For those parents who have been to the trenches of lice treatment, time to arm your forces with the latest “it” solution in kid scalp maintenance. But don’t bother stocking up on any more combs or dialing up the Lice Squad for multiple shampooings because this new treatment is just a one-time hair wash. Can I get a “hell yes!” into your computer screen?
This new miracle treatment that you should be scanning the aisles for and bugging drug stores about ASAP is called ivermectin. The Atlantic describes the neurotoxin as a quadruple dream: “FDA-approved, one-time, 10-minute, DIY hair-wash.” When was the last time you saw those scrawled across a package of Nix?
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this medication was tested on over 700 individuals (in two multisite, doubleblind studies) and the results would make any parent who has struggled on the phone with the school nurse’s office weep. In the day following treatment, 95 percent of patients had no lice to speak of. Ivermectin does precisely what you’ve been hoping any of that smelly conditioner does in the first place: paralyzes and then kills lice.
Thankfully, science seems to be close to wiping nitpicking, ineffective combs, and arguments with school offices off a modern parent’s lice treatment checklist.