While they're not nearly as prevalent as in years past, head lice are still a major concern for parents of young children, especially with Back-to-School season here.
Head lice, also known as pediculosis, are tiny insects that feed on blood from the human scalp and can be transferred through close proximity with another person who carries the parasite. While these insects do not carry bacteria or infectious diseases, they are extremely itchy, uncomfortable and can be spread very easily.
Flexible Spending Accounts Can Help with Prevention
Luckily, if you or your significant other has a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you can use your FSA to purchase products that identify, treat and clear up the problem quickly and easily.
Here are a few great FSA eligible products to solve the head lice issue when it arises:
1. Head Lice Combs
Head lice combs are specially designed to part hair without snagging or pulling the hair to get down to the skin level to remove lice and their eggs. The “wet comb" method is popular with parents who don't wish to use specialized shampoos and lotions, and is done by washing the hair and parting with a standard comb, then switching to the head lice comb to peer down to the scalp and remove insects that may be present on the tips of hair as well. Utilizing a magnifying glass may also simplify the process, and this should be repeated daily until the bugs are eliminated.
A tried and true method that all parents can rely on is lice removal shampoo, which features a series of regular treatments to kill off lice and their eggs. These products are usually extremely effective when combined with a wet combing method after each shower or bath, and lice removal shampoos also contain a conditioner and will leave no chemical residue behind.
This product requires a prescription for FSA reimbursement.
The technology behind head lice treatment has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several decades, and there are many new options available that are FSA eligible. A no-chemical solution like an electronic head lice detector and remover could be a great option for your child. These electronic combs send out an audible signal when an insect or egg is detected, and can be used on dry hair, which can dramatically increase your chances of eliminating an infestation and spotting each insect that may be present on your child's scalp.