| ||Integrative Medicine: What Every Parent Should Know About Controlling Head Lice||
Michael Morton Alan PhD ©
Other Lice Busting Actions to Do
Since head lice cannot live without a human host, cleaning everything in your home can be a waste of time and energy. According to the NPA, your energy is better spent manually combing out lice and nits. Here are some home care actions worth doing:
- Wash all linens and dry on high heat in a dryer.
- Soak all barrettes, brushes and hair combs for ten minutes.
- Check coat collars, hood and scarves for lice and nits.
- Never use lice sprays! Carpets and sofas and chairs should be vacuumed every day until the infestation is over.
When children are young and tend to wrestle and hug and tumble together, the transmission of head lice during school hours is almost inevitable.
Here are some other steps to consider:
- Make sure your children don't share pillows, hats, combs and hairbrushes with other children.
- Wash linens often.
- Check often for head lice on all members of the family.
Sources for Additional Information
If you have further questions about head lice and the present epidemic, these are some good sources to update yourself on the latest info about head lice and recommendations for products.
Bio Integral Resource Center (BIRC)
Changes & Company, Inc. (producers of The Nonits Program)
1973 Nevada Court Suite D
Los Osos, California 93402
e-mail: nonits @ aol.com
754 Washington Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Harvard School of Public Health
77 Lewis Pasteur
National Pediculosis Association (NPA)
P.O. Box 610 189
Newton, Massachusetts 02161
New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NYCAP)
353 Hamilton Street
Albany, New York 12210
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
P.O. Box 1393
Eugene, Oregon 97440
Michael Alan Morton, Ph.D. is the Director, Homeless Services, Economic
Opportunity Commission (EOC) for San Luis Obispo County. He is also the co-author of Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine,(New World Library, 1997) and the founding president of the American Holistic Health Association.
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