Over-the-counter products may not be your best bet for treating head lice
12/10/2015 11:53 AM
Head lice is pesky, but there’s not a lot you can do to prevent your child from getting it.
I see head lice more commonly in the winter when kids’ coats and caps are kept close together. I also notice head lice more during baseball season when baseball hats are shared among teammates.
Through the years, head lice have become resistant to over-the-counter treatments. I tell parents to only try an over-the-counter product once. If it doesn’t work, don’t keep repeating it because you’re putting a pesticide on your child’s head. Plus, the treatments are expensive.
The best remedies for head lice are prescription products. They are expensive, but most insurance companies will cover them. One home remedy that I’ve found to be successful is mayonnaise (the greasier the better). Apply it to your child’s scalp and have them wear a shower cap to bed overnight, then rinse it out in the morning.
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About the Author
Sue Ann Harrison, MD, is a pediatrician at Corridor Primary Care in San Marcos, Texas.