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Page 16 of 43 n Hudson Valley Parent 17 "There is no reason not to go to school but get treatment so it doesn't spread to other kids. The treatment can be over-the-counter Permetrim 1% lotion (such as Nix) at first, but if that doesn't help, prescription treatment is available." April Amlong actually wishes that parents would keep kids home if they have lice. "We got it more than once because of school outbreaks," says Amlong, an Accord-based mom. Her son Alex experienced his first lice outbreak when he was 7-years- old. "My first thought was that this was going to happen eventually. I know lice like clean hair, so I knew it wasn't because he was dirty, but it was still shameful." Unfortunately, some lice are simply resistant to the treatments out there and are known as super lice. "After trying Permetrim, comb hair with olive or coconut oil," says Hoolihan. "Nit Pickers secret enzyme shampoo (which dehydrates the lice) and NYDA solutions are good alternatives." Shaving a boy's head is another option but Hoolihan reminds parents that you still need to treat the children who may have lice, so they don't get re-infected. "Wash all the linens, clothes they wore, towels and hats with hot water and put them in a dryer with hot air. Vacuum the bed and wherever anyone has lain down." Once Jessica was in her second round of lice, Uzzo decided to color her daughter's hair. "It was such a lengthy process to get rid of them and she didn't want to have to repeat it. I dyed her hair matching her color. It worked so well at killing all of the lice in one shot. All I had to do was continue checking for lice and nits, but I didn't find any." While no studies have shown that hair dye works on killing lice, it is possible that hair dye on a child's head could be harmful. Check with your pediatrician before trying this option. Stables SUMMER CAMP (845)355-7433 112 Ridgebury Rd. New Hampton, NY 10958 We have lessons for all level riders. We promote horsemanship and friendship in our family friendly environment! 1/2 OFF ),RST LESSON (Continued on Page 18)

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