The only thing worse than knowing your kid has head lice is worrying about telling other parents the truth to be sure their kids are not infected as well. Our advice, grit your teeth and get it done! Parents of your children’s friends and teammates will most often be more supportive than anything. Chances are, you are not the only family in your circle of friends, classmates or teammates that are dealing with head lice.
Should I Break the Head Lice News to Other Parents?
Think about what you would prefer someone to do if the roles were reversed? If a child in your circle of friends was dealing with a head lice infection, wouldn’t you want to be privy to that information? This is not about who is better, cleaner, or more socially accepted than others. This is about the health and safety of our families. Of course, we should always keep our kids in mind and make sure to do this in a kind, non-threatening way so that they are not taunted or bullied. Keeping it as tight-lipped as possible is important, we are not saying information like this should be posted on social media or broadcast to the entire school, necessarily.
Head Lice Is Significantly Easier To Stop Early On
The best thing you can do – don’t hesitate! Come up with a script or a few ideas on what you can say to break up any possible tension, and go for it. Head lice can take up to four weeks to manifest symptoms. That means that children who are frequently together at classes, team meetings, playgroups, or even just as friends have a higher chance of passing on head lice to those friends without even knowing they have head lice. The sooner you let other parents know of your situation, the more easily they will be able to cure head lice in their child. Who knows? Maybe your child caught it from theirs, and they were too embarrassed to tell anyone. Communication is essential to stopping head lice in your area.
Head Lice Does Not Make You Dirty or Gross
The truth is actually just the opposite. Head lice are more drawn to clean hair because they are more easily able to grasp the strands. Head lice is the second most common communicable disease in elementary school-age children. This is a common problem that can affect anyone. Any mature, caring adult can understand that.
Be Empowered With Information
Before you venture into the conversation with other parents, arm yourself with the facts about head lice. Lice Clinics of America has valuable information on our website available to you so that you understand exactly what you are dealing with and the best ways to prevent and cure it. Share this information with other parents and save them the headache and stress of not knowing!
Send a Letter, Email or Group Message Anonymously Through the Teacher, Leader, or Coach
Some parents may not feel comfortable speaking to other parents. Whether that is the case or you just don’t have the time, a common trend is for letters to be sent out through email or with coaches/teachers of groups. This way the parents/child dealing with head lice can still be left anonymous if they choose, and everyone is equally informed of the information they need to prevent lice in their homes.
Call Lice Clinics of America today, where we can answer any questions you may have, help keep you informed and offer the support you need during this stressful situation.
Love is in the air this month as we think about all the people who mean the most to us. We are proud to say that many patients from our clinics have nothing but LOVE for us! We appreciate our customers so much! We LOVE our community and the people we serve!
Here’s what parents are LOVING about Lice Clinics of America:
-Appointments Available When You Need Them
We offer quick appointments to help you get to a faster solution. When it comes to head lice, many people struggle for weeks or months trying to solve the problem on their own. After trying nitpicking with a comb, over the counter shampoos, or cleaning the home for several weeks…parents are left with a reoccurring and seemingly endless head lice problem!
We can get you in quickly, and help you eliminate head lice FAST – even on the same day! Our FDA cleared, AirAllé®head lice removal technology allows us to kill all head lice and their eggs in a single 90-minute session. This involves a comfortable application of dry air that desiccates head lice and their nits.
Guaranteed head lice free in 90 minutes?! Parents are LOVING that option!
-Three Convenient Locations
You will find our Lice Clinics of America locations in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston to serve you! We are easy to find and right around the corner to supply you with the best, most up to date and effective lice treatment options available on the market today.
-Friendly, Caring and Dedicated Staff
So many parents walk away from our Lice Clinics of America relieved that they got the help they needed without feeling judged or put down! There is no reason to feel bad for having head lice! We get it! Head lice happens to the best of us! No one on our staff is here to criticize you or the situation. We are here to support you through it and eliminate your head lice problem for good!
Our technicians are all trained to spot head lice and nits, apply the best treatment option to end your specific problem and help you understand tips and tricks to avoid head lice in the future. Dedicated to you and knowledgeable, what more could you ask for in a Lice Clinic?
-No More Head Lice!
Lice Clinics of America Texas guarantees our full-service AirAllé® treatment! We are so confident that our treatment works and lasts that if you notice head lice or nits again within 6 weeks of receiving your treatment, we will treat you again for FREE!
Everyone seems to have busy schedules, too much to do and too little time to do it these days. With working busy jobs, raising children with their own schedules and juggling family time as well, a bad case of head lice in your home can seem almost unbearable to manage.
Take a deep breath, sit back and remember, you are not in this alone. Here at Lice Clinics of America Texas, we want you to know these five important points.
5 Reasons Head Lice Shouldn’t Get You Down
#1 – Head Lice Are a Nuisance, Not a Public Health Hazard.
Head lice are a problem and a bother, but no one is seriously in danger. Although in rare cases, infection and problems can occur from untreated irritations on the scalp, if you are working to correct the problem the likelihood of that happening is incredibly low.
Head lice are not known to transmit any disease and therefore are not considered a health hazard. Symptoms will occur with 4 to 6 weeks of the initial infection. Most often the worst thing that comes from head lice is irritated, red sores on the scalp from bites and scratching. Yes, you definitely need to treat head lice. But no, no one is in serious harm.
#2 – Head Lice is Very Common. You Are Not Alone.
Every year in the United States alone up to 12 million children will get head lice. That number is on the rise for all kids, including teens. Why? New super lice are showing strong immunities to over the counter treatments. This is increasing cases of head lice in elementary schools, middle schools, and even high schools. Teens sharing electronic devices and catching head lice from younger siblings is something we are seeing more and more as well.
#3 – Head Lice is a Right of Passage.
Head lice do not mean that you are dirty or gross. Science has proven that head lice are no respecter of persons and like dirty or clean hair alike. In fact, some studies have shown they actually prefer clean hair in certain scenarios because it is easier to claw their way around from strand to strand. Regardless, it is no indication of your social status or hygiene habits.
Getting a case of head lice is a problem that builds character, helps keep us grounded, and reminds us that we are all really the same. Vulnerable, susceptible, human beings who need each other. No one is better than anyone else. No one is more important than anyone else. We are all here, experiencing life and learning from these daily lessons. A child or household that catches head lice has to learn how to face this challenge head-on, quite literally.
#4 – School Policies Are Changing
Many schools are changing their tune after the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just updated their guidelines, saying that kids with lice should not be banned from school. Instead, they have suggested that children showing mild symptoms or nits should be allowed to attend school, notify parents that they require treatment during the evening, and they are allowed back into school as soon as the next day.
Although this does raise some eyebrows, and some people are contesting it, many people actually believe this is an improvement. Children do not need to feel banished from their classmates any longer. They don’t need to miss extensive days of school and be publically called out for having head lice. As long as the parents are actively trying to eliminate it, they do not pose a huge threat to classmates.
#5 – Lice Clinics of America is Your BEST resource
Never before have generations of parents had Lice Clinics of America at their disposal when dealing with head lice in their family. We not only offer the most up to date FDA approved treatments, but we provide a support system for you like no other place available. We know what you are dealing with! We have solutions to your head lice concerns! We deal with head lice on a daily basis and can be here for you during this stressful scenario!
Call Lice Clinics of America today to speak with a staff member about your individual situation. We offer in-clinic treatments, effective at-home solutions and preventative methods to keep your home head lice free.
Parents all over the country are hearing rumors of super lice sweeping across schools. Reports of head lice that are showing strong immunities to treatment, aka super lice, have been reported in every state across the country. Many parents are concerned about the coming year. Are super lice still a problem in 2020?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 12 million children between the ages of 3-11 will be inflicted with head lice this year in the United States. Due to super lice, that number is clearly on the rise from previous years. What do you need to know about keeping your child safe from super lice? Take a look at our suggestions for keeping your kid head lice free.
Perform Regular Scalp Checks on your Children.
It can be tricky to catch head lice early on, but checking regularly for symptoms is the best way to ensure you catch head lice before it spreads throughout your household. Nit combs are an awesome resource for looking through your child’s hair for head lice. Nit combs are available to purchase at any Lice Clinics of America location or online through many other stores.
Start by getting a warm bowl of water, a nit comb, and a white towel or paper towel. Go through your child’s scalp looking for symptoms of head lice or nits. Use the nit comb to sweep through a section of hair, wipe the contents from the comb onto the white towel so they are more clearly visible, and then rinse the comb off in the bowl. Keep in mind that head lice most often stay near the nape of the neck, behind the ears or at the crown of the head.
Clear indications of head lice include sesame seed-sized adult lice, nits or lice eggs, red rashes, bite marks or irritations on the scalp.
Talk to Your Kids About Not Catching Head Lice.
Kids are never going to stop and think about the dangers of head lice on their own. They are only concerned with friends and fun! As a parent, take the time to remind children of the possibility of head lice. Teach children that head lice are spread most often through direct head to head contact. However, they can also be passed along through clothing or shared items: hats, hoodies, helmets, towels, blankets, pillows, earbuds, etc. Try to help young teens understand that when they are using handheld electronic devices they should be cautious to not push heads together with other friends who are also viewing the screen.
Get Informed About the Facts.
Contact school nurses or administration to ask questions. Information is power. If you are aware that an outbreak is occurring in your child’s school you will be ahead of the game. Talk to other parents, talk to teachers, be sure to keep in the loop.
Keep Kid’s School Gear Lice-Free.
Take your child’s backpack, winter hats, gloves, scarves, coats, and any other articles they take to school regularly sanitize them weekly. This could be done by simply washing items in a washing machine. This could also be done in a hot dryer for 20 minutes to kill any possible nits or head lice infecting items.
Contact Lice Clinics of America
Any of our local clinics are here to assist you through this stressful time. We can help you perform a head lice scalp check. We can offer the top of the line preventative treatments and options for your family. We are also here to answer any questions you may have about head lice treatment or head lice in our area. Please call Lice Clinics of America today!
Whether you have dealt with head lice before or this is your first go-around, knowing where to start can seem like a daunting task. For centuries people have used wild and creative methods to eliminate head lice. Ever seen a Pharoah or Egyptian goddess with their stylish jewels and large gold headpieces? Most likely these were ways to distract from the fact that most Egyptians had shaved heads to help ward off head lice. Notice how most Medieval Times features fur coats, jackets or vests? During this era, it was believed that head lice would prefer the warmth and comfort of animal fur and move from their human victim onto the fur pieces. It may sound crazy to us, yet there are all types of modern-day head lice remedies that seem just as strange.
Garlic is for Repelling Vampires, but What About Head Lice?
Some parents in the UK swear that adding a special mixture of ingredients, mainly garlic and lime juice to everyday shampoos will kill head lice.
THE PROBLEM: Obviously garlic in large amounts, this recipe calls for 10 cloves, produces a putrid smell. Can you imagine putting that in your hair for thirty minutes at a time? Not to mention, they suggest repeating the process every week for TWO months. Yikes. That is a recipe for an aroma disaster my friends…not a truly effective head lice remedy.
Mayonaisse or Vaseline? You Probably Have Both Laying Around Your Home
This particular home remedy is a common one. People believe that if they apply enough mayo or vaseline to the scalp, then proceed to cover it in plastic overnight that the head lice will suffocate. This could be partly true, however, incredibly ineffective and potentially dangerous.
THE PROBLEM: Depending on how young the child may be, we NEVER recommend putting plastic on your child’s head, especially overnight. This could lead to suffocating the child. Also, head lice can hold their breath for up to 8 hours. And, this method is not effective at all in killing nits, or lice eggs. So ultimately, it would need to be repeated every 7-10 days to kill head lice that were newly hatched, if it does kill them at all. Our suggestion, save the mayo for your next backyard BBQ with the neighbors.
Hair Straighteners, Hair Dryers, and Hair Trimmers, Oh My!
According to some sources, one out of four parents admits to using a hair straighter to attempt burning head lice out of their child’s scalp. The image of that is disturbing, although we do understand the desperation that parents have probably reached by that point. Others say that keeping a hot hairdryer on the scalp for an extended period of time has been their go-to when nothing else seemed to work. Others, yes about 50% of parents, admit that they have considered shaving the child’s head to finally be rid of head lice.
THE PROBLEM: First of all, beauty tools such as curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers were never designed as head lice removal tools. These instruments are designed to reach up to 365 – 400 degrees! Imagine the severe damage that could be done to a child’s scalp when these devices are used improperly. Especially, if left on for significant periods attempting to burn out head lice or nits. Consider also, no child thinks of having head lice as a pleasant experience. To shave their head or chop off their hair would only add to the humiliation and harshness of their problem.
Lice Clinics of America offers REAL solutions, with our FDA approved, safe, effective, and reliable AirAllé treatment device. This process is science in action, leaving behind the mess, worry, and uncertainty if your treatments are even working. Leave this problem to the professionals who have eliminated head lice for thousands of people, just like you! Call Lice Clinics of America Texas to get the help you need.
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!