The last few years have been significant for the head lice industry. Lice Clinics of America has been instrumental in helping hundreds of thousands of people deal with head lice in their cities. Recently, many clinics have evaluated their treatments and lice incidents from the past years and determined this year there is a significant increase in the head lice cases being treated. On average, about a 30% increase in head lice across the United States.
Across the country, many areas are reporting even larger spikes in head lice outbreaks. In March of this year, the San Francisco Bay area reported that they are seeing significant increases in head lice. Washington state and Texas are showing dramatic increases, up to 80% more head lice reported than in years past in portions of the state.
How Are Head Lice Spreading So Rampantly?
The head lice we are currently dealing with are not the head lice of past generations. What does that mean? Parents for the past decades have relied on store-bought shampoos and powders to eliminate head lice. They didn’t really take the time to understand how to safely eliminate head lice and nits without harsh chemicals and substances. As a result, the active ingredient in these products, pyrethrum, has become obsolete as head lice have developed a strong immunity to it over the decades.
Over the Counter Shampoos Do Not Kill Super Lice
After forty years of misusing head lice shampoos and overusing head lice shampoos, we are now seeing the devastating consequences. Head lice are more resilient, much more difficult to kill, and more people are clueless as to how to get rid of the problem.
When more parents are failing at eliminating head lice, more children are contracting it. Schools are reporting significant increases in head lice cases. While at the same time, school districts are becoming much more lax about no-nit policies in school. Therefore, children of school age are much more prone to catching head lice and passing those head lice on to the adults living in their household.
What Is To Be Done?
“If you have school-age children in a region where lice infestations have been reported, it’s important to take some immediate steps to either prevent your children from being infested or properly treat and kill the lice before they spread to others in your family and social group,” said Dr. Krista Lauer, medical director of Lice Clinics of America.
She offers these steps to ensure your children are head lice free:
Inspect your child’s head at home, especially if your child has an itchy scalp. Look for eggs, nymphs and adult lice. One adult louse can lay about 100 eggs during her life span. That’s a lot of new lice.
Call the parents of your child’s friends and have them check for head lice, remembering that earlier intervention can help to reduce the infestation level.
If you see lice—or if you are unsure whether you have lice—visit a professional lice treatment center.
Remember, traditional over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides that are no longer effective. Lice have evolved into “super lice” and have developed resistance to those pesticides. Find a treatment that is safe and effective. Lice Clinics of America has many from which to choose.
Be safe this season by starting your child on a lice prevention regimen using trusted lice prevention products such as shampoos, conditioners, sprays and hair bands that will help to keep lice away from your child’s scalp.
This Halloween we see scary things all around us! We are not talking about being deathly afraid of clowns or jumping at the sight of a spider. In the United States, parents suffer from many types of realistic fears for their children. Some of the most common fears include kidnapping, bullying, physical harm or disease.
Did you know that the fear of head lice is a real phobia for some anxiety-prone parents or children?
What Exactly is This Phobia and How Does it Affect Someone?
Pediculophobia is the fear of lice. Head lice, body lice or pubic lice all fall into this category. All types of lice are small, parasite animals that live off of human blood. Their whole existence depends on the availability of a human source to provide food, shelter, and warmth.
This specific phobia’s name is thought to have originated from the word pediculo, which is a Latin for lice. It can be caused by many things, like traumatic events or early childhood drama. Did you suffer a horrible case of head lice as a child? Did you face ridicule from peers because of it? Maybe you were scared by an event that involved insects or head lice in particular. Any or all of these could cause unrealistic fears to take over in someone’s mind.
How Do I Know if It’s a Phobia or a Normal Worry?
Any person will tell you that the thought of head lice will make them feel a pit in their stomach, their heads feel a little itchy, and an instant worry can set in. Thoughts can begin to race in their minds, “What would I do if my kid had head lice? How can I be sure they don’t have it?”
This is all normal and justified fear, especially if you have children between the ages of 3-10. The CDC indicates in the U.S. that up to 12 million children between these ages will become infected with head lice this year alone. That is not beginning to account for the rise in the number of tweens and teens who are contracting head lice each year.
However, if the fear of head lice is causing you extreme anxiety you could be dealing with a phobia. Some large indicators include panic attacks, heart arrhythmia, severe sweating, inability to speak or stop shaking. Some people suffering from this phobia will literally become nauseous and physically ill at the thought of a lice break out. Is this you? If so, there are available treatments to help you overcome your fears.
How Can I Deal with this Phobia or Fear of Head Lice?
Experts at Lice Clinics of America, Texas are your BEST source for getting rid of head lice on the scalp. Whether you are suffering from a real phobia or just clueless about what steps to take like most parents, we can end your head lice nightmare! Give us a call today to speak with a knowledgeable staff member about our most effective approach in eliminating head lice for good.
Head lice can come as a shock to parents who just don’t ever think it could happen to their kids! The reality is, head lice happens to all types of people. Regardless of social status, ethnicity, financial background or hygiene. The best thing to do when dealing with the shock of head lice is to face FACTS!
Reality #1 – Head Lice Effect All Types of People
When scientists study which type of hair head lice are more drawn to, they have actually found head lice have no preference as to the cleanliness of someone’s hair. That means the age-old stigma that only dirty people get head lice is completely FALSE. Check out this study published with ABC Health and Wellbeing detailing the results of years of study about head lice.
The only people who are safe from head lice are those with no hair, or bald! They are spread most commonly through direct head to head contact. They need hair strands to attach to and lay their eggs. They live off the blood supply from a human host.
Reality #2 – Your Kid Has Had Head Lice for a While
The first symptom of head lice is itching. The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva or fecal matter. It often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start, which would lead to you starting to notice symptoms. Often the initial itching is just overlooked as dry skin. Head lice breed and reproduce at a fast rate. With a life span of only 30 days, adult lice need to grow and mature before you really start to notice significant symptoms. That is why frequent scalp screenings are the best way to avoid an outbreak.
Reality #3 – Head Checks Are The Best Way To Detect Lice
The sooner you find lice, the sooner you can get rid of them. The longer your child has head lice, the higher the chance of your other household members getting head lice. Even adults or the elderly would be at risk. Not to mention your child’s circle of friends and classmates. Nobody wants to be the reason for a lice outbreak at school. The only way to catch lice early on is to perform regular head checks on your children. We can show you the best ways to catch head lice early in our clinic.
4. We Offer The Best Lice Treatment Around
We offer the most up to date and effective lice treatments on the market. If you haven’t heard, our clinic is home to the revolutionary and FDA-cleared AirAllé device which blows controlled heat to dehydrate lice and their nits. It’s safe, fast and over 99% effective. We also offer head lice screenings! We can show you the proper nit-picking tools and techniques so that you can check your own children at home. This goes a long way in prevention and peace of mind.
Now you know a little bit more about head lice. Call Lice Clinics of America if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment!
Parenting comes with moments that can be frightening. Talking to your kids about sensitive subjects is one of them. Head lice are not fun for anyone. People who get infected with head lice are often ashamed, embarrassed and feel gross. That begs the question, how do you talk to your child about head lice without making them feel bad, dirty or disgusting?
Our Best Advice – Do Not Overreact
We get it! Head lice are super gross. What’s more revolting than a creepy, blood-sucking bug? Lots of creepy, blood-sucking bugs on the scalp of your precious, little child! It is easy to be disgusted and have a moment of panic. As parents, it is important to stay calm. If you are visibly upset than image how much more anxious your child will feel.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind: head lice just happens. In fact, head lice often prefer clean hair to dirty hair. There is absolutely no correlation between hygiene and contracting head lice. With that being said, hygiene does help eliminate head lice but initially doesn’t play a role in who is passed head lice.
Avoid Responses Like:
“Who have you been playing with? Those kids always look dirty!”
“Yuck! Please don’t hug me. I don’t want to catch it!”
“Ugh! It’s so gross! There’s so many!!”
“How could this happen? Have you been washing your hair?”
What Should I Do When I Realize My Kid Has Head Lice?
–Take a few moments to gather your thoughts if needed. Remember, you are the grown up! If you are regularly checking your child’s scalp for head lice, this will not be such a shock for you. If you haven’t been screening them and you suddenly just realize they have a head full of lice this can be cause for alarm!
–Arm yourself with accurate information. Lice Clinics of America is an excellent source for you to contact. Learn about how head lice are contracted, how to eliminate them and prevent them.
-Proceed with patience. Keeping your cool and remaining positive is the best approach for your child.
#2 – When your child contracts head lice it is common courtesy to let their close friends parents know, their teacher and school nurse. This does not mean it needs to be shouted from the rooftops. Discretion is important. It is appropriate to ask others to use discretion as well.
#3 – Children look to their parents for safety and security. You are there to offer support and solutions. Not to make them feel worse. Be their safety net and this could end up helping build trust in your relationship.
#4 – Lice Clinics of America is most trusted resource for helping you eliminate head lice from your life. We offer the latest, most reliable treatments that prove to be over 99% effective with a single treatment. Trust our professional team!
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!
Summer is finally here! Swimming pools, ice cream cones, and lemonade stands are in full swing! Kids are super excited to attend summer camps with their sports teams, bands, church groups or friends that share similar interests.
Did You Know?
Summer camps are an $18 billion a year industry. What better way to help your kids cultivate interests, develop skills or make new friends than sending them to a fun summer camp?
According to summer camp resources, more than 14,000-day camps are running across the United States every day. Half that many provide overnight experiences for kids. This provides hours of fun for over 14 million kids every summer! What does that mean for head lice?
Summer Camp Head Lice Outbreaks
Warm, humid environments with lots of children close together equals head lice. Lice Clinics of America has the opportunity to help. We provide head lice checks for several summer camps in the local area. By doing this, we can screen kids on the first day of camp and supply camp administration with proper treatment in case a head lice infestation is found.
If your camp does not provide screening, send your child equipped with knowledge. Most kids won’t give head lice a single thought. Talk to your child about sharing pillows, blankets, hats or even jackets with other children. Make sure they know to use their own hairbrushes and accessories.
Most often though, head lice are passed on through direct head to head contact. Which, honesty is almost impossible to prevent between close friends at summer camp. With that being said, check your child before and after camp to ensure they don’t bring home any unwanted stragglers. Not sure what to look for? Bring them into our Lice Clinics of America for a head lice check.
Camp Policy and Procedures
Before you send junior off to summer camp, contact the adults in charge and ask about head lice policies. Will they be performing head lice screenings? Is there an on-site nurse who is aware of symptoms and signs? If they do not have a plan set up, suggest screening and treatments being provided for those needing them. Stopping the problem from the get-go is the best way to prevent an outbreak.
Have Questions? Please contact Lice Clinics of America today! We are here to help you.
If you are struggling with a head lice problem in your home or family it’s about time you sought professional, reliable help.
We are Lice Clinics of America, the world’s largest group of professional head lice treatment clinics. Our network of head lice treatment centers has helped over 500,000 head lice victims to become head lice free.
With over 200 locations in the United States, anywhere you are you can bet our professional team will be close by to help. Whether at home here in Texas or traveling for the summer with your family, chances are a head lice outbreak won’t have to stop your summer fun. As long as you contact a clinic and deal with the problem effectively.
Why Lice Clinics of America?
Lice Clinics of America offer the latest, safest treatment to remove head lice in a single, one-hour application. The AirAlle FDA-cleared heated air device works to remove 99.9% of head lice and their eggs, without the use of harsh toxins or chemicals. This process is driven by the use of hot air to dehydrate and destroy lice and eggs. Lice Clinics of America and our new technology is proving much more effective than over the counter shampoos and powders that people have been using for years. Our products simply work faster, better and more safely.
Head lice are nothing to ignore. Symptoms and signs can take up to three weeks to occur. By that time, the average child will have 15-20 adult head lice on their scalp and the problem will escalate quickly.
Lice Clinics of America is your best source for head lice checks as well! We will help look for head lice, eggs, and symptoms to be able to diagnose if you indeed have a problem. We will also offer advice on best ways to prevent head lice in the future, clean your home properly to prevent spreading of head lice.
Lice Clinics of America Offer Head Lice Screening for the Whole Family
We also highly recommend having every member of the household screened for head lice. Often times parents neglect to check elderly grandparents, younger children, teens or even themselves for head lice! Anyone, at any age, is susceptible and should be screened. In fact, if you are living with a child between the ages of 3-10, it is much more likely that you will catch head lice than other adults. Not screening the entire household can result in a continuous cycle of the problem.
Lice Clinics of America treatment centers offer appointments with professional head lice specialists any time you need us! Often even in the evening or weekdays.
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Contact our office today to screen your family! Your head lice problem stop with Lice Clinics of America.
Head lice are human parasites that feed on small amounts of blood from a human host. Lice have six small legs with claws on the tip that make them experts at attaching to hair strands and making their way around a head of hair.
Although it is always possible to catch head lice, even in the winter months, head lice do seem to spike during the warmest months of the year. But why? Most likely because children are spending more close time together. Summer camps, family trips, sports camps or any other activities that bring kids together can mean more head lice outbreaks.
Head lice also thrive in human climates. They prefer moist, damp environments which are usually around the base of the head where the neck meets the hairline. Summertime sweating can create a welcoming environment for head lice on anyone’s scalp.
Searches for head lice or head lice treatment are up about 25% in the summer months versus winter months. For this reason, it’s always a good idea, no matter what the weather is doing, to remember what to watch for!
-Talk to summer camps or sports camps about how they are dealing with possible head lice infestations. Often time, no one even thinks of the possibility before hosting a camp. Contact the counselor in charge and suggest possible head lice checks in the camp that could do a lot to prevent spreading. Lice Clinics of America offers head lice checks for local camps.
-Talk to your kids about not sharing pillows, blankets, hats, hairbrushes, or any other items with cousins, friends, or teammates that could give them head lice. The average person who has head lice has 10-15 adult lice on their scalp. Female head lice lay about 10 eggs per day. You can see how quickly the problem can escalate! Nits are often transferred from person to person from these personal items. When in doubt, machine wash items in hot water to ensure all nits or head lice are removed. Thoroughly vacuum and disinfect items or carpets as well to remove traces of nits or head lice.
-Make sure your children are protected by nitpicking through their hair and watching for signs of head lice. This means running a comb through their hair strands and watching for nits, rashes, or bite marks. The fecal matter from head lice can cause allergic reactions on the scalp. The rashes and irritation you are seeing is a result of that and the saliva from bite marks, as well.
-Stay vigilant as a parent. Some kids have trouble sleeping due to itchy scalp or the sensation of head lice crawling during the night, as they are more active during the night. Others might just start scratching incessantly. Sometimes it’s hard to catch head lice before it becomes a big problem. Keep a watchful eye for early signs.
-Contact Lice Clinics of America if you have any questions or concerns about head lice. We offer head lice checks to show you what symptoms to look for and how to nitpick properly. We also offer the latest, most effective head lice removal treatments available on the market.
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