Is it safe to use malathion on a baby who has head lice?

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You should not use malathion (Ovide) on a baby unless your doctor tells you to. A baby's scalp is thin, so medications like malathion can pass through it and may cause the baby to absorb dangerous amounts. Malathion is a prescription drug that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of head lice in children who are at least 6 years old.