I received quite a bit of feedback in response to my blog yesterday about lice treatments for children heading back to school. One reader said she knew a child who received brain damage after using an insecticide meant for removing lice.
While I don’t refute the possibility of this happening, most over-the-counter lice removal products are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA-approved drugs have been tested to ensure safety, while we all know occasional mishaps occur.
Aside from the use of insecticides to remove those nasty hair pests, one mother told me she used a product called the Robicomb on her daughter when she was younger. The Robicomb is an electonic comb that passes a small electrical charge from one of the comb’s teeth to kill the louse. This mother also recommended using cans of insecticide within the home to kill any lice that may have jumped off the head.
-Lindsay Goodier, Online Editor