Head lice are causing fear and worry all across the United States this Halloween. More and more children are becoming infected as lice is worse than it has been in decades in our public school systems and everyday life.
In fact, Lice Clinics of America has opened clinics all across the country where we treat people who become infected with head lice. Our clinics help hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children with their head lice problems.
Here are 10 SPOOKY things you didn’t know about head lice that will surely cause your heart to race and your palms to sweat!
#1 – There has been a 30% increase this yearin the cases of head lice reported! Some states, such as Washington and Oregon, have seen a 60-80% rise in head lice cases.
#2- Head lice bite the scalp and drink human blood. A louse will inject saliva into the scalp that actually prevents blood from clotting, allowing them to snack on the same spot a few times before they move on. If this doesn’t gross you out, you might need to stop watching vampire movies.
#3 – Head lice saliva and fecal matter are left on the skin of the scalp. These bodily fluids are the main reason that people infected with head lice feel itchiness and soreness. The traces of saliva and fecal matter from head lice can cause allergic reactions and irritations to the scalp.
#4 – If you are seeing adult head lice on your child’s scalp, they have actually been infected for several weeks. Head lice start out by a single adult who lays eggs. An adult louse takes up to two weeks to mature. This means that there have been lice and nits, or lice eggs on your child’s head for several weeks for symptoms and problems to start manifesting from several adult lice.
#5 – A single adult female can layone hundred eggs in just a few days. Twenty four hours after mating, a female will begin to lay her first eggs. She continues laying again, and again, and again for several weeks. As you can see, if you have several adult female lice on a scalp, the problem will escalate quickly.
#6 – Head lice are more active at night. This frightening little fact could be a big reason that your child is not able to sleep. Think of all the little head lice slowly crawling from hair strand to hair strand while they lay in bed at night.
#7 – Water does not kill head lice. They are able to hold their breath underwater for several hours. This is why simply shampooing or bathing does not kill head lice.
#8 – Girls are more likely to attract head lice! Why is that? Head lice are more common in long hair because they can easily attach to it when in direct contact with another person who is infected. The longer your hair, the higher your chance of getting head lice.
#9 – Head lice can lie in wait on pillows, bedding, small crevices in the fabric on furniture in search of a new human host. If a louse does not have the blood and warmth of a human host for 24 hours it will die. Once a louse if knocked off of a scalp they will jump at the chance to find a new victim to infest.
#10- Over the counter shampoos DO NOT KILL HEAD LICE! Lice are showing resistance to insecticides that have been designed to kill them. For years overuse and reliance on shampoos and powders have created “super lice” that are immune to their potency. No single product from a general store can kill eggs and head lice in one treatment.
If these facts don’t start to scare you – we don’t know what will! Contact Lice Clinics of America today for the facts on how to be rid of head lice!
Kids bored this summer? Here are a few fun, thrifty and fast ideas to get their little brains working!
Boredom Buster #1- Make a recipe book.
Help your children think of their three or four favorite meals, desserts, and snacks.
Using recipe cards, or even colored cardstock help them write out each recipe in detail. Go to the store and allow your child to purchase the ingredients needed. Then, for the next few days let them help you make the recipes for your family!
Not only is this a great way to help entertain your child, but it also helps them long term by learning to plan shopping lists, grocery shop and make their favorite foods!
Take a few fun pictures of your child preparing the food! Place the recipe cards in a binder or memory book along with a few of the pictures for them to keep! Now you have a recipe book for them to use a resource when they move away to keep forever!
Boredom Buster #2 – Lemonade Stand
Lemonade stands are not just for lemonade! Brownies, cookies, Rice Krispie treats, or many other baked goods are also a big hit with neighborhood kids! But, why stop there. Snowcone machines or cotton candy machines can be purchased at a reasonable price and will be quite a hit!
Make sure your child has a safe, visible spot for cars to see as they pass by. They can make banners, signs or flyers beforehand to help create more customers!
Once your child has made some money, this is a great opportunity to help them learn money management and to be responsible. The next time they want to open their lemonade stand, have them help with the expenses and learn about running a business.
Boredom Buster #3 – Put on a Play or Musical
Children love to be the center of attention. Help your child get their creative juices flowing by suggesting they gather up their friends and put on a play! Find some classic storybooks or let them come up with a whole new concept.
Writing out the play, gathering costumes from family members closets and even experimenting with makeup or hair can make the summer very fun and memorable! Let them use props from the house, get some building supplies such as large cardboard boxes or old pallets and create scenery! This could mean hours of fun and planning for your kids this summer!
At Lice Clinics of America, we value relationships. Taking time to ensure your children have fun, enriching experiences this summer is a win-win for everyone! Here’s to hoping your summer is safe and memorable!
Here at the Lice Clinics of Texas we know that kids love to play quiz games! Here’s a list of fun facts to see how much they actually know about everyone’s favorite summer holiday, the Fourth of July. How did our country come to celebrate with fireworks? Why is this day so important to our history? Read on to learn these answers and so much more!
-JULY 4TH IS INDEPENDENCE DAY OR ALSO KNOWN AS AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY IN THE UNITED STATES.
-WE CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS THE DAY THAT AMERICA BECAME SEPARATE FROM BRITISH RULE.
-UNDER BRITISH RULE THE COLONISTS WERE UNHAPPY WITH BRITISH GOVERNMENT. THEY FELT THEY WERE UNFAIRLY TAXED AND HAD NO VOTE ON THE LAWS THAT AFFECTED THEM.
-THE COLONISTS DECIDED TO WRITE A DOCUMENT ANNOUNCING THEY WERE NO LONGER PART OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THEY WERE GOING TO BE A NEW NATION CALLED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
-THIS DOCUMENT IS KNOWN AS THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
-ON JULY 4TH 1776 THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS SIGNED GIVING THE UNITED STATES INDEPENDENCE FROM GREAT BRITAIN.
-THE FIRST PERSON TO SIGN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS JOHN HANCOCK.
-THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS WRITTEN ON JULY 2ND 1776.
-THOMAS JEFFERSON IS CREDITED FOR WRITING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. HOWEVER THE COMMITTEE OF FIVE (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, JOHN ADAMS, THOMAS JEFFERSON, ROGER SHERMAN AND ROBERT LIVINGSTON) WERE ALL INVOLVED WITH THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
-THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS SIGNED BY 56 MEN REPRESENTING THE 13 COLONIES.
-THE 13 COLONIES WERE: NEW HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND GEORGIA.
-THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS WRITTEN DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR (1775-1783).
-DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN THE UNITED STATES GAINED INDEPENDENCE THE POPULATION OF THE COUNTRY WAS AROUND 2.5 MILLION. TODAY THE POPULATION IS AROUND 304 MILLION.
-THE FIRST EVENT CELEBRATING THE 4TH OF JULY AT THE WHITE HOUSE WAS IN 1801.
-BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WANTED THE TURKEY TO BE THE NATIONAL ANIMAL OF THE US BUT HE WAS OUT VOTED AND THE BALD EAGLE BECAME THE NATIONAL ANIMAL.
-SO WHY DO WE CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY WITH PARADES, FIREWORKS AND BBQ? MANY BELIEVE THAT IF HAS TO DO WITH A LETTER JOHN ADAMS WROTE TO HIS WIFE ABIGAIL ON JULY 2ND 1776 ABOUT AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE. IN THE LETTER HE WROTE ” THE DAY WILL BE MOST MEMORABLE IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA. I AM APT TO BELIEVE THAT IT WILL BE CELEBRATED BY SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS AS THE GREAT ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL. IT OUGHT TO BE SOLEMNIZED WITH POMP AND PARADE, BONFIRE AND ILLUMINATIONS (FIREWORKS) FROM ONE END OF THE CONTINENT TO THE OTHER, FROM THIS TIME FORWARD AND FOREVER MORE.”
THE NAMES OF THE REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH OF THE 13 COLONIES WHO SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: JOSIAH BARTLETT, WILLIAM WHIPPLE, MATTHEW THORNTON
RHODE ISLAND: STEPHEN HOPKINS, WILLIAM ELLERY
CONNECTICUT: ROGER SHERMAN, SAMUEL HUNTINGTON, WILLIAM WILLIAMS, OLIVER WOLCOTT
NEW YORK: WILLIAM FLOYD, PHILIP LIVINGSTON, FRANCIS LEWIS, LEWIS MORRIS
NEW JERSEY: RICHARD STOCKTON, JOHN WITHERSPOON, FRANCIS HOPKINSON, JOHN HART, ABRAHAM CLARK
PENNSYLVANIA: ROBERT MORRIS, BENJAMIN RUSH, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, JOHN MORTON, GEORGE CLYMER, JAMES SMITH, GEORGE TAYLOR, JAMES WILSON, GEORGE ROSS
DELAWARE: CAESAR RODNEY, GEORGE READ, THOMAS MCKEAN
MARYLAND: SAMUEL CHASE, WILLIAM PACA, THOMAS STONE, CHARLES CARROLL OF CARROLITON
VIRGINIA: GEORGE WYTHE, RICHARD HENRY LEE, THOMAS JEFFERSON, BENJAMIN HARRISON, THOMAS NELSON JR., FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE, CARTER BRAXTON
NORTH CAROLINA: WILLIAM HOOPER, JOSEPH HEWES, JOHN PENN
SOUTH CAROLINE: EDWARD RUTLEDGE, THOMAS HEYWARD JR., THOMAS LYNCH JR., ARTHUR MIDDELTON
GEORGIA: BUTTON GWINNETT, LYMAN HALL, GEORGE WALTON
This month we get the opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day. There are so many different ways that people show their love and appreciation for the special father in their life. How do you most often express your feelings to your father?
Sometimes when I was younger I would write a handwritten card or bring him breakfast in bed. Now, as I am older and hopefully wiser, I think back on many different times in my life that I knew he was there for me and I like to write these memories in a heartfelt letter to my dad.
Here are a few great ideas for you to try this Father’s Day if you wanted a new approach to showing your love! These ideas are all cost-effective and will surely make your special guy smile!
#1 – Candy Bouquet for Dad’s with a Sweet Tooth
A candy bouquet will only take about half an hour to make and costs roughly $15. Start by selecting his favorite candies. Remember, not what you like, but what will dad love! Here is a great link with step by step instructions to get you going!
Any daddy that has little ones would love to receive this keepsake. With just a little effort you can help create a memory that he will take with him everywhere he goes. Take a minute to check out our source for this awesome craft at easypeasyandfun.com!
Anyone of these homemade gifts would be an excellent expression of your love and devotion to the father figure you cherish. Keep in mind that handmade items are most often the most meaningful as they show that we put some thought and effort into creating something they can always treasure. This Father’s Day make dad feel amazing!
Here at the Lice Clinics of Texas we know 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
As the family gathers together this Holiday season many parents are completely unaware that head lice can be a major problem during this time of year. With presents to wrap, cookies to bake, decorations to bring out and a million other things to get ready the last thing on most parents mind is preventing head lice outbreaks in their home. However, this time of year is no exception when it comes to the transferring of head lice, especially when cousins and family members come to stay!
Did You Know?
Children between the ages of 3-10 are more susceptible to head lice than any other age group.
People catch head lice most commonly through direct head to head contact. This means Christmas hugs, sleeping next to cousins in sleeping bags, or sitting by each other reading Christmas stories.
The next most significant way head lice are spread is through the sharing of articles of clothing or items that are carrying head lice or nits, lice eggs. Did your niece or nephew forget their hairbrush? Maybe you don’t want your kids to share when it comes to daily hygiene items.
Other items that pass on lice often are sweatshirts or hoodies, towels, pillows, stuffed animals, winter headgear or hair ties and accessories.
Head lice symptoms can take up to three weeks to manifest. By then, usually, a full-on head lice problem is apparent.
Adults that live in the same home as small children between the ages of 3-10 are much more likely to catch head lice.
Dogs, cats or any pets do not play any role in the transfer of head lice.
Winter time means that a lot of insects or parasites are dormant because of the cold temperatures, but not head lice. As long as they have a warm human host to keep them alive it doesn’t matter what time of year it is.
What Can I Do To Prevent Head Lice This Holiday?
Take the time to speak with children about the dangers of sharing accessories or items that can carry traces of nits or head lice.
Check your children’s scalp thoroughly before the holidays to ensure that they are not already carrying head lice.
Symptoms to watch for: red bumps or bites along the scalp, rashes and irritations on the scalp, itching that seems to worsen with time, and white, oval eggs that are laid on individual hair strands near the base of the scalp.
Make sure each person has their own pillow, blanket, towel and area to sleep. After guests leave it is recommended to wash all items in hot water and dry in a hot dryer to kill off any potential eggs or head lice.
Check your children’s head for any traces of head lice 2-3 weeks after the holidays to ensure no head lice were picked up during the Christmas vacation.
Lice Clinics of America is your BEST source for prevention and elimination of head lice. We care about your well being and want to help you get over this problem quickly and effectively. Give us a call today to talk through your questions!
At Christmas time a captivating way to bring the magic into your home is to share some Christmas time poetry. Snuggle up with your little ones, grab some hot cocoa and share these classic, timeless poems that can mean so much at Christmas time.
Class Christmas Poetry for Kids
Snowball by Shel Silverstein is a fun way to start! Children will love the hilarious ending and dream of playing in the snow. This classic poem brings the joy of winter to children in only a way Shel Silverstein can.
Snowball By Shel Silverstein I made myself a snowball, As perfect as could be, I thought I’d keep it as a pet, And let it sleep with me. I made it some pyjamas, And a pillow for its head. Then last night it ran away, But first, it wet the bed!
A Chubby Snowman compliments a craft time perfectly! Especially for younger children, what a fun way to incorporate poetry and craft time than a clever, creative poem and craft to make them laugh. Here are a few snowman craft ideas to choose from! Let it snow and bring on the creativity! Let it snow and bring on the creativity!
A Chubby Snowman Author Unknown A chubby little snowman had a carrot nose. Along came a bunny, and what do you suppose? That hungry little bunny, looking for some lunch, Grabbed that snowman’s nose, Nibble, nibble, crunch!
Christmas Bells is the ultimate Christmas classic that has been set to music in a beautiful hymn we all know and love. First start with the reading of the poem, then introduce your children to the song! Pick up some small bells to ring as you sing or read and create your moment of treasured memories.
Christmas Bells By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth,” I said; For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.” Sources: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/christmas-bells-by-henry-wadsworth-longfellow
Tips and Tricks to Keep your Little Ghost Safe This Halloween
-Be Seen in the Dark
Make sure that costumes can be visible in the night. Opt for brighter, easily seen colors for your child to wear. If you need to, have your child wear some reflective tape or glow sticks as a cheap way to keep them visible.
-Keep Costumes Safe
Halloween masks are super spooky but can obstruct your child’s view if they are not the proper size. Make sure they can see where they are going. Makeup is a good alternative to masks or hoods that will keep their line of sight open. Props that are sharp or heavy can hurt someone if your child gets spooked or just gets a little excited over the Halloween events. Make sure all wigs, hoods, capes or extras are fire retardant.
-Gather with a Group
There is almost always safety in numbers, and that includes on the spookiest night of the year. Gather with friends, cousins, neighbors or anyone who you can take along trick or treating to keep everyone safely together. Make sure children are supervised at all times.
-Check Candy for Safety
It can be important to check through your child’s candy for any opened, suspicious or homemade goodies that you don’t want them to have. Make sure that candy is age appropriate as well by removing hard candies or choke hazard size candy for smaller children.
-Don’t Forget your Cell Phone
Don’t slip out that door without your cell phone. Make sure it’s fully charged and ready to capture those scary moments with your child. It’s important to have it handy for safety reasons as well. If you do let your older kids around the neighborhood alone, maybe use walkie-talkies to keep in touch, just in case.
-Use Sidewalks and Don’t Ignore Traffic Rules
Children can become overly excited on Halloween night and forget to cross the street safely. Talk to them about using sidewalks and crosswalks when available. Also, make sure they know to walk on the outside of the road toward oncoming traffic if no sidewalk is available. Pick a larger neighborhood to stay in and give your kids plenty of options for trick or treating to avoid busy or dark roads.
-Be Extra Cautious While Driving
More accidents happen on Halloween Night with cars and pedestrians than most other times of the year. Be alert and use more caution than usual on this festive night. Remind teenage drivers of these risks as well.
-Keep Pumpkins Free from Hazards
Instead of letting children carve pumpkins, have them draw on a face with a sharpie and then an adult can cut out their pattern. Using paint or props to create a spooky face on your pumpkin instead can also be a safer, fun approach to Jack o’Lanterns. Try using battery operated lights or different colored glow sticks to give your pumpkin that eerie Halloween glow this year.
No matter how spooky your costume is this Halloween, an even scarier thought is bringing home head lice after a haunting night of fun and festivities. When ghosts and goblins, vampires and zombies unite for games, dancing, and trick or treating fun, the truth is that head lice happens more often than people realize. At Lice Clinics of America, we always see a spike in head lice outbreaks during the scariest time of year.
Why do head lice outbreaks occur during Halloween time?
Kids compare costumes and try on each other’s costumes for fun.
Children wearing masks can’t resist passing it around to their friends for everyone to have a turn.
Wigs and hats that are part of spooky ensembles are likely to be shared as they can also be fun to try on and wear together.
Anytime that children are spending time together, those involved are more susceptible to catching head lice.
How can I protect my child against head lice this Halloween?
As a parent that the most important thing you can do is to educate your child. It is almost impossible, however, to prevent head lice 100%. Yet, a simple reminder that sharing headgear, costumes, robes, wigs or outerwear for the cold is not a good idea can help you to eliminate the problem.
Perform head lice checks on your child before and after Halloween festivities. Acquire a nit picking comb and sift through your child’s scalp. Be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of head lice or nits. These include:
Red bites or bumps on the scalp
Itching and irritations
White or transparent colored eggs laid near the base of the scalp. These will not flake off easily like dandruff.
Adult lice crawling around the scalp, brown in color and the size of a sesame seed.
If you are not comfortable performing these on your own, Lice Clinics of America offers head lice screening at your local clinic. We can show you what to look for, help you determine if you have a head lice problem and give you expert advice on how to prevent and cure head lice.
If your child attends several Halloween events, take the time to wash or disinfect their costumes before they re-wear them. This includes masks, hats, robes or all pieces that their hair comes in contact with.
What do I do if my child has caught head lice this Halloween?
Remember, symptoms of head lice can take up to three weeks to manifest. The nits that are laid will hatch after 7-9 days and symptoms will start to escalate.
Also, if you do see signs of head lice, don’t make the mistake of thinking that washing the hair is good enough. MedicoRX shows us that head lice are capable of holding their breath for up to eight hours. Water is not an effective tool against eliminating or preventing head lice.
Super lice are now a super big problem across the United States. Several reports indicate the super lice are indeed immune to common over the counter products. This not only makes head lice more difficult to get rid of, but it can literally turn into a nightmare for parents.
Don’t let head lice haunt you this Halloween! Call our Lice Clinics of America office today to talk about our preventative measures and the most effective products on the market at eliminating head lice. We offer expert advice and professionalism that you will not find anywhere else.