Anyone anywhere will cringe when they hear the words head lice. This common problem causes stress and anxiety for parents and children involved. Head lice are a major concern for parents of young children who attend public schools, daycares, church youth programs or just about anywhere else where there are groups of kids. And they should be!
Every year up to 12 million children in the United States alone will contract head lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As a parent or guardian, you may be wondering what is the biggest cause of head lice? How can I prevent it?
Biggest Cause of Head Lice
You guessed it, groups of children are usually the main source for head lice outbreaks. If your child has head lice, they likely got it from direct head to head contact with another child. Children between the ages of 3-12 are more prone to head lice infestations. With that being said, we are seeing more and more cases of teenage head lice with the new super lice dilemma that is sweeping the nation. Some blame this on the selfie or sharing of small electronic devices. Others think that super lice are just harder to kill and therefore affecting more people.
The main way adults or teens catch head lice is from a smaller child who lives in the same home. Parents, grandparents, or teens who live with children are much more likely to catch head lice than other adults.
How Can I Prevent Head Lice?
Children need to be screened for head lice often. Lice Clinics of America is a great source for head lice screenings. We can show you what signs are prevalent with a head lice outbreak. We have the proper nitpicking tools to teach you how to dig through the scalp and identify head lice or remove it.
Checking often, being aware of symptoms and signs of head lice, and talking to your children about not sharing hairbrushes, hats, coats, or accessories that could have head lice are all good places to start in the battle of prevention.
We also provide head lice screenings in our clinic for the whole family. Some people erroneously believe that if their child has head lice, as long as they are treated the problem is gone. Not true. Most often adults catch head lice from their own children. Be sure to have everyone in your home screened before assuming your head lice problem is gone.
Can’t I Just Wash My Child’s Hair?
Many people think that head lice only prefer dirty or clean hair. Neither is true. In fact, head lice have shown no distinct preference in several tests. Anyone with hair, regardless of hygiene, is at risk for head lice.
Head lice are also able to hold their breath for 6-8 hours. For this reason, simply washing hair does not kill them. They are also equipped to grip onto hair strands with claws that are attached to the bottom of their legs. This prevents them from simply being washed away during shampooing.
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We will do you one better! If you and your family are fighting off head lice, team up with the Avengers! The Avengers of Head Lice, that is. Lice Clinics of America can offer you the support and answers you seek. We can fight with you every step of the way in your battle against head lice!
At Lice Clinics of America throughout Houston, Austin and many areas of Texas we offer the best head lice removal care around.
Here’s what you can expect when you choose Lice Clinics of America to destroy your head lice problem:
-Head lice screenings are a thorough way for us to evaluate if you or someone in your household has head lice and just how bad the problem is. With part of the head lice check you will receive a lice comb that you get to take with you when you leave. The lice comb can help you perform your own checks from that point on, ensuring that the problem has not returned. We will show you what to look for and help you pinpoint the problem.
-If there is evidence of an outbreak, we can take of it right away! We offer a one-time treatment that will seriously eliminate your head lice problem quickly. This process uses a dehydration method to desiccate the head lice and their eggs in a 90-minute treatment. This process has been proven to be over 99% effective. This chemical free approach can keep your mind at ease that no harmful substances are risking your families safety. Plus, we guarantee that process for work for up to 6 full weeks.
-Did you know that head lice spread quickly throughout a household? If you are living with a child between the ages of 3-10 they are much more likely to bring head lice home than any other age group. With that in mind, if your child does have head lice, any other family members that come into direct contact with the child are much more likely to contract head lice themselves! Screen the entire family for head lice at Lice Clinics of Americato be sure the problem has not spread.
-New “super lice” are hitting the school scenes rapidly this year. These lice show strong immunities to over the counter products that have been used for over 30 plus years in the United States. With the help of our new, innovative approach to head lice, even “super lice” do not stand a chance at survival. Why waste your time and money on over the counter products that simply will no longer work? Call Lice Clinics of America today and be your families favorite hero!
Lice Clinics of America are the experts at treating, diagnosing and preventing head lice! We get questions all the time about what other types of lice there are and who is at risk for catching them. Essentially there are three types of lice that affect a human body.
Head Lice are the most common and well-known type of human lice. Children between the ages of 3-10 are the most at risk for contracting head lice. It is passed through direct head to head contact most commonly, but can also be passed on by sharing clothing or items that are contaminated with head lice or their eggs. Most people will have to deal with head lice at some point in their life. It is so common that up to 12 million people will report having head lice in the United States each year. Head lice are not particularly drawn to clear or dirty hair. They love any human head that can provide them with shelter, warmth and a food source. With that in mind, it is completely false that people who catch head lice are dirty or unkempt. Head lice can and does happen to everyone! It’s just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Lice Clinics of America is your source for all things HEAD LICE! We can help you identify if you have head lice. We can show you the best treatment options. We will be here to help you make sure your head lice problem is gone for good! Don’t wait! Even a day or two can escalate the problem tremendously.
Body Lice are another form of human lice that live on the body. Most often they can be found near armpits, by the waist, groin, shoulders, or neck area. This is because they actually live within the fabrics of clothing and bedding and so they like places where it rests against human skin. Unlike head lice, body lice are most often only found in unhygienic conditions. Places where people are unable to get the basic care or everyday conveniences of hot water, soap or laundry facilities such as refugee camps, sites of natural disasters, or homeless shelters. Body lice also spread disease, unlike head lice. Their bites can transfer diseases and cause infections if not properly treated.
Pubic Lice are a tiny human parasite that most often spread through sexual contact with an infected person. Although most often found in pubic hair, they can be found in other areas of the body such as mustaches, beards, armpits, chest hair, or even eyebrows. Pubic lice are totally treatable and need to be taken care of immediately if symptoms are present.
If you are dealing with body lice or pubic lice, please contact a medical health care professional who can help you with these types of lice. Seek help immediately! The sooner you diagnose and eliminate the problem, the better.
Is your child showing symptoms of head lice? Are you feeling overwhelmed about what this could mean? Feelings of confusion, worry, and plain panic might start to set in!
Here’s a quick lifeline for parents of head lice sufferers: Learn whatever you can about head lice. This a great place to start recovery.
Remind Me, What are Head Lice?
Head lice are a human parasite that feeds off of blood several times a day. They survive from the warmth of the scalp as well. They are the size of a small sesame seed and lay eggs all over the scalp.
Let’s look at what the experts say. The Centers for Disease Control lets us know that up to 12 million children between the ages of 3-10 will acquire head lice in the United States this year. That’s a lot of children! No wonder this is a common problem.
Here is what the CDC says about what parents should understand, “Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.”
Can Head Lice Make My Child Sick?
Although the thought of blood-sucking parasites is extremely gross, rest assured that they do not transfer harmful diseases. The biggest worry you have is the stress, anxiety, and trouble they will cause to get rid of. They are also highly contagious. Make sure that you start resolving the problem ASAP to prevent a further outbreak in your home or community.
Itching, painful irritation, and open sores on the head are all effects of a head lice outbreak. Sleeplessness can occur as they are more nocturnal and can leave your head feeling tingly and itchy at night as you are trying to rest. If your child is showing signs of infection on their scalp from open scabs or excessive itching they could possibly also need medication from a doctor.
Most often, the worst thing that head lice inflict is stress and worry as you fight to get rid of them.
Here Are a Few Tips to Remember for Recovery
-Newly developed “super lice” show strong immunities to over the counter products. The result has been a greatly increased number in head lice outbreaks throughout the United States.
-Parents are learning the hard way that natural remedies and store-bought shampoos simply will not work any longer. Don’t be caught in an endless cycle of head lice!
–Lice Clinics of America offer a new revolutionary technique for destroying head lice. Our office is equipped to deliver results quickly and effectively in as little as one hour with the new AirAllé® treatment.
–Many parents testify that after weeks or months of attempting to remove head lice with nitpicking combs, over the counter shampoos, or natural remedies they have turned to Lice Clinics of America, extremely confused and at their wit’s end. Following the advice of our knowledgeable staff, they have eliminated the problem once and for all!
-Call our staff today at Lice Clinics of America to learn more!
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 you find your family has been hit with head lice you might ask yourself one simple question. What came first, the head lice or the egg? The answer is pretty simple. The louse. To fully get a grasp on what is happening you need to understand the life cycle of head lice.
Three Stages of Head Lice
Nit – the egg
Nymph – the young, immature head lice
Louse – the fully mature head lice
The adult female louse is capable of laying about 6-10 eggs per days. Head lice need a warm, human host to live and thrive. They are always looking for a new head to call home. Head lice do not jump, hop or fly. They crawl using clawlike feet from hair strand to hair strand. They are incapable of crawling on flat surfaces. Consequently, they are most often contracted through direct head to head contact with someone else who is carrying head lice. Children between the ages of 6-14 are most often more at risk than adults. However, if a child in your home has head lice you are also highly likely to catch it.
Once a new human host is found, the female goes to work laying her eggs in the new, humid and ripe environment. An average louse lives for 30 days from nit stage to death. A nymph reaches adulthood after 8 days. Within 10 hours of adulthood, most females are already mating and laying eggs. For this reason, you can see how quickly one louse can turn into a whole scalp full of head lice.
Nitpicking Quick Tips
Females lay their eggs very near the scalp. Their body naturally produces a secretion that cements the eggs onto a single hair strand. This protects it from flaking off as a piece of skin or dandruff would. Nits are oval in shape and change from yellow to white in color after they hatch. Once an egg is laid it will generally hatch within 8-10 days.
Nits are virtually impossible to kill with over the counter shampoos. They need to be nitpicked off of the scalp to really prevent reinfection. Using a nitpicking comb, parents can sift through the child’s scalp and peel off the unhatched eggs to remove them. This process can be extremely tedious but is very important in getting rid of the problem.
When dealing with head lice it is a common concern that harsh chemicals could have negative health effects. This concern definitely escalates when you are pregnant and find out that you have head lice. Lice Clinics of America always urges clients to avoid chemical lice treatments that can potentially be absorbed into the body. If you are pregnant, anything absorbed into the body can also be absorbed by your baby.
What Are the Dangers of Chemical Treatments?
Most over the counter products that claim to kill head lice use the active ingredient pyrethrum.
Although pyrethrum is only mildly toxic to human, if contact is made to broken skin is causes irritation and burning.
Inhaling pyrethrum can result in sneezing, nasal irritation, headaches, nausea, swelling and flushing of the face, loss of coordination, tremors, convulsions, difficulty breathing.
If left on the skin too long or overused, burning, itching and skin irritation can occur.
Allergic responses from coming into contact with products that use pyrethrum or inhalation are also a risk. These can result in vomiting, closed off airways, feelings of dizziness and rashes.
I’m Pregnant and Have Head Lice? What Should I Do?
The main thing is to find natural, unharmful alternatives that will be effective in helping you eliminate head lice. Do not risk using harsh chemicals that could result in a hazardous situation for you and your baby.
The America Pregnancy Association suggests using nitpicking combs to clear out head lice. Nitpicking combs help you avoid chemicals and pick through the hair strands pulling out each louse and nit. Although difficult and time-consuming, this is a 100% chemical free way to treat head lice.
Lice Clinics of America can show you how this is done and even offer you quicker treatments that are done in our clinic in less than two hours. Nitpicking is an awesome way to ensure the problem is eliminated after treatments and that you are not risking reinfection.
Call Lice Clinics of America for the best, natural treatments that will work to get rid of your head lice problems with no dangerous chemicals. Our knowledgable staff can give you the best options that will keep you and your baby safe, eliminate your head lice headache, and leave you feeling safe and secure with our treatment plan. You can rest assured that our treatments are effective and proven safe for you and your baby.
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!
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