You have probably read a lot of conflicting information about head lice. Below, we summarize some of the do’s and do not’s of head lice treatment based on 20 years experience in the field. Some of these may surprise you. Do NOT do these things: Do NOT use chemicals to eradicate lice. They are not effective in penetrating the eggs and often do not kill the bugs which have become highly resistant. Do NOT pack up all of your kids toys, brushes, hair bows, or stuffed animals. There is absolutely no benefit in doing that. Lice cannot live off of the head more than a few hours.
The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky School Board Association back up recommendations by the American Pediatric Association, the Harvard School of Public Health and the National Association of School Nurses that schools drop their “no-nit” policies, so that children do not miss days of school because of lice or lice eggs (nits).