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.
Children look forward to summer all year long because they get to partake in fun activities with their friends and swim at the pool instead of sitting in a classroom all day. Summer in Texas means extreme heat, an abundance of ice cream and plenty of pool parties to cool off and get bronze. Pool parties are a great excuse to detach our children from their video games and social media accounts and get them outside to enjoy each other’s company.
Are you worried about your child getting head lice from a friend at a pool party? Here are some things you should know about lice and the pool.
Do Lice swim?
Lice don’t really swim, but when attached to the hair underwater, they can breathe for several hours. So, if you thought that drowning lice in the pool would kill them, sadly, you were wrong. But wait what about chlorine? Nope, that won’t kill them either. They can survive in chlorine as well. Head lice can even survive in pyrethroids, the live ingredient in drugstore lice treatments. Lice are more resistant and strong in this generation than ever before. So, while they don’t swim around the pool, they will survive on the head while in the pool.
The good news is that contracting lice from someone in a pool is very unlikely. Like we said before, lice can’t swim so they are most-likely going to be clung to the head and not budge. The pool is not the place to worry about your child getting head lice. But remember: chlorine-filled water is also not a form of lice treatment. It will not suffocate the lice.
Getting Close After The Pool
While we don’t want you to worry about your child getting lice in the pool, we do suggest being aware of how they might contract lice outside of the pool. Lice could be spread through sharing beach towels, combs or other accessories. We suggest that children use their own items and keep them in a bag or backpack away from everyone else’s things. This is a simple way to keep lice from spreading through your items. Sharing might be caring, but when it comes to head lice, it isn’t worth it.
We hope you’re looking forward to summer as much as we are. Remember to bring your own towel to your pool parties! Have a good summer!
Why are head lice so hard to get rid of these days? According to the CDC, 6-12 million kids get head lice per year and in this day and age, it’s actually closer to the 12 million mark. Here are 4 reasons why head lice infestations have increased over the last few years.
Rise In Super Lice
Super lice now overrun 42 out of 48 states tested, according to a yahoo article. Super lice are lice that have mutated and evolved over time to become resistant to strong chemicals that are designed to kill them Head lice are now more difficult than ever to get rid of.
Abundance of Ineffective Lice treatments
Unfortunately, most commonly used OTC lice treatments that you’d find at a drugstore are a waste of money because of super lice. They once worked, but now because of the evolution of super lice, most are not successful at killing lice. A 2016 report found that most lice in 42 states have mutated to be resistant to pyrethroids, which are insecticides used in over-the-counter lice treatments. Many medical professionals still recommend these products because of a lack of knowledge and understanding about super lice.
This Generation Of Children Are More Close-Knit.
It seems as if kids are more prone to close-knit relationships nowadays. Since lice are spread through head-to-head contact, this increases the chances of an infestation spreading. Kids these days are huggers, clothing and accessory sharers and selfie takers. Kids often get close to one another to take pictures, creating an optimal lice-spreading scenario.
Home Remedies Don’t Work
We advise against an internet search when trying to figure out how to get rid of head lice at home. You’ll probably find a list of things that people claim work including mayonnaise, tea tree oil, petroleum jelly, Listerine or olive oil. These are ineffective at best and harmful at worst and that is backed by the CDC. These treatments can cause harmful effects, lead to food poisoning or suffocation and even might make the lice infestation worse. These products are meant to suffocate lice, which may indeed kill live lice. But eggs (nits) are the real problem, and eggs can’t be suffocated because they don’t breathe. The eggs will hatch, and you’ll have a fresh infestation on your hands.
This may send you into a state of panic but don’t worry, we have a treatment that works and we would like to spread the word about it to all parents. Our AirAllé® device kills lice through dehydration, using controlled heated air. It’s FDA-cleared and proven to work. Want to know more about lice? Give us a call.
Little Timmy was so excited to go to the zoo. He had never been on a class field trip before and was happy that his first one would consist of giraffes and gorillas. He knew exactly which outfit he would wear and already had his sack lunch packed and ready to go. Nothing would stop him from going to the zoo for the first time, not even an itchy head. Yepp, that’s right, Timmy got head lice and didn’t tell his parents so he wound up giving it to his freinds and contributing to a head lice outbreak at the zoo. There were plenty of opportunities for those lice to spread as kids gathered close together to take pictures.
Luckily, Timmy’s parents had talked to school’s officials about head lice procedures at the beginning of the semester so they knew exactly how it would be handled, which is something we recommend for all parents with school-aged children.
Beginning Of The School Year
We recommend all parents to talk to their child’s school officials about head lice procedures at the beginning of the year before a head lice outbreak occurs. Nobody is in a state of crisis; everyone is calm and the real stress hasn’t hit yet. It’s helpful to know the processes and procedures in place for a head lice outbreak. Do they have a no nit policy? Are kids allowed to come to school if they knowingly have lice? These are some questions to ask. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “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.” That being said, it is important to know the school’s opinion on a head lice outbreak as well.
We’re All In This Together
If you’re the one who finds lice on your child’s head, contact the school nurse to let them know. If another child had a head lice outbreak, you’d want to know about it, right? This allows the school to let parents know to check their child for lice. Letting school officials know will help the head lice outbreak be as mild as possible. The CDC states that “Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued.” One of the biggest reasons they believe this is because “The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families, and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.” We can all find comfort in the fact that head lice are not dangerous. They are also extremely common.
If The Teacher Discovers The Head Lice Outbreak First
If the school calls you to inform you that your child may have head lice, don’t get offended or embarrassed or get angry with whoever called you. School leaders are just doing their job and most of the time, they will help you in the process. You may not have ever dealt with lice before, but they have many times. Listen to their counsel and work with them, not against them.
Come To Us For Treatment
Lastly, if you’re in need of head lice treatment and safety is important to you, we have head lice treatments that won’t expose your child to harmful chemicals or pesticides. Give us a call to book an appointment.