Part of being a kid is curiosity. Children of all ages experience head lice infestations. Many of them may not have any idea what head lice is, how it is spread, or how they are going to get rid of it. Children often can become stressed and worry – are they dirty, are they gross, should they keep it a secret, do head lice hurt me?
These are all real questions that children experience. One amazing way to help them find answers and relieve some of that tension is to read about it! There are several fun, humorous and light-hearted books on the market that deal with the head lice topic. Based on your child’s age and needs here are a few to consider!
This is a series of books that dives right into the topics of scary, spooky and disgusting creatures that most kids might find fascinating to learn about. Bats, slugs, toads, spiders to name a few. And yes – even head lice!
Kids can learn interesting facts, weird realities and even silly scenarios that will help them understand head lice and laugh at the same time. This is great book for kids with an imagination and a funny bone.
Recommended Ages 4-8 years old, PreK-3 grade level
Another book that is sure to offer some comedic relief to the situation, this story deals with facts about head lice in the most unusual ways. A louse appearing with his suitcase and a mother ready to fight back with battle-tested lice weapons, this story shows kids this a problem they can solve!
Your child will soon be laughing and learning that they are certainly not the only child to have had a head full of lice.
Horrid Henry is a common name among most elementary school-age children. The stories of this nasty boy going through school and home with normal life problems and situations to deal with have become popular and loved by many teachers and students. Although this story does not accurately portray what a normal head lice situation would be like in real life, it is a fun twist for kids to realize that all kids, even Horrid Henry, are susceptible to head lice. No doubt you might have to talk to your kid about the realities of head lice, but offering some laughter to deal with their emotions can be nothing but positive.
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.
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 Texas to get the help you need.
Do you have a child who has been dealing with head lice? Are you worried you could possibly have caught head lice as well, but are feeling a little hesitant to ask someone to look for you? Remember, head lice are not a sign of poverty, poor hygiene, or a messy person. Head lice are simply a part of life and have been for centuries. In fact, if you live in a household with children between the ages of 3-10 you are much more likely to be exposed to head lice than other adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children these ages are the most likely to bring home head lice. Every year in the United States, up to 12 million of them do!
Here are a few things to remember when checking yourself for head lice:
-As embarrassed as you may feel, it really is more beneficial to have a professional at Lice Clinics of Texas check your scalp for you. A friend, physician or family member would also be able to check your scalp and clearly see symptoms. However, the professionals are much more accurate at determining between rashes and real symptoms, dandruff or head lice eggs.
-If you determine that you’d rather just look for a problem yourself, get two mirrors and face them together. The most common place for head lice to hide on the head is behind your ears, the nape of your neck and the crown of your head. Head lice are the size of a small sesame seed. After feeding, they are browner in color. Often, they are very difficult to see, especially in darker hair, because they are translucent in color and can blend in with hair color.
-Get yourself a nitpicking comb. This tool will help you separate hair near the roots and brush through it to determine if you see any nits. Lice eggs, or nits, are usually white in color and do not flake off as easily as dandruff or dead skin. Check the comb after each time you brush through. It could pick up traces of head lice or eggs. Keep a clean bowl of water and a white towel handy to help you see what you brush off.
-What else do I need to look for? Watch for redness, rashes, bumps or irritations on the scalp. As head lice feed they secrete saliva that keeps your blood from clotting so they can feed several times in the same spot throughout the day. This saliva is usually what causes the human scalp to itch and feel irritated.
-Pretty sure you have head lice? The average adult who discovers they have head lice will have 15-20 active adult lice on their scalp. This means that you have actually had head lice for several weeks, giving lice eggs time to hatch and grown into full adult lice. Come into Lice Clinics of Texas today to talk about your BEST treatment options to eliminate head lice quickly and stop the hassle.
The last few years have been significant for the head lice industry. Lice Clinics of Texas 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?
These steps 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 Texas 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.
Head lice are causing fear and worry all across the United States this Halloween. More and more children are becoming infected as lice is worse than it has been in decades in our public school systems and everyday life.
In fact, Lice Clinics of Texas has opened clinics all across the country where we treat people who become infected with head lice. Our clinics help hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children with their head lice problems.
Here are 10 SPOOKY things you didn’t know about head lice that will surely cause your heart to race and your palms to sweat!
#1 – There has been a 30% increase this yearin the cases of head lice reported! Some states, such as Washington and Oregon, have seen a 60-80% rise in head lice cases.
#2- Head lice bite the scalp and drink human blood. A louse will inject saliva into the scalp that actually prevents blood from clotting, allowing them to snack on the same spot a few times before they move on. If this doesn’t gross you out, you might need to stop watching vampire movies.
#3 – Head lice saliva and fecal matter are left on the skin of the scalp. These bodily fluids are the main reason that people infected with head lice feel itchiness and soreness. The traces of saliva and fecal matter from head lice can cause allergic reactions and irritations to the scalp.
#4 – If you are seeing adult head lice on your child’s scalp, they have actually been infected for several weeks. Head lice start out by a single adult who lays eggs. An adult louse takes up to two weeks to mature. This means that there have been lice and nits, or lice eggs on your child’s head for several weeks for symptoms and problems to start manifesting from several adult lice.
#5 – A single adult female can layone hundred eggs in just a few days. Twenty four hours after mating, a female will begin to lay her first eggs. She continues laying again, and again, and again for several weeks. As you can see, if you have several adult female lice on a scalp, the problem will escalate quickly.
#6 – Head lice are more active at night. This frightening little fact could be a big reason that your child is not able to sleep. Think of all the little head lice slowly crawling from hair strand to hair strand while they lay in bed at night.
#7 – Water does not kill head lice. They are able to hold their breath underwater for several hours. This is why simply shampooing or bathing does not kill head lice.
#8 – Girls are more likely to attract head lice! Why is that? Head lice are more common in long hair because they can easily attach to it when in direct contact with another person who is infected. The longer your hair, the higher your chance of getting head lice.
#9 – Head lice can lie in wait on pillows, bedding, small crevices in the fabric on furniture in search of a new human host. If a louse does not have the blood and warmth of a human host for 24 hours it will die. Once a louse if knocked off of a scalp they will jump at the chance to find a new victim to infest.
#10- Over the counter shampoos DO NOT KILL HEAD LICE! Lice are showing resistance to insecticides that have been designed to kill them. For years overuse and reliance on shampoos and powders have created “super lice” that are immune to their potency. No single product from a general store can kill eggs and head lice in one treatment.
If these facts don’t start to scare you – we don’t know what will! Contact Lice Clinics of Texas today for the facts on how to be rid of head lice!
National Pediculosis Association (NPA), an organization that uses its time and resources to help educate parents about the importance of head lice health, has declared September National Head Lice Prevention Month. This is important because the education of head lice health to parents is the best preventive measure we can take for the general welfare of public health.
Their message to parents across the nation is this – Comb First! In an effort to help parents understand the risks of contracting head lice and how to effectively screen for it, they have added resources and an educational campaign against head lice on their website HeadLice.org.
This effort focuses on the importance of parents screening children for lice at home, knowing the signs and symptoms of head lice and working with schools to ensure parents are notified of proper procedures and policies.
The president of NPA, Deborah Altschuler recently stated, “Parents simply can’t rely on government agencies for proper guidance on lice prevention and treatment and must be prepared for pediculosis (lice infestation) regardless of school policy, FDA dogma or product marketing information.”
This statement comes as a recent backlash to many school districts across the country that have neglected to send notifications home after head lice outbreaks were found. Such as this weeks news report from a district in Wentzville, Missouri. The truth is, school districts are not always required to notify parents or do not take the time to do so.
National Pediculosis Associations message to parents is simple! Take the time to screen your own children. Educate yourself on the best ways to do so. Stay in the loop of your children’s school policies. Protect yourself and your children through preventative measures.
How Can Lice Clinics of Texas Help You Be a ProActive Parent?
We offer head lice screenings at our clinics. We can show you the proper way to screen for head lice, teach you what to look for, and even help you identify if you have a head lice problem.
The NPA urges parents to remember, “Everyone wins when everyone combs!”
Our staff can supply you with the top of the line combing tools available so that you can protect your child with head lice screenings often. The best times to check are often after shampooing when their hair is wet. Simply use the nit-picking comb to look through their hair strands, particularly around the nape of the neck, behind the ears, and at the crown of the head. This can go a long way in preventing a head lice outbreak.
Pesticide Shampoos Are Something We Steer Clear Of
Lice Clinics of Texas is proud to offer the latest technology in head lice removal. We offer safe, alternative methods to harsh pesticides and insecticides that can burn skin, absorb into the body and cause reactions. Call our clinic today to discuss your concerns or questions with a professional Lice Clinic expert!
“Parents who have a quality lice comb can identify and successfully end an infestation early and safely when there are fewer lice and nits present,” remarks NPA president Deborah Altschuler. “Each child protected from a pesticide shampoo is a victory for that child.“
Anyone anywhere will cringe when they hear the words head lice. This common problem causes stress and anxiety for parents and children involved. Head lice are a major concern for parents of young children who attend public schools, daycares, church youth programs or just about anywhere else where there are groups of kids. And they should be!
Every year up to 12 million children in the United States alone will contract head lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As a parent or guardian, you may be wondering what is the biggest cause of head lice? How can I prevent it?
Biggest Cause of Head Lice Spread
You guessed it, groups of children are usually the main source for head lice outbreaks. If your child has head lice, they likely got it from direct head to head contact with another child. Children between the ages of 3-12 are more prone to head lice infestations. With that being said, we are seeing more and more cases of teenage head lice with the new super lice dilemma that is sweeping the nation. Some blame this on the selfie or sharing of small electronic devices. Others think that super lice are just harder to kill and therefore affecting more people.
The main way adults or teens catch head lice is from a smaller child who lives in the same home. Parents, grandparents, or teens who live with children are much more likely to catch head lice than other adults.
How Can I Prevent Head Lice?
Children need to be screened for head lice often. Lice Clinics of Texas is a great source for head lice screenings. We can show you what signs are prevalent with a head lice outbreak. We have the proper nitpicking tools to teach you how to dig through the scalp and identify head lice or remove it.
Checking often, being aware of symptoms and signs of head lice, and talking to your children about not sharing hairbrushes, hats, coats, or accessories that could have head lice are all good places to start in the battle of prevention.
We also provide head lice screenings in our clinic for the whole family. Some people erroneously believe that if their child has head lice, as long as they are treated the problem is gone. Not true. Most often adults catch head lice from their own children. Be sure to have everyone in your home screened before assuming your head lice problem is gone.
Can’t I Just Wash My Child’s Hair?
Many people think that head lice only prefer dirty or clean hair. Neither is true. In fact, head lice have shown no distinct preference in several tests. Anyone with hair, regardless of hygiene, is at risk for head lice.
Head lice are also able to hold their breath for 6-8 hours. For this reason, simply washing hair does not kill them. They are also equipped to grip onto hair strands with claws that are attached to the bottom of their legs. This prevents them from simply being washed away during shampooing.
The next big Hollywood movie has hit the theaters! Bringing with it new shattering records and plenty of action-packed moments. When you are dealing with a villain or problem in your life, how nice would it be to have the Hulk, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy or Iron Man on your side?
We will do you one better! If you and your family are fighting off head lice, team up with the Avengers! The Avengers of Head Lice, that is. Lice Clinics of Texas can offer you the support and answers you seek. We can fight with you every step of the way in your battle against head lice!
At Lice Clinics of Texas throughout Houston, Austin and many areas of Texas we offer the best head lice removal care around.
Here’s what you can expect when you choose Lice Clinics of Texas to destroy your head lice problem:
-Head lice screenings are a thorough way for us to evaluate if you or someone in your household has head lice and just how bad the problem is. With part of the head lice check you will receive a lice comb that you get to take with you when you leave. The lice comb can help you perform your own checks from that point on, ensuring that the problem has not returned. We will show you what to look for and help you pinpoint the problem.
-If there is evidence of an outbreak, we can take of it right away! We offer a one-time treatment that will seriously eliminate your head lice problem quickly. This chemical free approach can keep your mind at ease that no harmful substances are risking your families safety. Plus, we guarantee that process for work for up to 6 full weeks.
-Did you know that head lice spread quickly throughout a household? If you are living with a child between the ages of 3-10 they are much more likely to bring head lice home than any other age group. With that in mind, if your child does have head lice, any other family members that come into direct contact with the child are much more likely to contract head lice themselves! Screen the entire family for head lice at Lice Clinics of Texas to be sure the problem has not spread.
-New “super lice” are hitting the school scenes rapidly this year. These lice show strong immunities to over the counter products that have been used for over 30 plus years in the United States. With the help of our new, innovative approach to head lice, even “super lice” do not stand a chance at survival. Why waste your time and money on over the counter products that simply will no longer work? Call Lice Clinics of Texas today and be your families favorite hero!
Head lice are the plural form of an insect that infects people. The louse, a single head lice, is a tiny insect about ⅛ inch long that uses human heads for a food source and heat source to survive. They feed on human blood several times per day. Head lice have a short 30-day lifespan but reproduce very quickly. Nits, or lice eggs, are hatched every 7-9 days, and lice mature quickly after that. Nits are white colored oval eggs that are literally glued to the base of hair strands when laid by the female. Although difficult to get rid of and pesky to deal with, head lice are not considered a health hazard.
Who can get head lice?
Anyone can get head lice, but most commonly children between the ages of 3-10. Although the number of older children and teens we see with head lice is definitely on the rise. They are not a sign of being dirty. Head lice are found everywhere throughout the world and are not an indication of race, social status, cleanliness or hygiene issues.
How does a head lice infestation occur?
Head lice are most commonly spread through direct head to head contact with someone else who is infected. They cannot jump or fly. Rather, they crawl quickly through the hair and find a new host to spread to. Personal items are also a quick way to become infected if shared with some who has head lice. Anything that touches the hair could potentially be harboring head lice. Animals do not spread head lice, they are a human parasite.
What are the signs of a head lice infestation?
Commonly head lice symptoms will take 2 to 3 weeks to start to manifest. Head lice and nits are most often found behind the ears, the neckline and the crown of the head. Some clear indications include an itchy scalp, scratch marks, red bumps from bites or rashes from irritated skin caused by fecal matter and saliva from head lice. If you need help diagnosing head lice, call Lice Clinics of Texas to perform a head lice check. Staff members are able to diagnose your problem and offer you quick and easy solutions. One reason this is advantageous for most parents is that it can be difficult to determine between head lice eggs, nits, and common dandruff.
How do you treat head lice?
For year doctors typically recommended over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medicated (lice-killing) product. Unfortunately, head lice treatments such as OTC creams, pyrethrin based shampoos products, and powders are proving to be ineffective against the new wave of super head lice we are seeing across the United States and other countries. Overuse of these products for decades has made the head lice immune to their active ingredients.
How should you clean up the environment?
Lice that are knocked off of the human head are unable to survive longer than 24 hours. Nits that leave the warmth and humid environment of their human host can live up to two days on items used by the infected person. For that reason, we recommend the following to ensure head lice are not reintroduced to anyone in your home.
-Wash bedding, clothing, towels, pillows or any washable items that are possibly contaminated in hot water (above 130° F) and dry in a hot dryer.
-Clean combs, brushes and similar items by heating in water of at least 130° F for 10 minutes or in bleach water for thirty minutes.
-Clean floors, carpeting, and furniture by thorough vacuuming only. The use of insecticide sprays is not necessary.
-Cleaning efforts should happen on the day that head lice treatment is given. This will ensure that there is no reinfection and that the procedure will be effective.
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 Texas wants to help you through this challenge any way that we can. We provide head lice facts, insights, and treatment solutions.
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 Texas is your best source for solutions to your head lice problem. Call our clinic today to schedule a visit!