In order to protect your family from head lice you must be aware of where head lice may exist in your home.
Where do I begin?
Wash bedding, mattress covers, linens, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, comforters, and towels. All clothing that has been worn in the last 48 hours also needs to be washed. Soak, wash and dry them in temperatures reaching at least 130 degrees. Dry cleaning is also a method that will kill lice and their eggs. Whichever option works best for you is important to do immediately.
Gather all personal items that could be carrying lice or eggs. Plush toys, stuffed animals, rugs, decorative pillows, throw blankets or any personal items that are a risk need to be placed in the dryer on a high heat setting for 30 minutes.
Should I bag items for 2 weeks?
When head lice fall off a scalp they cannot survive for more than a day or two. They need a host to feed on and stay warm. Lice eggs, or nits, do not hatch if not under proper conditions. If detached from a human head they will not have the heat and humidity needed to incubate. For this reason, some experts recommend bagging infected items for 2 weeks to suffocate lice and kill eggs. Although this is an effect, it is most often unnecessary unless you are dealing with an extreme case. Washing, soaking and drying items is just as effective in ridding them of lice and nits.
What are the best ways to sanitize hairbrushes?
All items used on the hair or scalp need to be collected, have all hair strands removed, and disinfected. This includes brushes, combs, hair ties, hair clips, headbands, or accessories. One easy method is to throw everything on the top shelf of a dishwasher. Run it through a normal cycle. High heat settings can cause plastic items to melt. You can also sanitize items by boiling a pot of hot water and soaking items for at least five minutes. Other people use rubbing alcohol, soaking items in it overnight fully immersed will thoroughly disinfect hair items. There is no need to throw them away. These methods will quickly and easily make them safe to reuse.
Is fumigation the best option?
No. Fumigation, fog insecticides or pesticides of any kind are not recommended in removing lice and eggs from your home. Sometimes harmful toxins from these chemicals can be inhaled or absorbed into the skin posing a health threat to your family and pets. Vacuum your home, rugs, carpets, couches, chairs, tapestries and all fabrics to remove traces of lice. Be sure to immediately remove the vacuum bag or empty the vacuum into an outside trash. Wipe down any leather or vinyl areas with a warm, wet cloth. A thorough, deep cleaning is the most effective, safe way to proceed.
Are my pets at risk?
No. Pets do not play any role in carrying or transmitting head lice.
This is the scariest time of year! With Halloween just around the corner, no one can be too careful to make sure children and adults alike don’t catch head lice. What could be more scary? Here is a fun list of do’s and don’ts to ensure you have a screaming good time this Halloween and avoid head lice.
Do take your family to a local pumpkin patch. All members of the family can appreciate a delightful hayride in the crisp, cool air. Most pumpkin patches offer much more than that as well. Some of our favorite activities include corn mazes, petting zoos, giant slides into corn kernels, pumpkin demolition, carnival games, and scouring through the patch on the hunt for that perfect pumpkin! Big or small, pumpkins from the patch just seem more festive. A helpful resource for finding your local pumpkin patch is http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org. They offer detailed information about farms in each Texas county. Be sure to call ahead and make sure you know what to expect.
Don’t share scarves, hats or beanies with others while celebrating out it the pumpkin patch. One of the fastest ways to catch lice is by transferring it from person to person off of headgear or apparel that touches the neckline. In just a few minutes one louse can creep off of the hat and onto your hair follicles. That’s how the problem begins. Be on the lookout for anyone sharing head apparel while bundling up on that hayride. Even jackets with a hood or collar can be the culprit for catching lice. Beware of sharing!
Do enjoy the Halloween spirit by having fun, festive nights at home. Who doesn’t get excited about a scary movie night at home? Grab the caramel corn and Halloween candy and get ready to be spooked! When your kids are little there are hundreds of amazing, festive movies to get them ready for trick or treating. A few of our favorites include Halloweentown, Casper, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Hocus Pocus to name only a few. Take advantage of the Halloween season and spend some frightfully fun time with your family!
Don’t let children get too cozy with friends while they watch their favorite Halloween show. Cuddling up to feel safe and warm may be just the thing that is actually spreading lice to your child. Friends or neighbors, cousins or siblings can easily pass lice to one another when they get comfortable on the bean bag together and sit closeby for hours at a time. Sharing blankets, pillows, stuffed animals or beds is also not a good idea. Be careful how to approach this as to not hurt feelings. But, if you are not sure someone is lice free you can never be too careful.
Do take the time to enjoy Halloween by getting creative with costume ideas. If you have a hankering to make your own costumes this year now is the time to start. There are so many items in closets and wardrobes that can be used when embellished with supplies around the house. Custom, awesome Halloween costumes do not have to be expensive. Get thinking and come up with some cool ideas to make this season especially fun!
Don’t share pointy witch hats, robot helmets, scary masks, or even eye patches with your friends! Beware what your child is trying on or playing with this season. It may be too tempting to put on their best friends amazing mask. Just warn them that lice may be the result. Don’t forget to check their heads after the festivities just to be sure everyone has only had good, harmless fun and not contracted lice!
It used to be that parents would worry about kids getting lice by while playing hide and go seek or laying down together in the treehouse but now parents have a new thing to worry about: selfies. That’s right, kids are now getting lice by taking selfies with their phone.
Scientists recently studied over 200 children and found that children who own a smartphone or tablet are twice as likely to get head lice than children who do not own a smartphone or tablet. They found that the reason for this is children who have these devices, take more selfies with their friends, giving lice the perfect opportunity to crawl from head to head. Children may bump heads without even realizing it.
Head lice infestations have increased in older children because of selfies as well. It’s not only elementary school children who get lice anymore. Selfies really create a domino effect of spreading head lice. So next time you get ready to take a selfie, beware.
Selfies And Super Lice
With lice spreading rapidly in elementary schools and now middle schools and high schools as well, it’s important to find a safe and effective lice treatment. Almost all lice infestations these days comprise of super lice, meaning they have a resistance to over-the-counter lice treatments and many other lice removal shampoos. drugstore lice shampoos are ineffective and in fact, can have harmful side effects. It’s extremely important to get educated and stay away from these products.
Trying head lice treatments does not have to result in a dead-end failure. Our treatments have been medically tested and strategically created to treat lice without the use of harmful pesticides. We offer a guaranteed treatment using a device that blows warm air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. Our high quality, non-toxic treatment is the perfect solution to one-and-done lice removal. Our treatments won’t harm your children or the environment.
No matter which treatment you choose when your child gets lice, make sure that it is first, safe and 2nd, effective. And take selfies at your own risk.
Pediculosis, or infestation with the human head louse (pediculus humanus capitis), is one of the most common human parasitic infestations worldwide, especially among elementary school children. In the United States, about 6-12 million kids get head lice per year. Head lice can infest anyone’s hair, regardless of gender, nationality, race, or hygiene. Even the cleanest classrooms and the most sanitary households can be affected by head lice. Let’s learn about lice!
Here Are 9 Quick Facts About Head Lice
1. Head lice are parasitic insects that only attack humans. You won’t catch lice from the family pet, nor will you give lice to your family pet.
2. The most common way head lice spread is through direct head-to-head contact with an infested person. They can’t fly or jump. The second most common way they spread is through combs, brushes or hats.
3. Head lice are very small — about the size of a sesame seed. They can be tan, brown, or gray in color. They also lay eggs, called nits.
4. This parasite prefers a dark, warm environment and is often discovered behind the ears, under a ponytail and at the nape of the neck. They can also be found on eyebrows and eyelashes, but that isn’t as common.
5. Head lice stay alive by feeding on blood from the human scalp. They will die within 1 to 2 days after being off their host because they no longer have a food source.
6. A female louse can lay up to 10 eggs daily and they usually lay their eggs ¼” from the scalp.
7. Nits can often be mistaken for dandruff. But they are firmly attached to the hair shaft with a waterproof glue-like substance and won’t budge by simply shaking the hair. They must be individually pulled out, most effective with a lice comb.
8. Anyone can get head lice. Doesn’t matter your race, socioeconomic status or hair type. All they want is hair to attach to and blood to suck.
9. Males are less likely to get head lice than females because they typically have shorter hair. People who are bald will not contract head lice because they need hair to attach to.
A new Texas law requires public elementary schools to notify parents within five days if lice are discovered on someone in their child’s class.
The law, which was implemented on Sept. 1, requires schools to send home a notice to parents but they may not identify which child in the class has a lice infestation. This makes parents aware of the lice infestation while protecting the child from potential embarrassment or harassment.
The Law Is Written Under Senate Bill 1566
According to Senate Bill 1566, schools must also notify the parent of an infected child within 48 hours once a school nurse or administrator becomes aware of lice on the child.
The notice must also include head lice treatment recommendations, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even with the new requirements in place, The Texas Department of Health and Human Services says lice are not a public threat and do not carry diseases.
As lice experts, we have heard many lice horror stories. Oftentimes parents panic and try to treat lice with outrageous methods. We wouldn’t put coconut oil into that category but we also wouldn’t put it in the same category as our treatments. Nothing compares to going to a professional lice treatment. According to a clinical trial conducted by the Medical Entomology Centre, out of 50 patients, 41% of people were cured using a combination of coconut and anise spray, while 23% of people were cured using a permethrin-based over-the-counter treatment. This means coconut oil mixed with anise spray is more effective than drugstore lice treatments that are specifically made for lice. This is because of the super lice epidemic. Super lice have become resistant to many chemicals.
Coconut Oil Compared To Our AirAllé
While the coconut oil combination was effective on 41% of the people tested and a common over-the-counter treatment was effective on 23% of the tested individuals, our AirAllé® lice treatment is effective 99.2% of the time. So, in comparison, our treatment still beats the coconut oil/anise spray combination. In fact, our treatment beats any other lice treatment on the market. We combine out treatment with topical rinse and lice combing. If 100% precise, lice combing alone can be an effective. The problem is, it is near impossible to see every single nit with the naked eye and get every single one. If even one nit is left behind, you could have another lice infestation on your hands. This is why comb-out treatment alone is not reliable.
Coconut Oil Compared To Other Home Remedies
Coconut oil alone doesn’t do the trick, much like mayonnaise and tea tree oil. Although, it does not have as many harmful side-effects as mayonnaise and tea tree oil. Coconut oil is actually good for the hair and scalp. So if we were to compare which home remedy is the best option, coconut oil mixed with anise spray would be the most effective. But even so, why risk it when it might not work at all? Especially when we are sure that our AirAllé® treatment will work.
Parenting is a roller coaster of a journey. Some moments melt your heart and others melt your patience. Discipline is an essential part of parenting and the way you go about it can make or break your relationship with your child. Here are 3 tips for implementing positive discipline in your home.
Understand The Meaning Behind The Behavior
Being a good listener is an essential element to parenting. It’s important to know your child well enough to know why they are acting a certain way. Naomi Aldort, the author of “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,” says that children want to behave well; if they seem to miss the mark, it’s not without a valid reason. “The most important [thing] is to realize that whether a child does, we may label as bad, [but really] the child is doing the best he can. It’s our job as parents to find out why [he is] doing it, says Aldort. “Once we know the valid root of the behavior, we can easily remove the cause or heal the emotions, and the child won’t be driven to behave in that way anymore.”
Focus On Controlling Yourself- Not Just Your Child
If you’re a parent, you know it can be hard not to lose your mind sometimes. Dr. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Disciple,” says that parents should try their best to model the behavior they want their children to emulate.
“We should not do anything in front of [our children] that we don’t want them to do,” she suggests. In the case of an extreme behavioral mishap, this may mean counting to 10, taking a deep breath or simply walking away until you’ve had time to collect yourself.
Be Consistent With Your Discipline
Aldort says that parents often overlook a certain behavior in the hope that it will pass. “But guess what?” she says. “It doesn’t pass.” If your child hits another child, you might want to try holding their arm and telling them that the behavior is not acceptable. If they continue, then it is time to remove her from the situation.
Sometimes a child might try to test the limits by arguing with the rules. When this happens, Fay suggests neutralizing negotiations by repeating one simple mantra as often as necessary: “I love you too much to argue.”
We love our children and even though it may not be fun, discipline is necessary. If you have tips for other moms, leave a comment below and stay tuned for another blog next week with part two of our discipline tips.
Unlike many products and lice treatments in stores today, our treatment combats super lice and that’s a promise.
What Are Super Lice?
Super lice are basically a more annoying version of regular lice. They look and act the same as regular lice but are resistant to chemicals used in over-the-counter lice treatments. Super lice are more common than regular lice these days and they got their name from the media in the last couple years after public research showed that strains of lice had developed a resistance to pyrethroids, the active pesticide in OTC lice treatments. This makes getting rid of lice harder than when any drugstore lice treatment would do the trick. Unfortunately, many parents don’t know about super lice so their first course of action when finding lice is to go to the store and buy the first lice shampoo kit they find. This is why the revolutionary AirAllé device was developed by a scientist at the University of Utah. It DOES kill super lice and is completely safe, without the use of any pesticides or chemicals. That’s something to look for in a lice treatment. Nobody wants to expose their children to harmful chemicals.
Super Lice Research
In 2016, research was published after various studies found that lice sample from 48 states in the U.S carried pesticide-resistant genes. This means that super lice are pretty much in every state and they are most-likely here to stay. They have mutated to become stronger, much like many other species do over time. In 2016, the efficacy of OTC lice treatments dropped from 96 percent in past years to 28 percent in 2016.
Luckily, we’ve got a timeless head lice solution. Our AirAllé treatment will kill head lice and eggs no matter how resistant they become to chemicals because it uses controlled air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. This is good news for parents everywhere. We often treat children who after their parents were unsuccessful at using a drugstore lice shampoo. Come to us right away! Save yourself the trouble. We kill super lice and we offer the best darn treatment around! Get the facts about lice now in case you ever have to deal with it. We are happy to answer any questions.
National news stations are covering a recent story about Fox sports analyst, Clay Travis, whose family was kicked off of a Delta flight when head lice were discovered on his son’s head during the flight.
Travis turned online to express his anger about the situation, including how it was handled.9
According to Travis, he and his wife did not know their children had head lice, but when they discovered it, they knew exactly where it came from. Serval weeks ago, their children were around cousins who had lice.
“When my sister told me about her kids having lice, my wife bought all the over the counter lice treatments and doused our kids with it. Then she kept an eye on both boys over the next several weeks,” Travis says on his blog Out Kick the Coverage.
“During these two weeks in London and Paris our kids took regular baths and we combed their hair after each bath. At no point did either of us see any signs of lice.”
Lice Discovered Mid-Flight
The head lice were discovered halfway through their flight coming from Paris, headed to Minneapolis for a connecting flight to Nashville.
“While he was standing in line for the bathroom, my six year old started to scratch his head. My wife checked to see why he was scratching his head and saw then that he had lice. Several flight attendants rushed over too and peered down at my son’s head. ‘Oh, my God, he has lice’, they said.”
When the plane landed in Minneapolis for their connecting flight, the plane emptied and a flight attendant told Travis and his family that they could not take their connecting flight to Nashville. Travis and his wife were not happy about this and said they were not going to stay in Minneapolis. That’s when the flight attendant said that his children would have to be examined and possibly treated.
Travis failed to find any such policy about lice on the airline’s website and instead found the CDC’s information about lice stating:
“Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.
Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. “No-nit” policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:
Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as ‘casings’.
Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.
Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.”
This confused Travis because kids are encouraged to remain at school when they have head lice, a place where they come in contact with lots of other children but they must not remain on a plane?
They were still not able to board their connecting flight and a flight attendant told them they should go to the emergency room.
Lack of Head Lice Education
This entire situation may have been handled better or avoided if the Travis family knew more about super lice and if the airlines knew more about head lice in general. If Travis’s wife knew about super lice, she would have known that over-the-counter treatments are not effective. This is an example of way head lice education is so important to us.
However, this might be enough incentive to bring your child to us for a head check before hopping on a plane. Check out the video below to watch the story.