood around NW 10th street and McKinley. All kids in Oklahoma City public schools are required to be checked for lice before returning to school. And while we only found lice in two children’s hair, we were glad that those two children were able to go to school today after receiving a thorough lice treatment.
If your child or a child you know has lice, the Web has a number of resources you can turn to for treatment. There are three different forms of lice treatments:
1. Insecticides, including malathion, phenothrin and permethrin.
2. Thorough combing of the hair.
3. Alternative treatments, including essential oils, herbal extracts or homeopathic tincture.
A good lice treatment also includes a thorough washing of any items that may have had contact with the child’s head, and someone should also check for eggs the first few days after the treatment.
Have any more advice on how to get rid of lice? Let us know.
-Lindsay Goodier, Online Editor