the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its head lice “diagnose and treat” policy for the first time since 2015 due to the stigma that can be associated with the infestation.
The organization says that “infestations are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene, but they can lead to significant stigma and psychological stress.”
The October 2022 clinical report, “Head Lice,” states that head lice are controllable and that children should not miss school because of them.
Head lice are an unsightly part of the human experience, but they can be successfully controlled and are not a reason for a child to miss school,” said Dawn Nolt, MD, MPH, FAAP, lead author of the report,” the Committee on AAP on Infectious Diseases, Committee on Ambulatory Medicine and Practice, and Section on Dermatology wrote.
The updated guidance highlights “topical agents, such as shampoos, lotions, and other products approved by the Food and Drug Administration that contain pyrethroids” that may help treat head lice.
Response after a new guide
He also said that children with head lice can spread them to other children if they are still in school while infected.
We definitely hear a lot of frustration with that, mainly because if that student stays in school, there’s a very good chance that he or she will spread head lice in the classroom, at lunch, at recess. That kind of things.
The director also claimed that “super lice” are becoming resistant to over-the-counter treatments.”
We have seen more and more so-called super lice become resistant to those home remedies or over-the-counter treatments.
Ultimately, the AAP recommends that parents contact pediatricians for more information on managing children who may have head lice. They also recommend safe and age-appropriate treatments.