Chemical Lice Treatments And Children’s Cognitive Health Problems

Head lice infestations—no part of the world is safe from these. Needless to say, researchers worldwide have dedicated time and resources to studying various aspects of head lice, including biology, causes and treatments. To date, one of the most focused on studies involve chemical lice treatments, given these have been linked to some alarming health problems, especially in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 6 million cases of lice infestations in the U.S. each year, and the primary victims are children. In many of these cases—where the side effects of the infestation and the stigma involved forces people to take rash action—the use of chemical head lice treatments is common. Problem is, the ingredients found in over-the-counter (OTC) chemical lice shampoos, oils and lotions have been linked to behavioral problems in children.

Chemical Lice Treatments: What Makes Them Dangerous?

To understand why this happens, we’ll delve a bit into the main ingredient that behind the issue: Permethrin. Permethrin, present in a number of common lice treatments such as Nix, is an insecticide. It serves the purpose of poisoning the head lice—however, the lice are not the only thing Permethrin is affecting. In a study of Swedish workers, where the individuals were exposed to Permethrin-based solution for forestry seedling, it was observed that ongoing exposure left them with side-effects of burning, itching skin, respiratory issues and eye irritation. A team of French researchers studied the exposure of pyrethroids, the synthetic chemical from which permethrin is derived, in both children and pregnant women. The study associated common cognitive issues in children to frequent use of head lice treatments. Also, lice treatments have been linked to increased links of ADHD in children, as observed in a study lead by a team of researchers in Rutgers University. While the matter of ADHD remains vague when it comes to causes, a number of scientists have linked the disorder to environmental factors, including exposure to chemicals such as pyrethroids used in common over-the-counter chemical lice treatments.

A Safer Alternative

Needless to say, you do not want to douse your children’s hair with a bottleful of chemicals. There’s always a safer route out there: pesticide free head lice treatments. And Lice Troopers guarantees lack of any kind of toxins in their professional lice removal services. These treatments are conducted by qualified experience lice removal specialists, who make of the manual technique of combing the patients’ hair using high-grade nit combs and skill of precision. Keep your children safe of consequences of chemical treatments, and opt for a safer route today. Call us at 800-403-5423, we provide head lice removal services in various parts of Florida.