Saturday 3 December 2016

'Get your comb and have a nit kit at home' - Parents warned of 'super lice' in Irish schools

Published 04/08/2016 | 19:44

Parents are being warned of
Parents are being warned of "super lice."

Parents are being warned of "super lice" that are almost immune to treatments as children return to school.

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A new study has revealed that 98pc of lice in at least 42 states in the US have developed resistance to treatment and medication.

The results of the study threaten to create a major problem in Irish schools, with parents unable to treat lice with over-the-counter medication.

Lead author of the study at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis, Dr Chris Belcher advises parents to ask their doctors for other treatments to tackle the head-scratchers.

Andrew Hennessy of The Hair Experts, Dublin told Independent.ie that when it comes to lice, prevention is key.

“There's an epidemic of lice in Ireland, it has just gotten worse and worse. There's a stigma around lice in the country - nobody talks about it."

"If people talked about it, it could be prevented. It's all about prevention. You have to check regularly and comb the hair regularly," he emphasised.

"The primary reason for the increase of lice infestations is because the chemicals that were used to treat them (pesticides), were banned by the World Health Organisation as they were found to be cancer-causing."

"The problem comes from people not understand the life cycle of lice. Preventative combing prevents that. You have to be consistent, it's the only way to keep infestations at bay."

"Get your comb and have a nit kit at home,"  he advises.

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