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Shaving for head lice is unnecessary and distressing

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:405
  1. Christine M Brenton, public health nurse (
  1. Communicable Disease Control Programme, Department of Health, Western Australia 6008, Australia

    EDITOR—Lwegaba argues that shaving can be a safer treatment for head lice than insecticides.1 However, shaving for head lice is far from ideal in children.

    Western Australia's Department of Health does not recommend shaving hair to remove head lice. Shaving is only a short …

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