Is there a louse
in your house? If you’re a Minnesota
parent, it may now be your responsibility to know. Due to parental requests for privacy, and
recent rulings by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical
Association that lice is not considered a public health threat, individual
school districts carry the decision on how to handle it, and many are making it
the parents’ responsibility. As a
result, many moms and dads are turning to the Minnesota Lice Lady for guidance, while
others are unaware that the task has now been placed in their hands.
(pronounced HON-na) Asser is the Minnesota Lice Lady and a regional expert on
eradicating head lice. Asser is the best kind of “nitpicker”. She’s committed to helping kids get rid of it,
including the kids in Mother Teresa’s orphanage.in India where she spent her
vacation removing head lice. Gonne has
also trains staff and consults with schools across the Twin Cities.
approaches, Asser is concerned about the head to head contact that comes along
with continuous play at sleepovers and camps.
She says teachers are somewhat trained to spot head lice during the
school year, where camp counselors and parents are at a disadvantage due to
lack of awareness and training.
Lice and nits
can be incredibly hard to spot since not all people infected with them have
itchy scalps. They can be very hard to
get rid of too. Asser says that’s
because most all the over-the-counter shampoos don’t work anymore. Many of those products contain a pesticide
called permethrin. Lice have become
resistant to the chemical and the latest studies show it only kills about 46%
of adult lice and doesn’t kill nits at all.
Asser attributes her successful nitpicking at her salon to three essential
strategies - Use of a special nit free comb, an enzyme-based shampoo and most
importantly, going through every hair on the head, strand by strand and
removing every louse and nit.
over whether children infected with lice should be allowed in school also led
to the change in Minnesota’s “No Nit Policy” and once those changes were made,
school nurses promptly stopped sending kids home when diagnosed with head lice.
Now, most school nurses simply send home an instruction sheet for getting rid
of it and according to Asser, the recommended treatment is ineffective.
To find out more
about head inspection and removing lice with 100% certainty and to connect with
the Minnesota Lice Lady, call her salon at 612-564-0678.
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