National news stations are covering a recent story about Fox sports analyst, Clay Travis, whose family was kicked off of a Delta flight when head lice were discovered on his son’s head during the flight.
Travis turned to his website to express his anger about the situation, including how it was handled.9
According to Travis, he and his wife did not know their children had head lice, but when they discovered it, they knew exactly where it came from. Serval weeks ago, their children were around cousins who had lice.
“When my sister told me about her kids having lice, my wife bought all the over the counter lice treatments and doused our kids with it. Then she kept an eye on both boys over the next several weeks,” Travis says on his blog Out Kick the Coverage.
“During these two weeks in London and Paris our kids took regular baths and we combed their hair after each bath. At no point did either of us see any signs of lice.”
Lice Discovered Mid-Flight
The head lice were discovered halfway through their flight coming from Paris, headed to Minneapolis for a connecting flight to Nashville.
“While he was standing in line for the bathroom, my six year old started to scratch his head. My wife checked to see why he was scratching his head and saw then that he had lice. Several flight attendants rushed over too and peered down at my son’s head. ‘Oh, my God, he has lice’, they said.”
When the plane landed in Minneapolis for their connecting flight, the plane emptied and a flight attendant told Travis and his family that they could not take their connecting flight to Nashville. Travis and his wife were not happy about this and said they were not going to stay in Minneapolis. That’s when the flight attendant said that his children would have to be examined and possibly treated.
Travis failed to find any such policy about lice on the airline’s website and instead found the CDC’s information about lice stating:
“Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.
Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. “No-nit” policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:
Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as ‘casings’.
Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.
Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.”
This confused Travis because kids are encouraged to remain at school when they have head lice, a place where they come in contact with lots of other children but they must not remain on a plane?
They were still not able to board their connecting flight and a flight attendant told them they should go to the emergency room.
Lack of Head Lice Education
This entire situation may have been handled better or avoided if The Travis family knew more about super lice and if the airlines knew more about head lice in general. If Travis’s wife knew about super lice, she would have known that over-the-counter treatments are not effective. This is an example of way head lice education is so important to us.
However, this might be enough incentive to bring your child to us for a head check before hopping on a plane. Check out the video below to watch the story.
As a parent, you always want what’s best for your children. That’s why we teach, discipline, set rules and nurture them as much as we can. There are many values that are important to learn in your younger years and here’s five of them.
It’s true that honesty is the best policy and it’s important for our children to know that. People don’t instantly change when they are an adult or when they get married. The habits you form when you’re younger will be carried with you and once you’ve formed a habit, it’s very tough to break, especially when it’s been a habit for a long time. This is why it’s important to teach our kids about honesty from the get-go. The habits we form in our developing years will usually remain habits for the long-haul.
Life is full of conflict. It’s our job to teach our children how to resolve issues, take responsibility for their actions, make amends and handle situations instead of hiding from them. Conflict management skills will be useful in every aspect of life including, school, relationships, and work. Learning how to use your mind to come up with solutions is a very valuable skill.
It’s really never too young to teach your children about hard work and determination. When your children begin to crawl, you can start to teach determination by encouraging them to crawl to their favorite toy instead of handing it to them. Teach your children to take on challenges and not to stop until they reach their goals. Teach them to always be a leader and never to be a quitter. The easiest way to teach about determination is by avoiding excessive praise and instead provide honest feedback when necessary and praise when necessary. Of course, we recommended not being too harsh about this, but offered constructive criticism in a supportive and gentle fashion can teach them to be strong and determined to improve throughout their life.
It’s important to teach our children to reach out to others, be a good person. We don’t want our children to be self-absorbed. Of course, we want them to address their feelings and take care of their needs but we also want them to care for others. We can teach this by leading by example, bringing them to service opportunities and allowing them to make friends.
Children need love. They need it to build self-confidence, they need it to learn how to love others and they need it to have a healthy home life. Show your children affection and let them see you being affectionate with your spouse and people in your life that you love. Love conquers all.
These are just five values that are essential to teaching children in their younger years. As they grow, it’s our hope that they will be honest, good at solving problems, determined, considerate and loving. Someday your children will grow up and thank you for all the values you taught them.
We have often heard of parents turning to the common household condiment for at-home head lice treatment. The question is, does it work? Other lice blogs might say that mayonnaise does treat head lice infestations. But we strongly recommend staying away from mayonnaise. By all means, slap it on your sandwich, that’s what it’s meant for. But please read this blog and think twice before slabbing it on your child’s head. There are several reasons why we discourage mayonnaise, the first and foremost being that it can be dangerous. To keep the mayo on the head, most parents wrap some sort of plastic wrap around the head before bed and then send them to sleep with it on, not often thinking about the fact that the plastic wrap may come off in the middle of the night and suffocate their child. This has actually happened and resulted in death. Children have also gotten food poisoning from the mayonnaise. It’s literally and figuratively a messy situation. The severe situations are probably rare, but why risk it? If there’s even a chance that your child could be harmed, is it even worth it? We think not. It is also not a very fun thing to clean up. Have you ever left opened mayonnaise out of the refrigerator and then threw it away because of the horrid smell? Well, why would you expose your child to that all night?
Does Mayonnaise kill the eggs?
Even if mayonnaise kills live lice, it has not been shown to kill lice eggs. If you don’t kill the lice eggs, then killing the live lice is pretty much pointless because the eggs are going to hatch and a turn into live lice in a few days. Getting rid of the lice eggs can be the trickiest part. Imagine going through all that and it not being effective? Imagine having to clean mayo-filled bed sheets and pajamas.
As mothers, we know the value of doing what you feel is right for your family but just know that mayonnaise can be very unsafe, messy and ineffective. Why risk it?
Most of us look forward to summer all year long and then the time comes and many of us struggle to pull our kids away from their video games or get them off the couch. Looking for some ways to keep your kids active? Here are 6 summer activities to do in the Houston area.
Nature Story Time
Come to Nature Discovery Center Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a free story time. This is a great way to keep your kids reading and listening during their summer break and this particular story time goes beyond the typical book reading as it includes live animals, puppets, short nature walks, crafts or songs and nature stories. It’s located at 7112 Newcastle and kids love it.
What kid doesn’t love a day at the Zoo? The Houston Zoo is a great place to take your kids as a reward for good grades during the school year or to celebrate a birthday or just have a family day. This is a fun place for toddlers or teens. Check out their website for prices and additional details.
Splashway Family Waterpark
Texas has some blazing hot summer days and sometimes you just want to be in the water all day. Splashway is a perfect place to do that as you enjoy water slides, a lazy river, and even has a campground. A day in the water and a night at the campfire sounds like a pretty amazing family outing to us. What do you think?
Children’s Museum Of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston is said to be a “playground for your mind.” It is filled with interactive exhibits and lets them step into the shoes of their dream career such as inventing things, programming robots, anchoring the news, running a business, getting elected as mayor and much more! Thursday nights are free for families.
Brazos Bend State Park
At Brazos Bend State Park you can bike, fish, hike, camp, stargaze and more. There are opportunities to take guided hikes and learn about the natural history around you.
Does your child have an interest in crocodiles? Then the Crocodile Encounter might be a place to visit this summer. It is the home to the largest group of Nile crocodiles in the country. You can see some pretty cool animals and get close to them. It’s a unique experience and one that can’t be passed up!
Whether you spend a day with the zebras or soak up the sun at a water park, we hope you create some amazing memories with your children. Happy Summer!
We are everything head lice. We are experts at treating it, we keep up with new research on it and we know how to effectively treat it without the use of pesticides or chemicals of any kind. Head lice are the most common type of lice, especially in children and it is the type your child might contract at school or at a friend’s house or at summer camp. Some parents might raise four kids and never deal with head lice, and another parent might have four kids and have to deal with it with each one of them. It is no reflection on the parent; lice become even more common when there’s an outbreak at your child’s school. You just never know if your child is going to get lice or not so it’s a good idea for parents to know a little bit about it and to know about their treatment options just in case. It is something you want to get treated as soon as possible. Head lice are technically called Pediculus humanus capitas and reside in the hair, close to the scalp. They feed off blood from the scalp several times a day and cause major itching. We treat head lice only at our clinic, no other type of lice. There are two other types of lice.
Body lice, or Pediculus humanus corporis, live on the body and are gross little bugs that can carry diseases if you don’t treat them. They are usually associated with someone who has bad hygiene and is unclean. This type of lice can certainly be treated by improved hygiene, cleanliness, and access to regular changes of clothes. Body lice infestations can go away. Stay clean and hygienic to avoid them!
Pubic lice are pretty self-explanatory. They lice in pubic hair and can also be found in other areas such as eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, mustaches, chest hair or armpits. Their technical name is Pthirus Pubis and they are usually spread through sexual contact. There are effective over-the-counter and prescription treatments for pubic lice. This one can get worse if not taken care of.
No matter what kind, lice infestations are gross and not at all fun. They should all be treated as soon as possible and we can take care of that if you find yourself or your children with head lice. It’s important to get every member of your family checked if one person gets head lice and we can do that at our clinic. Bring them in and we’ll take it from there.
Every year, people of all ages get excited to lounge by the pool, attend barbecues, wear red, white and blue, eat way too much and play fun games with friends and family. Yep, Tuesday of next week is the Fourth of July and we are looking forward to it! Maybe you have fun traditions or maybe you’re looking for some new traditions for your family. Care.comwrote an article about 12 great activities for kids on the Fourth of July. Here are our 5 favorite ones.
1. Make A Fourth of July Wand
Sometimes kids are fearful of loud and bright fireworks. Or at least their afraid to hold a sparkler or get close to fireworks that others are lighting off. Making a patriotic wand can be their proud accessory to hold instead of fireworks. It’s simple and easy to make and can even be saved till next year. Or you can make it a tradition to make a new one each year.
2. Host A Fourth of July Bike Parade
This creative idea consists of gathering all the kids on the block and giving them decorations to decorate their bike anyway they like. After everyone’s bike is decorated, stage a parade down the street. Parents can sit outside and watch as their adorable kids proudly show off their decorated bikes. How cute is this idea? This makes them feel involved and special in the Fourth of July festivities.
3. Play Patriotic Games
Need some ideas for some fun, outdoor patriotic games? How about a relay race, tug-of-war, water balloon fight, coloring contest, pie-eating contest, scavenger hunt, or Fourth of July bingo? Maybe even a patriotic costume contest. Outdoor Fourth of July games are perfect for hot summer days. They keep the kids active and engaged. You could give out prizes for winners.
4. Bake Red, White and Blue Treats
What is the Fourth of July without the patriotic treats? Baking is something you can do with your children. Teach them the basics of cooking and have some fun together. Cookie decorating is a fun activity for the kids. Buy lots of red, white and blue frosting and make sure not to run out of sprinkles!
5. Teach About the Declaration of Independence
Do your kids know why we celebrate Independence Day? Do they even know that the Fourth of July is Independence Day? The Declaration of Independence is an important part of history and it is a fitting time to learn about it when we are celebrating the independence and birth of our nation. Teach your kids about what it is and who signed it. They will be ahead of the curve when they learn about it in school.
We hope that you enjoy at least one of these suggestions from care.com. If your child happens to contract head lice from on the kids on the block or from a cousin at Fourth of July party, give us a call right away and we’ll perform head checks on your family and treat whoever has it. We hope you and your family have an amazing fourth of July.
Parents have the world’s hardest job. Also, the world’s most rewarding and meaningful job. We praise parents for doing the best job in the world. Verywell.com published an article explaining the 4 different parenting styles and the effects they have on children. So, let’s find out what type of parent you are.
Do any of these statements seem like you?
You believe kids should be soon and not heard.
You believe kids should follow your rules and ways of doing things no matter what.
You don’t take your child’s feelings into consideration.
If so, you might be an authoritarian parent. Authoritarian parents lay down the law and expect respect and obedience. They are all about rules and punishment instead of discipline and praise. They don’t allow their children to get involved in problem-solving challenges and obstacles. They make the rules themselves and except the children to listen with no exception and no discussion. The case is closed as soon as the parent speaks. The scariest teacher you had in high school probably had an authoritarian style.
Authoritarian parents say “because I said so” a lot when a child questions the reasons behind a rule and they are not willing to compromise or negotiate.
Authoritarian parents usually use punishments instead of discipline. Rather than teaching a child how to make better choices, they’re often focused on making a child suffer for their mistakes. Children often fear their authoritarian parents. They do things out of fear and usually don’t learn proper lessons in the process.
Children who grow up with strict authoritarian parents are usually good rule followers but have self-esteem issues from not feeling good enough during their childhood.
They may also become hostile or angry. They tend to become good liars from lying to get out of scary punishments.
Do any of these statements sound like you?
You put a lot of effort into ensuring healthy and positive relationship with your child.
You want to be a good role model to your children
You explain the reasons behind your rules and disciplinary actions.
You enforce rules and give consequences but you take your child’s feelings and opinions into consideration.
If so, you may be an authoritative parent. They establish clear rules but also allow for reasonable exceptions to the rules. They do everything with their child’s best interest at heart.
Authoritative parents set consequences that teach valuable lessons and help shape their children. They don’t punish just to punish. There’s a reason to all their parenting tactics. They are also firm believers in positive discipline to prevent bad behavior and to reinforce good behavior. They usually have systems in place such as reward systems. They have proven to be quite effective in teaching children.
Children raised with authoritative discipline tend to grow up happy and successful. They’re also more likely to be good at making decisions and evaluating situations independently.
Researchers have found kids who have authoritative parents are most likely to become responsible adults who feel comfortable expressing their opinions. This is an excellent parenting style for most situations.
Permissive parenting is a very lenient and “hands-off” parenting style with little to no rules and inconsistent authority. They set rules but rarely enforce them. They don’t give out consequences very often and when they do, they give into begging and are very forgiving. They think their child doesn’t need much inference from them.
They often only interfere when they really need to and they usually take on more of a friend role. They encourage their kids to talk with them about their problems but usually don’t put much effort into giving parental advice and discouraging poor life choices. Maybe they are vicariously living through their child.
Kids of permissive parents tend to struggle academically and have a hard time appreciating authority, ruled and structure. They report high levels of sadness and uncertainty. They are also at a high risk for obesity because of their parent’s lack of limiting junk food. They have a higher tendency to grow up with bad habits, leading to cavities because their parents didn’t enforce good habits.
Uninvolved parenting is pretty self-explanatory. Parents are very “hands-off” and uninvolved in their child’s life. They don’t ask about their child’s day or how their homework is going. They don’t ask about their emotional state and rarely know where their child is and who they are with. They don’t value quality time with their child and pretty much let their kids raise themselves. Children who are raised by uninvolved parents miss out on a lot of the learning and nurturing to meet their basic needs.
Poor children are often neglected by their uninvolved parents and their parent might put work and social life above them. Sometimes the parents aren’t intentionally uninvolved. Uninvolved parents might just lack a knowledge of parenting skills and child development. Or maybe they are uninvolved because they are overwhelmed by all of their other obligations. Their children get little to no guidance and in turn struggle with self-esteem. They don’t do very well in school and tend to also rank low on the happiness scale.
So, which type of parent are you? You may not fit into just one category or you may fit into all of the. Studies show that authoritative parenting is the most effective and healthy parenting style. Nurture, discipline and positive praise are important in the development of a child and there are always steps to take to be more authoritative, raising a happy and successful child.
Summer is here and we are all loving it, especially our kids. Summer means no school, water parks galore and best of all… summer camp! Summer camp is an $18 billion industry and is a great way for kids to make new friends and learn new skills while having fun. According to acacamps.org, More than 14,000 day and resident camps exist in the U.S. 8,400 are resident (overnight) and 5,600 are day camps. More than 14 million kids and adults attend camp per year in the U.S. and Camps employ more than 1.5 million camp staff to work in various camp positions. It’s safe to say that summer camp is very popular among children and parents shell out a lot of money for it. We hope our children come home with good memories and don’t fall victim to a head lice outbreak. Summer camps are a high-risk place for head lice infestations because of the abundance of children. Anywhere with lots of kids is a prime place for head lice.
Taking Care Of It Before Summer Camp
We recently worked with a summer camp and had the opportunity to go to the camp on the very first day and perform a head check on every child as well as supply treatment for anyone who had a head lice infestation. By doing this, we eliminated the chance of an outbreak at the camp. Lice spread through direct head-to-head contact as well as the sharing of items. If there are no lice in the first place, there’s no way for them to spread. They don’t just come out of nowhere. This is one of the most brilliant ways to make sure there aren’t head lice outbreaks in the middle of the week at camp. This is a great and affordable preventative method. Eradicating the lice before camp starts is key, but we know that not every camp will be up for that. We did happen to be very successful when we did it so if you want to work something out with us and your child’s camp, we’d be happy to come to camp with you.
Being Informed And Prepared
As a parent, we encourage you to be prepared and informed in case of a head lice outbreak. Different camps have different policies and procedures when it comes to head lice. That information would be good to know ahead of time. Does the onsite nurse know how to identify head lice? How do they handle a head lice outbreak? It would be a good idea to know exactly what would happen if there were a lice outbreak at your child’s camp. Sending a lice shampoo to camp with your child will not work because those store-bought shampoos don’t kill super lice and most lice in the U.S. are super lice these days.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend treatment and prevention of further infestation, then allowing those afflicted to remain in group settings. Other organizations, such and the National Pediculous Association (NPA), recommend temporarily removing those afflicted from the group setting until all signs of nits and lice are gone. Determine your camp’s philosophy before your camp season so you will be prepared should lice and/or nits be detected
Summer camp is definitely a high-risk place for a head lice outbreak. Lice love summer camp because they can easily go from head to head as kids get close to each other. We can definitely come to your summer camp to screen and treat. Let us help prevent a massive outbreak.
A head lice infestation is panic enough for parents, but about our children? Children are very impressionable and for the most part, they trust us. So, the way we react to a head lice infestation will most likely rub off on our children. That’s why it’s important for us to try to stay calm and at ease. That’s why it is important to try our hardest to stay calm and at ease. Comfort our children because they might be thinking the worst after finding out there are bugs in their hair. Let them know you’re going to take care of them. It’s our responsibility as parents to help our children feel safe and in good hands.
We recommend checking your child’s head for lice at least once a week and if you hear about an outbreak at school, check it every day. We know that kids are sometimes impatient and grumpy when we try to get in their personal space so we recommend checking their head while they are distracted playing a video game or doing homework or some other activity that gives you a good opportunity. Being thorough about head checks will help to catch lice before it gets really severe. The sooner you treat lice, the better the situation is for everyone. If you find out about a child at school or daycare or a sports team that has a head lice infestation, be extra thorough in your head checks.
There’s A Good Chance They’ll Get Lice
If your child is in elementary school, he or she is at the prime age for a head lice infestation. Your child’s head is like a ticking time bomb just waiting to be infested with lice. The lucky parents dodge head lice altogether and never have to deal with it. The unlucky ones are victim to an outbreak at school and the really unlucky ones have a child who got lice from their cousin out of town and they’re the reason for a head lice outbreak at school. That is never fun. That’s why we encourage parents to do frequent head checks. Anytime your child was around a lot of kids, it doesn’t hurt to check their head afterward. Your child may get annoyed, but it will save a lot of hassle long-term.
How To Explain A Head Lice Infestation To Your Child
Whether you explain what lice are to your child or not, is up to you, but there’s no reason why you can’t. Making it seem secret and terrible might make your child feel more scared than giving them a brief explanation of what is happening. We recommend making the lice process like a fun game for them and telling a story as you go. Give a head louse a name and make them the main character. There’s a book called “Bugs in my Hair” by David Shannon that does a great job at explaining head lice in a fun way. The facts mixed with playful fun make it easy to follow and fun to read. The book is a great way to explain a head lice infestation to your child. It’s a colorful and educational illustration with a little humor to lighten the mood of what can be a scary and anxiety-striking subject. This also makes them feel like they aren’t alone.
We know that the lice process can be ugly but there are ways to make it less scary for your child.
More and more studies are finding reasons not to expose children to the chemicals in drugstore head lice treatments. A new article on eurekalert.org discusses a new finding that links pyrethroids to early sexual maturity/puberty in young boys as early as 9 years old.
The Effects of Early Puberty
It may seem like no big deal to reach puberty early but studies show that there are many negative effects of early puberty.
According to WebMD, some of these negative effects include, shorter than average stature, abnormal behavioral problems, early sexual activity, increased stress and emotional problems.
The article also states that early puberty increases the risk of diseases in adulthood.
“For example, testicular cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Early puberty also can stunt growth and cause behavioral problems.”
Pyrethroids are known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals that interfere with the body’s hormones. Most of us know that behavior can change as hormones change. It’s unnatural for this behavioral and hormone change to happen sooner than intended and can cause an unhealthy imbalance in children.
“Evidence of recent exposure to the chemical appears in human urine as a metabolite, or molecule, called 3-phenoxybenzoic acid (3-PBA).”
When a conducting a study, in 463 Chinese boys, ages 8-16, a 10 percent increase in 3-PBA was associated with a 4 percent increase in the boys’ level of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Both these hormones spur production of testosterone in males.
“An increased level of urinary 3-PBA raised the odds of a boy being at an advanced stage of genital development by 73 to 110 percent.”
Because it is difficult to test the cause of environmental risk factors in humans, researchers started by identifying animals and how pyrethroids alter the timing of puberty. After they exposed male mice to cypermethrin, a widely used pyrethroid insecticide, at the relevant levels that are present in humans, they observed an accelerated onset of puberty in the mice. They demonstrated that cypermethrin had a direct effect by inducing testosterone formation and interfering with intracellular processes that are critical to male sexual development.
It’s important for parents to be aware of harmful side-effects when choosing a lice treatment for their children. Check out our website to learn about our safe and effective lice treatments.