I’ve been working in schools for ten years now, and there are two words that cause paranoia and strike fear into the heart of teachers and parents more than any other I’ve encountered. Those two words: head lice. People freak out when they hear that a child has come to school with lice. Admit it: you’re itching right now just thinking about it, aren’t you?
Head lice are an unfortunate fact of life. Even the cleanest child from the cleanest household can get head lice. When they happen, it’s important to treat them quickly so your child doesn’t pass them on to others (like you!). It’s also important to make sure your child is lice-free before you send her back to school. At most schools (including the one where I teach), all students who have been sent home for lice must be re-checked before being admitted to class. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to send students home two or three days in a row because they still have lice, even after being treated for them. It can take several treatments with an over-the-counter remedy to kill all of the lice on your child’s head. Also, home remedies such as mayonnaise or butter have not been proven to successfully kill lice. So what can you do to treat lice quickly and effectively?
One option parents have is to talk to their doctor about treating head lice with Sklice lotion. Sklice is a topical lotion applied to the head and scalp that works to kill lice in just ten minutes. The great thing about Sklice is that in clinical studies, it was proven effective with a single application. That means you may not have to worry about missing multiple days of school or applying multiple treatments. Sklice is only available with a prescription, so you’ll have to work with your doctor to determine if it’s the right choice for your family. However, I think it’s worth a trip to the doctor! Also grown-ups, Sklice isn’t just for kids. If you find that your child has been generous enough to share their head lice with you, you can use Sklice to treat it as well.
If you’re like me, you always want to know about the possible side effects of any medication you give your child. The most common side effects of Sklice (less than 1%) include eye redness or soreness, eye irritation, dandruff, dry skin, and irritation of the skin. Sklice lotion is intended for patients ages 6 months and older. Sklice should be used in the context of an overall lice treatment program. Be sure to wash all recently worn clothing, hats and bedding in hot water, and wash personal care items in hot water as well – including combs, brushes, and hair clips. It’s also important to remember that head lice cannot hop or jump from one head to another – they are passed from head-to-head contact. They need human blood to live, and will die in 48 hours without it. If you follow the steps to effectively treat lice, you can rest easy that they will be gone from your household.
Make sure you have all the facts about head lice! Be sure you can separate truth from fiction, and learn how to prevent the spread of lice. If you have questions about Sklice, visit their homepage to learn more, or contact your doctor. Head lice happen, but thankfully an easy, one-treatment option exists. You can cut out lice with Sklice.