Head lice are human parasites that feed on small amounts of blood from a human host. Lice have six small legs with claws on the tip that make them experts at attaching to hair strands and making their way around a head of hair.
Although it is always possible to catch head lice, even in the winter months, head lice do seem to spike during the warmest months of the year. But why? Most likely because children are spending more close time together. Summer camps, family trips, sports camps or any other activities that bring kids together can mean more head lice outbreaks.
Head lice also thrive in human climates. They prefer moist, damp environments which are usually around the base of the head where the neck meets the hairline. Summertime sweating can create a welcoming environment for head lice on anyone’s scalp.
Searches for head lice or head lice treatment are up about 25% in the summer months versus winter months. For this reason, it’s always a good idea, no matter what the weather is doing, to remember what to watch for!
–Talk to summer camps or sports camps about how they are dealing with possible head lice infestations. Often time, no one even thinks of the possibility before hosting a camp. Contact the counselor in charge and suggest possible head lice checks in the camp that could do a lot to prevent spreading. Lice Clinics of America offers head lice checks for local camps.
-Talk to your kids about not sharing pillows, blankets, hats, hairbrushes, or any other items with cousins, friends, or teammates that could give them head lice. The average person who has head lice has 10-15 adult lice on their scalp. Female head lice lay about 10 eggs per day. You can see how quickly the problem can escalate! Nits are often transferred from person to person from these personal items. When in doubt, machine wash items in hot water to ensure all nits or head lice are removed. Thoroughly vacuum and disinfect items or carpets as well to remove traces of nits or head lice.
-Make sure your children are protected by nitpicking through their hair and watching for signs of head lice. This means running a comb through their hair strands and watching for nits, rashes, or bite marks. The fecal matter from head lice can cause allergic reactions on the scalp. The rashes and irritation you are seeing is a result of that and the saliva from bite marks, as well.
-Stay vigilant as a parent. Some kids have trouble sleeping due to itchy scalp or the sensation of head lice crawling during the night, as they are more active during the night. Others might just start scratching incessantly. Sometimes it’s hard to catch head lice before it becomes a big problem. Keep a watchful eye for early signs.
-Contact Lice Clinics of America if you have any questions or concerns about head lice. We offer head lice checks to show you what symptoms to look for and how to nitpick properly. We also offer the latest, most effective head lice removal treatments available on the market.
As Mother’s Day approaches it is the perfect time for all of us to stop and contemplate what exactly the special people in our lives mean to us. We all hold a unique perspective of motherhood in our own lives. Whether we are mothers ourselves or have mothers/special women in our lives that have helped to shape and mold us into the people we are. My own perspective may be much like yours, or completely different. But, at the root of it, we are all simply seeking the kind of love that only a mother or loving woman can offer.
I am the mother of five beautiful children, all of whom are healthy and growing. Of course, there are days I want to scream and give up! But, most of the time even in the chaos there are quiet moments of love and joy that make everything seem worth the struggle.
Just the other day my two and half-year-old daughter was in the shopping cart at the grocery store. As I walked down the aisle pushing the cart I was looking for an unusual ingredient I needed for a recipe I was trying for the first time. A man walked up behind me and started giggling under his breath. This caught my attention and I turned around to look behind me.
Unbeknownst to me my young daughter had taken all the bananas from the back of the cart, squished them open and threw them down the aisle, like a trail of bread crumbs. Even though I felt incredibly embarrassed and frustrated that I hadn’t noticed sooner, it is times like that I know I will never be able to forget and even look back on with a smile on my face for years to come.
That night as I tucked my busy toddler into bed, I kissed her cheek and said, “Good night Princess.”
She looked back up at me with her beautiful, blue eyes and replied, “Good night Princess Mommy.” That is why motherhood is a true blessing. These small, meaningful moments that make being a mother the most precious, rewarding times in our life. This concept is so beautifully captured by the lovely poem, Thoughts of You by Paula Stone.
This Mother’s Day and always, may we always remember the privilege it is to raise children. To be the one they look to for love, encouragement, and hope.
Thoughts of You by Paula Stone
Memories of another time still come
To me and fill my mind, with thoughts
Of you when you were young. I lie awake
‘Till the morning sun comes creeping
Through my window shade, as I dwell upon
Mistakes I’ve made. What I would give to
Go back in time and feel your little
Hand in mine. To cherish each fast and
Fleeting day. To hold you close and kiss
Away, each pain that life will have in
Store and try to give you so much more.
You are part and will always be, embedded in the soul of me. While I’m
Every parent knows that feeling. The moment you feel like if one more thing is added to your plate you might just crumble. When your children are hit with head lice, staying calm can be a huge obstacle. We know that sometimes you might just want to curl up in a ball and cry!
Not only do you have the daily pressures of parenthood, but now you have to deal with a nasty case of head lice as well!
Studies show us that parents who take time to care for themselves are better equipped to care for their families. Even with every day, basic tasks life can be overwhelming. If you mix in difficult challenges like sickness, or head lice, things can get hard, fast.
A recent article from The Washington Posts suggests, “Maintaining the basic day-to-day with no extraordinary circumstances, keeping all those balls in the air, is a really demanding endeavor, and it leaves very little time for moms to be able to have fun, relax, rest and have downtime,” says Aimee Danielson, director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in the District.
We get it. Head lice are hard. We know what to do to bring relief to you and your kids. The best thing you can do to tackle this head lice headache is to call the Lice Clinics of America. Our clinic and staff are here to help you through this with the most effective and affordable head lice treatments out there.
But, if you are having one of those “overload” days here are a few friendly tips to help you handle the head lice drama.
Healthy Ways to Relax:
Have a mommy or daddy timeout. Take a few minutes for yourself in a quiet room or even a closet. Sometimes you just need a quiet moment.
Ask for help. Call a trusted friend or sister/brother and ask them to take your kids for an hour or two while you do something you enjoy.
Exercise. Yoga, running, cycling, step, pilates or even just a simple walk can do wonders for the soul. Make time for your physical health.
Keep a daily journal. Just a line or two is enough. Write one thing that happened that made you laugh. Or simply one thing that you were blessed with that day.
Pray or meditate. No matter what your beliefs, taking time to ponder or pray is emotionally and mentally healthy. Clear your mind and make a game plan.
Prepare for the day. Every night before you go to sleep list your top priorities for the next day. Even if you can only have time for one or two things to get done, make sure you are doing what matters most.
Just breathe. Taking deep breaths and holding them in, slowly released helps calm your mind and soul.
Get a massage, or take a hot bubble bath.
Go on a date with your spouse/partner. Hire a baby sitter if you have to.
Put your children to bed early and have some YOU time. Better yet, go to bed early yourself!
Take time to enjoy your children. Stop what you are doing and read a story, play a game, or go play at the park. Remember the joys of parenthood, not just the hard times.
Go on a spontaneous family trip, camping, to the movies or hike. Just get away for a few hours or days!
Remember, you are not alone. Every parent has days when they feel overwhelmed and unqualified. Do your best and the rest will work out.
Yes! It may be hard to believe, but even babies are at risk for head lice. Anyone with hair on their head is susceptible to infection, especially if there are others in your home who are carriers.
The Centers for Disease Control related to us that children between the ages of 3 to 12 are most likely to catch head lice. This is generally because they spend so much time around other children in settings where lice can be easily transferred. Such as daycare, school, camps, play dates, etc. If an older child is a carrier for head lice, it can easily be transferred to an infant at home.
We love to snuggle, hold and love up on little babies. If your child unknowingly has head lice and is in contact with your baby they are at risk for head lice. Anyone, at any age that has a head full of hair, is capable of contracting head lice.
Are you worried your baby has head lice? Here’s what we suggest you do:
Look through your babies hair and make sure that they are showing symptoms or signs of head lice. This includes small, brown head lice that are about the size of a sesame seed. Bites from head lice will cause red, irritated bumps around the scalp. Particularly in areas behind the ears, at the base of the neck and the crown of the head. If head lice are present you will also notice rashes or irritations from their fecal matter and saliva that can irritate the skin and cause swelling. Nits or lice eggs will also be present. These are yellow or white in color, shaped like an oval and secreted onto single strands of hair near the base of the scalp. They will be difficult to remove, unlike dandruff or flaky skin.
Check all members of your household for head lice or signs of nits. Anyone could be a carrier.
Thoroughly clean your home, especially bedding, towels, furniture and clothing that could have lice or traces of head lice. Place items in the washing machine and dryer on a high setting for 20 minutes. Vacuum all furniture or areas that could be infected.
Make sure NOT to use any chemical treatments, or over the counter products that could cause a reaction or negatively impact your infant. These are not safe and not recommended by pediatricians.
We recommend only using non-medicated treatments for your infant if they do indeed have lice. Contact Lice Clinics of America today at your local branch to talk through the best possible options for your baby. We are here to help you!
Treatment at Home for Your Baby
Step 1- Lay your baby down in a comfortable position on top of a towel.
Step 2 – Wet down your babies hair with warm water. Keep a bowl of warm water close.
Step 3- Apply a small amount of hair conditioner to your babies hair to help make it easily manageable.
Step 4 – Comb through the babies hair in sections looking for head lice and nits. Use a fine-tooth comb or a nitpicking comb that will capture the head lice or nits as you brush up through the hair. With each section you comb through, dip the comb into the bowl of water to wash away any head lice or nits you picked up.
Step 5 – Continue working through their hair until you no longer notice any lice or nits. This process might take several attempts.
Step 6 – Rinse their hair clean and dry.
Step 7 – Continue to watch out for any signs of head lice. Sometimes it can be very difficult to remove every nit or louse on the scalp. Repeat the steps as necessary.
When we think springtime in Texas, we think bluebonnets. The beauty of roadsides and fields covered in these beautiful, bright blue flowers gives Texans the feeling of home. The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas. This unique flower is a genuine Texas treasure as it blooms throughout mostly central, eastern and southeastern Texas during March and April.
It is called the bluebonnet for their petals shaped like pioneer bonnets. The flower grows in the wild population along with Indian paintbrush and many other forms of various wildflowers.
Some people come from all over the country and state to drive the scenic highways lined with fields of bluebonnets during this stunning time of year. This iconic flower is a symbol of the faith, pride, and beauty of the great state of Texas and the good people who live there. How did the Texas bluebonnet become such a big part of Texas?
Legend of the Bluebonnets Beginning
The legend goes that many years ago the land was inhabited by several Native American tribes. The weather was harsh and the people suffered through several years of devastating loss. Floods washed away their villages. Scorching summers fried their crops and food sources. Harsh winters caused several of their tribal members to suffer and die. The tribe knew that the Great Spirit was unhappy with them.
In order to preserve their lives and seek blessings from the Great Spirit for help, the tribal men gathered. As they sought to appease the Great Spirit they offered prayers, dances and gathered often to decide what to do. At one particular council, the Great Spirit heard their pleas and told them their people had grown greedy and selfish. In order to restore their food supply, have rainfall and escape the harsh weather they must offer the ultimate sacrifice and burn their most prized possession. Then they were to scatter the ashes across the land.
The council of men knew not exactly what to sacrifice. As they discussed the meaning, a small girl sat in the corner of the room with her head hung down. She held in her hands a most beloved cornhusk doll, with bright blue clothes and beautiful flowers in her hair. She loved her doll more than anything, and she knew what she must do to help her tribe.
Late in the night, the young girl snuck out while the village slept. She went to the top of a hill where she gathered logs and dried leaves. She started a fire and burnt her precious doll as an offering to the Great Spirit. As the fire went out, she gathered up the ashes. Then, stood at the top of the hill as she blew the ashes all across the land. She sadly watched as the wind carried them away in many different directions.
The next morning, the village woke up and were amazed to find lush, green fields full of bright, blue flowers. The bluebonnets were born as a symbol that the Great Spirit had accepted this little one’s sacrifices and would no longer plague the land.
This beautiful story reminds us all that we must put others before ourselves. The bluebonnet helps us remember we are all part of something bigger. A community of people who help, serve and lift up one another.
Head lice are a human parasite that is indeed highly contagious. Here at Lice Clinics of America one of the most frustrating scenarios we see is parents that finally come to us because they simply cannot get rid of head lice. Their child may have brought it into the home from school or daycare and the problem seems to never go away, no matter how many store-bought treatments they use. Over and over again this is a common problem.
Why Can’t People Get Rid of Head Lice?
Simply put, because head lice are so contagious, often people have a difficult time eliminating them when trying to use over the counter home treatments. This could be because they neglect to screen every household member for head lice. This means that it continues to get passed on from one person to another. Checking every member, even adults is crucial to making sure it’s gone for good.
Talk to your kid’s friends parents. Sometimes your child could be getting reinfected from the original source without you realizing it. If you don’t find out where the head lice came from, the chance of reinfection is a definite possibility.
Keep in mind, pets do not play a role in the transfer of head lice. This is strictly a human parasite.
Sometimes the problem is that parents neglect to properly clean the home, bedding and hair accessories that will still have traces of head lice or nits. If a child is treated with head lice, then lays in the same bed that is infected, the problem will continue to be a vicious cycle.
The products you are using simply do not work. Commonly head lice are hard to eliminate because nits are still lingering behind. Even if every adult louse is killed on the scalp if nits are left that can hatch the problem just cycles through again. Head lice treatments from the store are not effective in killing head lice and their nits.
Tips to Remember
Head lice can happen to anyone. This does not indicate that someone is dirty or unkempt. These parasites are problematic for children of all ages and social classes. It doesn’t matter where you live or how often you bathe. Short hair or long hair is not a factor unless of course, you have no hair at all! The point is, head lice are everywhere.
Here are some tips to prevent head lice and reinfestation:
Remind children to avoid head to head contact with classmates, friends, or anyone while they compete in sports, play at the gym or attend school. Even neighbors or cousins who could come into your home may be passing head lice onto your family.
Make sure kids are not sharing combs, brushes, hats, scarves, hoodies, hair bows, hair clips, towels, helmets, or any other items that could have traces of nits or head lice.
Teach kids not to lie on beds, pillows, bean bags, or blankets from other children who have had head lice recently.
Every few days double check that each member of your family or anyone who has had close contact with head lice is not showing symptoms. Treat head lice quickly and clean all bedding or accessories that could be reinfecting family members.
Head lice are one of those things every parent HATES! We understand! Parents all over the country are relying upon Lice Clinics of America for support and results. We talked to parents who have dealt with the head lice hassle. The major common factor was that Lice Clinics of America provided the help they needed.
Here’s Why Parents Love Lice Clinics of America!
Parents Love Support –
Lice Clinics of America provide professionals who deal with head lice on a daily basis. We know head lice. How it hurts you, how to kill it, and how to help you get through it. Often times people come into clinics that might not understand what to look for and are wondering if they even have head lice. We can help! Even more, parents come to us that have dealt with the problem multiple times and really need the help to finally get rid of it. Our staff is able to talk you through the best options. We understand the frustration and angst that comes with head lice outbreaks.
Parents Don’t Feel Judged –
Not only do head lice cause feelings of being gross, dirty and embarrassed but also stress and frustration. Anxiety over head lice does not have to be handled alone. At Lice Clinics of America, we get it! No, we don’t think you are gross if you have head lice. No, we don’t feel like you are a bad parent if your child gets caught with head lice. We know that head lice are a fact of life. Something that you cannot avoid sometimes even if you do your best to prevent it. Our clinic is a safe zone for parents to ask questions, express concerns and know that no one is looking down on them.
Lice Clinics of America Offers Real Solutions –
One of the most common things parents say after visiting our clinic is that they are so grateful for a real solution to their head lice problem. Over the years over the counter products have become unreliable. Head lice have developed immunities to their active ingredient. We offer an innovative solution called the AirAllé, an FDA cleared medical device that kills live lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs—in a single treatment that takes about 90 minutes. This new procedure uses the latest technology to dehydrate head lice and their eggs. No more shampooing! No more worrying!
We Have Helped Thousands of People –
Take it from the hundreds of thousands of patients and parents that have seen amazing results with Lice clinics of America. We can help you through this process in more ways than one. With clinics all over the country, we are able to interact and learn from our head lice experiences. We are always trying to do better and improving the customer experience. We have helped so many families end their head lice nightmare. Let us help you!
What Did You Love About Your Experience with Lice Clinics of America?
Leave us a review or contact our office to let us know about your experience. We would LOVE to hear from you!
Up to 20 percent of the US population will catch the flu this season. That’s a lot of miserable people. Keeping your family healthy can be as easy as following a few simple steps and being proactive against the illness.
Avoiding the flu when you have young children at home can seem like a daunting task. Especially as they attend school, church, play with friends or just go about normal life. These recommendations from knowledgeable doctors can help you and your family steer clear of the flu this winter season. Read up and stay healthy!
Flu Virus is Preventable
Influenza is the only respiratory virus preventable with a vaccination. Why not get one? Most local pharmacies or doctor offices offer them with no scheduled appointment. Insurances also cover flu shots most of the time. A few seconds of your time, and you can be protected. Families with newborn babies, elderly people, or multiple children are strongly encouraged to protect their families against influenza by getting all members vaccinated. If a young infant or elderly person comes down with the flu, it can be potentially life-threatening.
Wash Your Hands A Lot
Hand washing is essential to not spreading the flu virus. Thoroughly washing your hands means using warm water and soap with 20 seconds of vigorous scrubbing. This includes between fingers, under fingernails, and up the wrists. Teach children to properly wash their hands and remind them to do so often. It can help kids to sing the ABC song while they wash. This helps them know how long they need to scrub. Always use a clean, dry towel for drying.
Hand Sanitizer is Not a Substitute for Handwashing
Although hand sanitizer is a useful tool to keep around, it does not work as well at preventing the spread of influenza as proper handwashing. Use it if you need a quick fix and no bathroom is available. But remember, handwashing is best.
Try Not To Touch Your Face
When you touch your eyes, nose or mouth you are potentially allowing germs and viruses into your body. Many people don’t realize, even rubbing your eye or itching your nose can make you susceptible. Keep your hands clean and try not to touch your face as much as you can avoid it.
Boost Your Immune System
Foods that will boost your immune system and help you fight off illness include healthy veggies and fruits. Multivitamins and vitamin C supplements are great, but not a substitute for proper nutrition. Look for ways to sneak in some spinach, green leafy veggies or vitamin c packed fruit into your child’s diet.
If you are Sick- STAY HOME
It is best for everyone if sick people take care of their illnesses at home. Sometimes it can seem like you don’t need to take that precaution. However, staying home for a full 24 hours after a fever breaks is not only helpful for your recovery but also considerate of others who do not want to catch the flu. Don’t spread it around! Stay in bed.
One symptom of head lice that is often overlooked is sleeplessness. Is your child groggy, irritable or not getting to sleep quickly at night? They could possibly be suffering from head lice.
Common symptoms usually take about three weeks to manifest. These include itching, open sores, rashes, and white eggs or nits present on the scalp. At night time when you are lying in bed trying to fall asleep, these symptoms can escalate and be more noticeable.
Lice are Nocturnal Creatures.
Head lice are much more active at night. This is when they crawl around finding food, laying eggs and weaving through hair follicles. If you notice your child is having difficulty sleeping lice may be the culprit. Imagine the sensation of tiny, creeping bugs crawling through your scalp. Top that off with itchiness and sore rashes on your scalp. It’s no wonder some people can’t sleep with head lice.
What Can I do to Help My Child Sleep?
Establish a Realistic Bedtime – Whether your family is dealing with lice or not, experts all teach that nighttime regimes are an important part of helping children receive consistent, good rest. Choose a time that makes sense for your child to be in bed, actually falling asleep. Then work backward to establish a nighttime routine that can help them be mentally prepared from bedtime. Based on your child’s age bedtime varies. The National Sleep Foundation can help you determine what is best for your child. Getting enough rest is essential for a healthy childhood.
Set Up a Routine – Give your child a bath every night, read a book, brush their teeth and tell them a story. Keeping a consistent routine every night helps their mind and body prepare for sleep.
Use Relaxing Techniques – Relaxing scents can go a long way in helping with sleep. Essential oils can do wonders to help a child or adult prepare for sleep. Scents that help with relaxation are jasmine, lavender, vanilla, or any scent that you like that calms the nerves. Massage your child’s back, neck or feet. Using oils and massaging can help them calm down and fall into a deep sleep.
Spend Time Together – Use bedtime as a time for bonding. Reading a favorite story, chapter book or magazine together. Sing a nighttime song that you both love and makes you laugh. Tell them stories about your childhood or ask them questions about their day. Spending time at night with your child helps them feel like they matter to you. Take the time to create a soothing, loving environment so they feel safe and sound before sleep.
Sleep Recommendations Based on Age
-Infants and children up to two years of age need 14 hours a day. Usually, this involves a two-hour nap during the day, followed by a 12-hour sleep pattern through the night. Children usually sleep through the night by age six months. A nighttime regime can help with getting them in a pattern to sleep through the night.
-Children three to six years old need 12 hours of sleep a day. Basically, skip the nap and put them to bed at the regular time. This age is critical for development. Adequate sleep will help them tremendously to focus and pay attention at school.
–Older children ages seven to twelve need at least 10-11 hours of sleep a night. This is time actually spent in slumber.
-Teenage children ages thirteen to eighteen still need about 8-9 hours of sleep as their bodies and minds are continuing to grow and develop. Teenagers deal with a large amount of stress and social pressure. They work hard in school and are always learning and on the move. Making sure they are receiving the sleep they need goes a long way on the path to success.