For Immediate Release
Lice & Nit Combing Acknowledged as A Valid Treatment Strategy
February 10, 2020
NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) of Newton, Mass. today announced a milestone in its mission to educate parents on chemical-free ways to screen and treat children with head lice.
Following review of a citizen petition from the NPA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its website, Treating and Preventing Head Lice, noting that lice removal kits, which are “comb or comb-like” devices, are a treatment option, and stating that combing may be used alone.
“We appreciate the FDA’s careful consideration. While combs have been mentioned passively through the years, the FDA is now recognizing combing as a treatment strategy on its own,” said Deborah Altschuler, President of the NPA.
Reaching this day is a capstone achievement for the NPA, which Ms. Altschuler co-founded in 1983 as the first national organization to focus specifically on pediculosis (lice) as a public health challenge for children, families and communities.
Ms. Altschuler was inspired by her own family’s experience with head lice, at a time when standard lice treatments were potentially toxic pesticides.
Since then, the NPA has worked to empower parents and their communities to prevent outbreaks and handle infestations safely with a quality lice comb.
The NPA’s initiatives range from September’s National Head Lice Prevention Month to educational videos to the LiceMeister® comb, which was featured as a non-chemical alternative to the pesticide lindane by the international Stockholm Convention, a treaty dedicated to the elimination or restricted use of persistent organic pollutants.
About the National Pediculosis Association
The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to setting the highest public health standards for children related to the communicability and treatment of head lice. The NPA is comprised of volunteers including its Scientific Advisory Board. As part of its mission, the NPA developed the LiceMeister® comb. All proceeds from the comb allow the NPA to maintain independence from product manufacturers and protect children from the misuse and abuse of pesticide treatments for lice.
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When it Comes to Head Lice, Everyone Wins When Everyone Combs!
National Pediculosis Association Urges Parents to Be Proactive as New School Year Starts
Newton, MA—August is back-to-school for many communities across the nation and time to prepare the kids for returning to the classroom. The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) encourages parents to screen their children’s hair for pediculosis so these students can join their friends free of lice and their nits (lice eggs).
The message for parents is to be diligent about pediculosis – a communicable parasitic disease that is well established among the childhood population. The NPA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to setting the highest possible public health standards to protect children from both head lice and the risky pesticide-based lice products that are too often used. NPA reports that chasing lice with ineffective and unsafe treatments is a decades-long, well documented and continuing study of failure.
The safe and reliable alternative to the outdated methods is to keep the head lice management approach basic and cost-effective. Families need to always have a quality lice and nit removal comb on hand (see www.LiceMeister.com), know what to look for, and understand the importance of regularly combing for, and removing lice & nits.
“Those who have a quality lice comb can identify and successfully handle an infestation early and safely, when there are fewer lice and nits present. Everyone wins when everyone combs!” said Deborah Altschuler, President of the NPA.
Adding to the benefits of combing, Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu et al. summarized in Pediatric Dermatology that “diagnosis of louse infestation using a louse comb is four times more efficient than direct visual examination and twice as fast.”
In September, the NPA will kick off its National Head Lice Prevention Month campaign. Started in 1985, the annual educational campaign reaches out across the country encouraging entire communities to work together to send their children to school free of lice/nits.
We all know that there’s a lot going on when school begins – especially when it still feels like summer. But early detection will pay time-saving dividends over being caught by surprise. There’s a wonderful peace-of-mind among families when they share responsibility for ensuring that their children will be arriving to the classroom free of pediculosis and ready to learn.
For those whose school year starts earlier than September’s National Head Lice Prevention Month Campaign, resources are available now at
, including a tutorial on How Mary protected her kids from lice and risky chemicals: https://bit.ly/2Z04tt9
About the National Pediculosis Association
The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to setting the highest public health standards for children related to the communicability and treatment of head lice. The NPA is comprised of volunteers including its Scientific Advisory Board. As part of its mission, the NPA developed the LiceMeister® comb. All proceeds from the comb allow the NPA to maintain independence from product manufacturers and protect children from the misuse and abuse of pesticides for lice. For more information, please see LiceMeister.com and headlice.org.
Media should contact Dawn Ringel at 781-449-8456 or email@example.com.