Many times as parents there are things you look back on and think….what could I have done differently? How could I have prevented this? Don’t let head lice be one of those situations! Ultimately, there is not a “fix all” solution that can guarantee to protect your family against head lice. However, as a proactive parent, there are some things that can be done to help in the fight against head lice. Take a look over this list of ideas and decide which ones you can implement into your busy schedule.
Head Lice Prevention Tips for ProActive Parents:
Teach Your Kids About Head Lice. We all know that children are more susceptible to head lice than adults. This is because they spend more time together in groups, don’t value personal space and are often playing and active together. Head lice are passed along through direct head to head contact most often. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show us that up to 12 million children will contract head lice in the US this year alone. That number is on the rise as more and more teens and preteens are passing along head lice as well. Teach your kids what head lice are, how they live and the symptoms of head lice. An excellent website for a resource is Easy Science For Kids.
Teach Kids About How Head Lice Are Passed. If you are telling your kids not to share hairbrushes and leaving it at that…you are making a mistake. Props for at least addressing the subject, but there is so much more to it than that. Do you have teens who spend hours on a smartphone or small handheld devices? Maybe your daughter is the selfie queen of her high school? Are your young kids spending reading time at school on the same bean bag as three other students? Do you have kids in sports sharing equipment and lockers? These are all scenarios where kids need to be aware that head lice can be transferred. Direct head to contact and contact with an item that is contaminated are the top ways head lice are passed. Teach them to be careful.
Become Informed Yourself. Parents with kids at home should know what to look for if your child has head lice. Three weeks is usually the amount of time it will take for full symptoms to start showing. First, nits or lice eggs can become visible very near your child’s scalp. They will be clear in color and blend in with the hair. Each egg is laid with a glue-like secretion that sticks it to an individual hair strand, making it much more difficult to pull off than dandruff or dry skin. Secondly, your child will start to feel itchiness, irritation from fecal matter and saliva and red bite marks on the scalp. Thirdly, you may be able to see traces of head lice or nits on pillows or areas that touch their head. They may also be feeling tingling or tickling sensations on their scalp that will escalate at night time.
Check for Symptoms Often. It may seem over the top to check your child’s scalp for head lice every few weeks, but it will almost certainly be worth it if you catch the problem early on. Lice Clinics of America sell nitpicking combs that are excellent for sifting through your child’s hair and searching for clues of a head lice infestation. Checking often can also give you the chance to remind your kids to be cautious. Remind them to be careful about direct head to head contact and sharing items. Lice Clinics of America also offer head lice checks in your local clinic. The professional staff can help you know what to look for, and determine if you have a problem.
Don’t Think It Won’t Happen To You. Above all, remember that head lice can happen to anyone! It is something that affects clean hair, dirty hair, people from all walks of life. No matter how proactive you have been, there is still always the chance it could happen to you. Stay on top of head lice with these few tips and make the process much easier for you and your family. Lice Clinics of America is your best source for treatments and advice on head lice. Contact the clinic for further information or questions.
To ensure you properly eliminate a head lice infection it is important to take the right steps. Many people can feel overwhelmed at the thought of their family being infected with head lice. Your head can spin at the thought of, “What do I do now?” or “Is there anything I forgot?”
Take care to read through our head lice checklist. Properly walking through each step is the only way to thoroughly eliminate head lice from your home and your life. Remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that this year up to 12 million school-age children will contract head lice in the United States. That means that adults, elderly and teenagers living with these small children are also at a great risk for infection.
Head Lice Checklist: Take the Right Steps
Screen Every Member of Your Household.
Lice Clinics of America offer head lice screenings at your local clinic. These can provide you with an expert opinion on who has head lice and how bad the situation is. Remember, pets do not transfer head lice.
Treat Those With Symptoms.
Head lice can only effectively be killed if the active lice AND their nits, or eggs, are killed. Many over the counter shampoos and products do not accomplish this. Lice Clinics of America have several excellent options available to thoroughly kill head lice AND their nits. In clinic treatments are provided that can dehydrate the head lice and eggs in a single process. At home kits are also available that provide everything you need to be successful at killing head lice at home. The best part, we also offer expert advice. Our staff can help you determine which option is best for you and how to proceed.
Deep Clean All Hair Items.
Anything such as hair brushes, hair combs, hair towels, hair picks, hair clips or ties need to be thoroughly disinfected. There is no need to throw items away. Soaking them in bleach water for 30 minutes, rinsing them and drying them will be enough to kill any traces of head lice. Don’t forget items that are in purses, backpacks or lockers. These could also be infected.
Deep Clean Bedding and Clothing.
If your child has head lice anything that has come into close contact with their head or scalp could be harboring head lice or eggs. This is an easy way for them to become reinfected. Place any backpacks, winter coats, hats, bedding, pillows or other items in the washer. Wash in warm water. If not able to wash, place items in the dryer on a high heat setting for 30 minutes. Still not convinced? Place items in a plastic bag and seal up tightly for a few days to ensure all active lice and nits are suffocated. Head lice cannot survive for over 48 hours once they have left the comfort of their human host.
Even places that you may not think about such as area rugs, recliners, sofas, bean bags, etc could have traces of head lice. Get out your vacuum and get to work! Items such as leather sofas or car seats could be wiped down with a wet rag to dust away any traces of head lice.
Stay Vigilant About Checking Scalps.
The next few weeks it will be extremely important for you to continue to check for symptoms or signs of head lice. Staying on top of the problem is half the battle!
This is just another story of a family who endured head lice. Sharing my experience and what I learned from this trial helps me think that it was maybe worth going through.
We live in a small country town in Texas. My children attend school in a 2A division with only a couple hundred kids in each school. I have one daughter who is 15, a son who is 12, and a daughter who is 10.
My oldest daughter is a High School cheerleader. She loves being a part of the squad, attending football games and feeling like a part of the community through cheering. Part of the comradery of the cheerleaders is that they spend a lot of time together after football games, often spending the night at someone’s house altogether. It never occurred to me to talk to her about not sharing pillows, blankets or brushes at these parties. That was my first mistake.
After a few weeks of football last year I was braiding her hair for a game. I noticed a few white flecks that seemed to be a little different than dandruff, but I just shrugged it off and forgot about it. That was my second mistake. But, in my defense she hadn’t been complaining about itchiness, I saw no signs of head lice and so I actually thought it was residue from hairspray or something similar.
After another few weeks, I noticed a few more! This time they looked more suspicious to me and so I took some time to get a comb and thoroughly examine her scalp. She had head lice! I could see not only traces of nits, lice eggs that had been laid onto strands at the base of her scalp, but I actually found a few adult lice crawling around! I couldn’t believe it! How could this happen? I felt sick. She was so embarrassed. I promised her I wouldn’t tell anyone about it.
As most parents do, I felt overwhelmed. I sent my husband to the drug store where he bought a couple bottles of over the counter shampoo. We washed her hair multiple times in the sink and then applied the special shampoo and scrubbed it really well to hopefully kill all the head lice. Then after her hair was dry I combed through it again and peeled off as many of the nits or eggs that I could find. It seemed like the problem was under control and I knew I would just check again in a few days. This was my third mistake.
Little did I know that the products we washed her hair with are not only useless against some forms of head lice, but they don’t kill the eggs that I missed. It is almost impossible, like literally infuriating to go through a thick head of long hair like hers and try to pick out every single little egg. Obviously, I missed a few and the problem just came back!
I checked my other children for a few weeks, and just went ahead and washed their hair with the shampoo to make sure they were clean. This was my fourth mistake. They all three ended up with head lice. Now my problem had turned into an absolute nightmare. I had no idea what to do, I was losing my mind.
Finally, after talking to a friend on the cheerleading squad (it turns out several of the girls had contracted head lice) I found out about Lice Clinics of America. Their unique process of killing head lice in a one time 90-minutes process seemed too good to be true at first. Now, after having experienced it first hand I am a believer! I can’t imagine what we would’ve done if this cycle would’ve continued any longer. I am so grateful to have had their expertise and knowledge about how to actually get rid of the problem!
What I Learned:
Check ALL your children often for signs of head lice. Not just the young ones.
Talk to you kids about ALL the dangers of contracting head lice, not just hair brushes.
Don’t rely on over the counter shampoos that are not effective.
If you see suspicious white flakes, take a closer look. Ask for a head lice check from a pro if you are uncertain.
Don’t be afraid to talk to friends and parents about the situation. You never know if they are dealing with it also or can offer help!
Some parents feel so overwhelmed when they discover a child has head lice that they don’t where to start! Lice Clinics of America is an excellent resource for any parent who is dealing with the stress of head lice. We are often asked which options do we recommend for getting rid of the problem quickly and how long will it take to work?
Let us break down the different treatments to consider for eliminating head lice:
Treatment Option #1 – The AirAllé Device
The most recommended head lice treatment is theAirAllé device, a new procedure that has taken the industry by storm. This process takes just about 90-minutes, is done right in our Lice Clinic of America and has been proven to be over 99% effective in a single treatment.
Pros:Lice Clinics of America is proud to provide this amazing technology to our clients. If you are tired of dealing with head lice outbreaks, want to eliminate the problem once and for all, and need a quick solution – this is the right choice for you. It is done with a one-time payment and you can leave the clinic head lice free.
Cons: This procedure will only be 100% effective if you do your part to ensure your home and belongings are deep cleaned and free from traces of head lice or nits. Just as with any treatment, you need to be cautious about reinfection.
Treatment Option #2 – At Home Treatment Kit
Lice Clinics of America also offer at home treatment kits that provide you with effective shampoos, nitpicking combs, and everything you need to safely and thoroughly eliminate the problem at home.
Pros: These products use ingredients that are safe and effective against head lice and their eggs. They are easy to use, offer clear directions, are not too messy to apply and can be done within your own time frame at home.
Cons: Directions must be followed to ensure success. It requires patience and time. Reapplication is necessary for most products 10 days apart to be sure all lice and nits are eliminated.
Treatment Option #3 – Over the Counter Shampoos and Home Remedies
For years parents have relied on home remedies and over the counter shampoos from local drug stores to take care of a head lice infestation. All over the web, you can find remedies that people say have worked for them, but the truth is that there is just no evidence or scientific proof to back up their claims. We see parents every week who have gone this route and ended up with weeks of headache and stress, coming to us for real solutions.
Pros: Inexpensive, done at home.
Cons: Does not work. You will be left with nits on the scalp, adult lice that are not killed and continue to lay eggs on the scalp, and traces of head lice throughout your home. We do not recommend relying on these methods as you will most likely end up with an even worse head lice infestation after a few weeks.
It’s that time of year again when kids grab their new backpacks and join their friends for a new school year! As parents send their kids off with a hug and a lunchbox, many are not thinking that this could be the year their child brings home head lice. Yet, every August and September we see a significant increase in the number of head lice cases. Back to school is prime time for head lice, as children are once again around large groups of other children.
What Should Every Parent Be Aware of This Back to School?
-Head lice do not fly or jump. They are passed most often through direct head to head contact. Is your child finding a new buddy to wrestle with at recess, or share a book with on a bean bag? These types of encounters can easily pass on head lice from one child to the next.
-Head lice can survive off of a human host for up to 48 hours. This means that if your child is using a hat, hoodie, helmet, pillow or any item that has traces of head lice they can contract it if it is within that time frame.
-Children between the ages of 3-11 are the most at risk for head lice. Teen and preteens are also showing up in our clinics more often as super lice and social interactions are increasing their risk of infection. Any adults whose children are younger are also more likely to contract head lice.
-Due to the overuse of the active ingredient in most head lice shampoos, super lice are showing immunity to these products. This is causing head lice to be harder to kill and outbreaks to be more prevalent.
-Head lice do not show a preference for clean hair or dirty hair. Personal hygiene does not play a role in who is infected with head lice.
Signs and Symptoms to Be Aware Of
-Note that head lice symptoms can take up to three weeks to manifest after the initial infection.
-The first sign is most commonly redness, irritation, swelling on the scalp and itching.
-Traces of saliva and fecal matter from adult lice cause irritation and rashes on the scalp.
–Night time can be when head lice are more active, or just when your child is more aware of the feelings of crawling and moving on the scalp. This can cause trouble sleeping and discomfort.
-Nits or lice eggs are laid close to the scalp. They are attached to a single hair strand with a sticky substance that makes them difficult to remove. They will not fall off or flake like dandruff.
-Adult lice are difficult to spot as they are quick to move away from direct light. If spotted, they are the size of a sesame seed and light brown in color.
Remember, Lice Clinics of America is your local source for questions or concerns about head lice. Need help identifying head lice? We offer head lice checks and can help you evaluate your problem. We also offer in-clinic treatments that guarantee you will leave our office head lice free.
We know that dealing with a case of head lice is a major cause of stress. Especially, when you are the parent and responsible for getting rid of the problem. Here’s a little head’s up from Lice Clinics of America to you. There are items lingering around your home or in your child’s daily life you may not ever think to check for head lice or nits. A louse can survive for 48 hours after being separated from their human host. This means that if they find a new head of hair to invade during that time they will jump at the chance.
These six things could have lingering lice and need a deep cleaning. Double check to ensure your child is not reinfected!
#1 – Backpacks or Sports Bags
When a child participates in any number of recreational activities, it is common practice for items of all team members or participants to create a heaping pile of belongings on the floor as they get ready for practice. Whether that is hoodies, sweat towels, shoes, duffel bags, hats or any number of items, these piles of potentially head lice-ridden items could be infecting your child’s belongings as well. Make sure duffle bags or backpacks are thoroughly cleaned and any items that could have nits or head lice are heated thoroughly in a dryer or wiped clean with bleach water. Talk to your kid about keeping their belongings separated at practice and away from others items.
#2 – School Lockers
In today’s world of super lice and selfies, head lice are becoming a bigger problem among teens and preteens. If your child has a locker at school, shares a locker with someone or even a locker at home, ensure that all items are properly cleaned and head lice free. Small spaces like lockers are the perfect place for head lice to make their way onto your child’s belongings.
#3 – Towels
It is obvious that you would deep clean pillows, bedding sheets, and comforters when your child has head lice. But, did you think about bathroom towels that they are using to dry their hair with every night? The interwoven fabric of towels is an ideal place for head lice or nits to hide in. If a towel is reused by someone else in the home or the same child over and over, they may be reinfected.
#4 – Stuffed Animals
A recent study showed that when a child is feeling anxiety, one remedy is to reach for Mr. Stuffy. Kids love to sleep with stuffed animals to help them feel security and peace. If you have not gathered up all stuffed animals from your child’s room that they could have possibly infected with head lice, it would be a good idea to place them in a dryer on a high setting for 25 minutes.
#5 – Hoodies and Jackets
Just because an item doesn’t necessarily touch a child’s head, doesn’t mean it is free from head lice or nits. Items such as hoodies or jackets where lice could have fallen onto or brushed up against should also be deep cleaned. If these items cannot be washed, dry clean them or wipe them down with bleach water.
#6 – Headphone and Earbuds
Did you know that head lice are found most commonly around the crown of the head or behind the ears? For this reason, headphones or earbuds that are shared by multiple children, or teens are often an overlooked culprit for passing on head lice or nits. Make sure these items are properly cleaned and talk to your teen about not sharing items with friends.
Parents all over the country are learning the hard way that, YES! Head lice are an extremely common problem. In the event that your child contracts head lice, a million questions can run through your mind. How common is head lice? How did they get it? Who is at risk for catching it? Lice Clinics of America wants to help you through this challenge any way that we can.
Here is a list of information parents may not know when dealing with a case of head lice:
-Head lice are considered extremely common. The exact number of head lice cases cannot be known for sure, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 12 million children between the ages of 3 to 11 will contract head lice each year in the United States. That makes it a pretty common problem among elementary schools, daycares, church groups or anywhere that children dwell.
– Head lice are listed as one of the top three reasons children miss school. No-nit policies are changing across the country as schools begin to understand how head lice are transferred and the risks that nits actually pose. Check with your local district to make sure your child is not missing school unnecessarily.
–High Schools and Jr. Highs are reporting higher numbers of head lice outbreaks as well. Some experts think this could be because selfies are causing kids to come into closer proximity to one another more often. Others believe handheld electronic devices such as Ipads, cell phones or gaming devices are making kids spend more time sitting closely with their heads pressed together trying to view a small screen. Regardless, teens and preteens are showing more and more cases of head lice, so don’t think they are immune.
–Super lice are creating situations where parents do not know how to get rid of head lice. Over the counter treatments and home remedies are not working. This is causing the spreading of head lice to be more and more common as the problem is not alleviated in ways that it was in the past.
-Head lice are NOT considered dangerous but definitely considered an annoyance. They are not a public health risk.
-The most common way head lice are transferred is through direct head to head contact. Due to this fact, people living in the same household are also at risk of contracting head lice. Having every member of the family screened for head lice is a must in order to really tackle the problem.
–Pets do not carry head lice. Therefore, they do not have anything to do with the catching or spreading of head lice.
-Head lice will die after 48 hours if they lose their human host. Clean couches, bedding, clothing or anything that can be harboring head lice or nits to ensure they are not passed on.
–Back to school time, summer camp sessions, spring break vacations, and winter breaks are all times we see significant spikes in head lice outbreaks. Other scenarios also present a high risk for infection such as playing on a sports team, sleepovers, attending daycares, etc.
–Do NOT panic! Lice Clinics of America is your best source for solutions to your head lice problem. Call our clinic today to schedule a visit!
As head lice are becoming a more difficult problem to eliminate all across the country you may have heard a new term that you aren’t familiar with. A lice clinic is a place you can go to seek professional advice and treatments that work immediately in eliminating your head lice problem. We can offer a diagnosis, affordable and reliable solutions for your specific problem, and give you peace of mind that we back our treatments with a guarantee that your head lice problem will be eliminated.
Head lice have been developing immunities to over the counter shampoos and treatments over the years. This has left many parents at their wit’s end trying to deal with head lice on their own. Home treatments that require weeks of applications and home remedies that offer no real solutions are a thing of the past! Lice Clinics of America are your professional, affordable and stress-free solution for dealing with head lice. Lice Clinics of various names and treatments are popping up all over the world in places like Australia, England, Spain, Denmark and the United States. This is because people are starting to turn to lice clinics to deal with the stress of head lice.
How is Lice Clinics of America different?
Lice Clinics of America offer our clients a revolutionary, state of the art head lice treatment that is guaranteed to leave you head lice free in a single treatment. The AirAllé® system is an FDA cleared medical device that uses modern technology to dehydrate head lice AND their eggs in a 90 minutes process that will leave you head lice free. Our knowledgeable staff can help you determine the extent of your specific problem and which treatment solution will be most affordable and effective for your families needs.
We understand that each situation, each head of hair and scenario is unique and needs to be treated specifically to your needs. We will listen to your concerns, eliminate your fears and help you understand the best way to solve your head lice problem.
Our Staff of Professionals Is Here to Comfort You
One of the best parts of our job is the passion we feel about helping people. We are not passionate about head lice, but about helping families to eliminate the headache of head lice from their lives. We have helped thousands of people, just like you to become head lice free. We offer an environment where you can feel at peace, knowing you are not alone. We know that anyone can catch head lice and no one will make you feel embarrassed or ashamed to be dealing with this common problem. We will work discreetly and quickly to help you end your head lice problem in the most affordable and viable way for your family.
There are a few common reasons that people continue to be plagued with head lice in their home. Are you one of those parents who has worked tirelessly with home remedies, over the counter shampoos, deep cleaning your home and nitpicking your child’s head only to realize a few weeks later – the problem has returned?! Here are some of the facts about head lice and why these methods just aren’t foolproof.
-Kids are most likely to get head lice, but parents can catch it, too! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teach us that children between the ages of 3-10 are the most common victims of head lice. Why? Head lice are passed most often through direct head to head contact. Children at preschool, kindergartens, elementary schools or just living and playing amongst other children are more likely to have direct head to head contact and pass along head lice. That can mean that they bring it home and give it to mom and dad as well! If you have not checked EVERY member of your household for head lice, you are likely going to continue to have a problem. Our clinic offers head lice checks if you are unsure what to look for.
-Home remedies are NOT an effective, proven method against head lice and their eggs. Many mothers and fathers will go for the inexpensive, non-chemical methods such as essential oils, mayonnaise, vaseline or several other online ideas they can pick up from blogs. Unfortunately, these methods will do little in actually killing active head lice and especially their unhatched eggs from hatching in 7-9 days. Even if the suffocation methods kill the adults, in a few days time you will have a whole new generation of head lice pop up. These methods can also be dangerous, such a kerosene, or using plastic wrap on your child’s head. We do NOT recommend such ways to eliminate head lice and hope you will steer clear of these old wives tales.
-Drugstore treatments have an active ingredient, pyrethrin, that does NOT kill head lice anymore. Over the years the overuse of these products has resulted in a new generation of head lice that show strong immunities to them. In fact, people often use the product more often than recommended on the bottle in a desperate attempt to get rid of their head lice problem. This has resulted in lice shampoo burning children’s eyes causing irritation, tearing, scratches to the eye and even blurry vision. When it is inhaled it can cause damage resulting in a runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.
What can you do?
The most effective, proven treatment method against head lice is the AirAllé® medical device. This is an FDA-cleared head lice treatment that targets head lice AND their eggs using a dehydration method to kill active lice and prevent eggs from hatching. This process takes about 90 minutes and is painless and truly impactful. Lice Clinics of America has successfully helped hundreds of thousands of people eliminate their head lice worries in a single application. Our expert staff can perform head lice checks for your whole family, give you proper treatment advice and help you end the head lice nightmare. Call us today!
Every parent can agree that there are moments we wish we could go back and have a do-over. Maybe we blurted out something we didn’t really mean in a moment of stress or lost our cool over something really small and unimportant. We have all be there. At Lice Clinics of America, we understand that learning your kid has head lice can definitely be one of those moments.
Our advice, take a moment to breathe, arm yourself with good information, and proceed with patience. Parents – you got this! Lice Clinics of America is here for you.
“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” Peggy O’Mara reminds us. Now is the perfect time for you as a parent to recommit to using positive language and building trust with your child.
With that said, here are a few things that every normal parent may have popped into their mind when just learning their kid is harboring head lice. We recommend avoiding them at all costs:
“Who have you been playing with? Those kids are so dirty!”
“Yuck! Please don’t hug me. I don’t want to catch it!”
“It’s so gross! So Creepy!”
“How could this happen, haven’t you been careful? Have you been showering?”
“Oh no, now I have to tell all your friends and neighbors that you have head lice!”
Here are a few things to remember to help you avoid the negative commentary:
#1- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that between 6 to 12 million children will pass along head lice every year in the United States. That’s a lot of kids dealing with this issue. And, that number is only on the rise. The new generation of “super lice” that are showing immunities to pyrethrum, the active ingredient in over the counter shampoos are making head lice rampant in some parts of the country. So, rest assured. You are not alone in this problem.
#2 – Shampooing and bathing alone do NOT kill head lice or nits. Contrary to popular belief, getting head lice does not mean that someone is dirty or unkempt. In fact, head lice have no preference over clean or dirty hair. A host is a host to them. Also, head lice are able to survive for several hours underwater. This is why water and shampoo do not kill them.
#3 – When your child contracts head lice it is very courteous to let close friends parents know, teachers and possibly coaches or other adults who might be able to help make sure it is not becoming a huge problem in the community. However, it is not something that every child needs to know. Keeping it as discreet as possible by communicating with trusted adults is the best approach. Kids can get as embarrassed and hurt by gossip or rumors as adults. Sometimes even much worse than adults. Keep in mind their feelings and proceed with discretion.
#4 – Children look to their parents for safety and security. You are their anchor. Remember to be the adult, use your words carefully and try to keep a positive and uplifting attitude in this difficult situation. Use it as an opportunity to build trust between you and your child. They will start to believe you can help them through any tough situation in life.
#5 – Lice Clinics of America is the most reliable source for diagnosing head lice, removing head lice and keeping your home head lice free. Call our offices today with any questions or concerns you may be feeling. We understand. We are here to help you!