NEWTON, Mass., Mar. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- No matter how each new generation of parents differs from its predecessors,
The catalyst behind these changes is the National Pediculosis Association (NPA)—a nonprofit organization whose impact has continued to grow over the 36 years since its founding. The NPA advocates for the highest possible public health standards for children and their communities, especially as they relate to safe treatment alternatives for head lice. Today, the NPA is announcing two new resources to empower parents, school nurses, physicians and others confronting this public health issue:
"The NPA and Safe Baby Healthy Child share a commitment to providing information that enables parents to make informed and sensible choices—a proactive mentality that was missing from lice treatment approaches when NPA began," said Deborah Altschuler, NPA President. "There is a critical difference between treating lice and treating a child infested with lice," said Altschuler. "The NPA was launched at a time when the treatment of choice for lice-infested children, shockingly by today's standards, was the pesticide lindane. Lindane has since been banned in over 65 countries, most recently China. Regrettably, lindane remains available in the US."
The NPA's development of the LiceMeister® comb furthered its mission to protect children from the misuse and abuse of pesticides as a treatment for lice. As an FDA-cleared medical device, the comb set a new, safer and more effective international standard of care. Prior to the launch of NPA's LiceMeister® comb in 1997, lice removal was a more tedious and less reliable process. The availability of a quality combing tool empowered parents to manage head lice proactively at home. It also stimulated what has become a thriving and complementary cottage industry of lice and nit detection and removal services as another option for families.
The NPA continues to take its mission to protect children from risky pesticides directly to parents and others responsible for children's health and wellness. Every September, the NPA kicks off its CombFirst! Campaign, a national educational event in support of this mission.
Head lice remain endemic and a perpetual challenge for the unprepared. Yet every successive generation of parents can learn to deal with them safely and effectively. Fortunately, parents now have many resources to draw from, including, most recently, the NPA's new educational website, LiceMeister.com.
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 dawn(at)ringelpr(dot)com.
SOURCE National Pediculosis Association
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