Almost everyone deals with some type of irrational fear. There are phobias for almost any possible scenario. Know anyone who obsessively washes their hands? They may be suffering from Mysophobia, the fear of germs. What about the fear of public speaking, Glossophobia, which happens to be one of the most common phobias. It ranges in severity but researchers believe close to 75% of people have some level of it.
Then there is one fear that lately seems to be growing rampant. The fear of lice, Pediculophobia, is a real struggle for some people. Parents are sitting at a baseball game and overhear talk of super lice, lice that are immune to over the counter products and chemicals in pesticides that may have worked in the past. Genetically resistant mutated super lice! What parent wouldn’t be afraid? Sounds like a Marvel movie in the making.
Don’t let the rumors scare you. Lice Clinics of America are prepared to defend you and your family against even super lice with the revolutionary new technology we use. The most common treatment we offer is over 99%effective in killing lice and their eggs. A device developed at the University of Utah uses innovative technology that dehydrates and rids the scalp of eggs and lice by blowing heated air onto the head. The first step is to help you determine if you have a problem. If lice are detected we will inform you of the most effective lice removal methods you can find. Over the counter products will end up costing you double the money, double the time, and double the headache. Not to mention you can’t get the guarantee that we offer that the problem will be eliminated.
Face the fear. Here are the facts.
Learning the signs and symptoms of a lice infestation will help dramatically to know if you have a problem. Even with the national average of 6 to 12 million children infected with lice each year, watching for signs of lice can drastically reduce your chances of a full on infestation.
The first symptom to show will be eggs, or nits, in the hair. The eggs are laid near the base of the scalp and have a sticky like secretion that makes them glued onto the hair strands. If you see very small, tan or yellowish colored specks that do not move when the head is shaken or rustled it is likely you are dealing with nits. Our clinics offer lice head checks if you are unsure. It’s much easier to deal with the problem early on than waiting until you have more lice hatched and living in the affected area.
Scratching and itching on the head can actually take four to five weeks to even start. After eggs hatch and grow into adult lice they leave traces of fecal matter and saliva that irritate the skin causing red rashes that itch. Let’s also not forget that they feed on human blood. An infected person can receive hundreds of tiny, red bites all over their scalp that cause severe itching and irritation.
Still not ready to face your fear? The Lice Clinics of America is here to alleviate your concerns. Contact our offices and we can get you on your way to full peace of mind.
Life is so busy and stressful at times. The last thing parents want to deal with is a lice problem in their own home. With schedules that are difficult to keep up with, school projects, homework, business affairs and keeping the home life running smoothly, life can already seem overwhelming. So, how should we stop and react when our children end up contracting lice? There are many people who will offer advice and their perspective from their own experiences. Perhaps finding a friend or another parent you trust to talk it through would be a great place to start. Along with getting yourself some support here are some areas to think about.
The most realistic first reaction might be to become upset. Try to avoid that. There are solutions that will help you become lice free and prevention methods that can begin to use to keep the problem in check. Lice Clinics of America is your best resource for answers. Our consultants are trained and equipped with the fastest, most effective method of getting your family lice free. We use the Arielle technology that guarantees your are one hour and done. Just try to remember, you are the adult in the situation. Your child will look to you for answers, for support and reassurance. Parents actions typically are reflected by their children. Keeping your cool will help them to like you can handle it.
Let Them Know What is Happening
Before you come into the clinic you will have to explain to your child what is happening. Try to keep the conversation straightforward and your answers simple. Making the problem seem complex or tricky could overwhelm your child. Stressful situations can give children a reason to act out and cause even more stress or contention. Or some children shut down and try to deal with the stress by being quiet and hiding their feelings. Help them understand the situation by keeping your explanations simple. Watch their behavior for anything that is out of the norm or alarming. Just make sure they know they can talk to you and that you will listen.
Offer a Listening Ear
Give comfort and strength my showing you are aware of their feelings. Ask them questions and give them the chance to respond. Listen. Think of things to do to make them feel more at ease. Often open-ended questions are more likely to get a response. Asking specifics or about a detail of the circumstances might break the ice a little more and help your child feel like opening up. Be calm, not pushy. Show patience and care.
Make sure your child does understand. Sometimes, especially with lice, myths and over exaggerations can cause worry for young children. They don’t know what is real and what is blown out of proportion. After simply explaining lice and the process for removing it, allow your child the chance to ask you questions. Make them feel reassured that you are in control, willing to help and ready to handle it. The professional staff at Lice Clinics of America can be your best support system in removing lice from your home. We want to make you feel reassured as well, our products and Arielle system can do just that.
In order to protect your family from head lice you must be aware of where head lice may exist in your home.
Where do I begin?
Wash bedding, mattress covers, linens, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, comforters, and towels. All clothing that has been worn in the last 48 hours also needs to be washed. Soak, wash and dry them in temperatures reaching at least 130 degrees. Dry cleaning is also a method that will kill lice and their eggs. Whichever option works best for you is important to do immediately.
Gather all personal items that could be carrying lice or eggs. Plush toys, stuffed animals, rugs, decorative pillows, throw blankets or any personal items that are a risk need to be placed in the dryer on a high heat setting for 30 minutes.
Should I bag items for 2 weeks?
When head lice fall off a scalp they cannot survive for more than a day or two. They need a host to feed on and stay warm. Lice eggs, or nits, do not hatch if not under proper conditions. If detached from a human head they will not have the heat and humidity needed to incubate. For this reason, some experts recommend bagging infected items for 2 weeks to suffocate lice and kill eggs. Although this is an effect, it is most often unnecessary unless you are dealing with an extreme case. Washing, soaking and drying items is just as effective in ridding them of lice and nits.
What are the best ways to sanitize hairbrushes?
All items used on the hair or scalp need to be collected, have all hair strands removed, and disinfected. This includes brushes, combs, hair ties, hair clips, headbands, or accessories. One easy method is to throw everything on the top shelf of a dishwasher. Run it through a normal cycle. High heat settings can cause plastic items to melt. You can also sanitize items by boiling a pot of hot water and soaking items for at least five minutes. Other people use rubbing alcohol, soaking items in it overnight fully immersed will thoroughly disinfect hair items. There is no need to throw them away. These methods will quickly and easily make them safe to reuse.
Is fumigation the best option?
No. Fumigation, fog insecticides or pesticides of any kind are not recommended in removing lice and eggs from your home. Sometimes harmful toxins from these chemicals can be inhaled or absorbed into the skin posing a health threat to your family and pets. Vacuum your home, rugs, carpets, couches, chairs, tapestries and all fabrics to remove traces of lice. Be sure to immediately remove the vacuum bag or empty the vacuum into an outside trash. Wipe down any leather or vinyl areas with a warm, wet cloth. A thorough, deep cleaning is the most effective, safe way to proceed.
Are my pets at risk?
No. Pets do not play any role in carrying or transmitting head lice.
This is the scariest time of year! With Halloween just around the corner, no one can be too careful to make sure children and adults alike don’t catch head lice. What could be more scary? Here is a fun list of do’s and don’ts to ensure you have a screaming good time this Halloween and avoid head lice.
Do take your family to a local pumpkin patch. All members of the family can appreciate a delightful hayride in the crisp, cool air. Most pumpkin patches offer much more than that as well. Some of our favorite activities include corn mazes, petting zoos, giant slides into corn kernels, pumpkin demolition, carnival games, and scouring through the patch on the hunt for that perfect pumpkin! Big or small, pumpkins from the patch just seem more festive. A helpful resource for finding your local pumpkin patch is http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org. They offer detailed information about farms in each Texas county. Be sure to call ahead and make sure you know what to expect.
Don’t share scarves, hats or beanies with others while celebrating out it the pumpkin patch. One of the fastest ways to catch lice is by transferring it from person to person off of headgear or apparel that touches the neckline. In just a few minutes one louse can creep off of the hat and onto your hair follicles. That’s how the problem begins. Be on the lookout for anyone sharing head apparel while bundling up on that hayride. Even jackets with a hood or collar can be the culprit for catching lice. Beware of sharing!
Do enjoy the Halloween spirit by having fun, festive nights at home. Who doesn’t get excited about a scary movie night at home? Grab the caramel corn and Halloween candy and get ready to be spooked! When your kids are little there are hundreds of amazing, festive movies to get them ready for trick or treating. A few of our favorites include Halloweentown, Casper, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Hocus Pocus to name only a few. Take advantage of the Halloween season and spend some frightfully fun time with your family!
Don’t let children get too cozy with friends while they watch their favorite Halloween show. Cuddling up to feel safe and warm may be just the thing that is actually spreading lice to your child. Friends or neighbors, cousins or siblings can easily pass lice to one another when they get comfortable on the bean bag together and sit closeby for hours at a time. Sharing blankets, pillows, stuffed animals or beds is also not a good idea. Be careful how to approach this as to not hurt feelings. But, if you are not sure someone is lice free you can never be too careful.
Do take the time to enjoy Halloween by getting creative with costume ideas. If you have a hankering to make your own costumes this year now is the time to start. There are so many items in closets and wardrobes that can be used when embellished with supplies around the house. Custom, awesome Halloween costumes do not have to be expensive. Get thinking and come up with some cool ideas to make this season especially fun!
Don’t share pointy witch hats, robot helmets, scary masks, or even eye patches with your friends! Beware what your child is trying on or playing with this season. It may be too tempting to put on their best friends amazing mask. Just warn them that lice may be the result. Don’t forget to check their heads after the festivities just to be sure everyone has only had good, harmless fun and not contracted lice!
It used to be that parents would worry about kids getting lice by while playing hide and go seek or laying down together in the treehouse but now parents have a new thing to worry about: selfies. That’s right, kids are now getting lice by taking selfies with their phone.
Scientists recently studied over 200 children and found that children who own a smartphone or tablet are twice as likely to get head lice than children who do not own a smartphone or tablet. They found that the reason for this is children who have these devices, take more selfies with their friends, giving lice the perfect opportunity to crawl from head to head. Children may bump heads without even realizing it.
Head lice infestations have increased in older children because of selfies as well. It’s not only elementary school children who get lice anymore. Selfies really create a domino effect of spreading head lice. So next time you get ready to take a selfie, beware.
Selfies And Super Lice
With lice spreading rapidly in elementary schools and now middle schools and high schools as well, it’s important to find a safe and effective lice treatment. Almost all lice infestations these days comprise of super lice, meaning they have a resistance to over-the-counter lice treatments and many other lice removal shampoos. drugstore lice shampoos are ineffective and in fact, can have harmful side effects. It’s extremely important to get educated and stay away from these products.
Trying head lice treatments does not have to result in a dead-end failure. Our treatments have been medically tested and strategically created to treat lice without the use of harmful pesticides. We offer a guaranteed treatment using a device that blows warm air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. Our high quality, non-toxic treatment is the perfect solution to one-and-done lice removal. Our treatments won’t harm your children or the environment.
No matter which treatment you choose when your child gets lice, make sure that it is first, safe and 2nd, effective. And take selfies at your own risk.
All good parents want whats best for their child. Raising independent, self-sufficient and mentally stable kids requires looking through a long-term lens. Here are 5 tips for raising great children.
1. Let Your Kids Fail
As hard as it may be, we need to stand back at times and let our kids make mistakes. They will learn from them. If your child has the skills and abilities to complete a task on their own, let them do it without stepping in. Failing is a necessary part of growing.
2. Let them read what they want.
Encourage your children to read, no matter if it’s a comic book, non-fiction piece or mystical novel. Those who read excel academically.
3. Teach Your Children How To Serve Others
Children who learn to love helping others don’t grow up feeling entitled or selfish. Those who serve on a daily basis are happy and humble.
4. Stay Away From Paying Your Kids To Do Chores
Paying your children to make their bed or clean their room is not always the best strategy in the long run. Parenting expert and author, Alyson Schafer says children will start expecting to be paid for everything they do for you. They’ll think “why would I help my mom carry groceries when I can make my bed for $10?”
5. Set A Bedtime And Stick To It
A study published in 2013 in the journal Pediatrics found that seven-year-olds who had irregular bedtimes had more behavioral problems than did those with consistent bedtimes. Children do well with patterns, schedules, and consistency.
As hard as parenting is, try to think in terms of the future. What will help your child in the long-run? Parenting is hard but if we are dedicated to teaching and nurturing our children in a meaningful way, it will all be worth it when they are successful and happy.
Pediculosis, or infestation with the human head louse (pediculus humanus capitis), is one of the most common human parasitic infestations worldwide, especially among elementary school children. In the United States, about 6-12 million kids get head lice per year. Head lice can infest anyone’s hair, regardless of gender, nationality, race, or hygiene. Even the cleanest classrooms and the most sanitary households can be affected by head lice. Let’s learn about lice!
Here Are 9 Quick Facts About Head Lice
1. Head lice are parasitic insects that only attack humans. You won’t catch lice from the family pet, nor will you give lice to your family pet.
2. The most common way head lice spread is through direct head-to-head contact with an infested person. They can’t fly or jump. The second most common way they spread is through combs, brushes or hats.
3. Head lice are very small — about the size of a sesame seed. They can be tan, brown, or gray in color. They also lay eggs, called nits.
4. This parasite prefers a dark, warm environment and is often discovered behind the ears, under a ponytail and at the nape of the neck. They can also be found on eyebrows and eyelashes, but that isn’t as common.
5. Head lice stay alive by feeding on blood from the human scalp. They will die within 1 to 2 days after being off their host because they no longer have a food source.
6. A female louse can lay up to 10 eggs daily and they usually lay their eggs ¼” from the scalp.
7. Nits can often be mistaken for dandruff. But they are firmly attached to the hair shaft with a waterproof glue-like substance and won’t budge by simply shaking the hair. They must be individually pulled out, most effective with a lice comb.
8. Anyone can get head lice. Doesn’t matter your race, socioeconomic status or hair type. All they want is hair to attach to and blood to suck.
9. Males are less likely to get head lice than females because they typically have shorter hair. People who are bald will not contract head lice because they need hair to attach to.
A new Texas law requires public elementary schools to notify parents within five days if lice are discovered on someone in their child’s class.
The law, which was implemented on Sept. 1, requires schools to send home a notice to parents but they may not identify which child in the class has a lice infestation. This makes parents aware of the lice infestation while protecting the child from potential embarrassment or harassment.
The Law Is Written Under Senate Bill 1566
According to Senate Bill 1566, schools must also notify the parent of an infected child within 48 hours once a school nurse or administrator becomes aware of lice on the child.
The notice must also include head lice treatment recommendations, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even with the new requirements in place, The Texas Department of Health and Human Services says lice are not a public threat and do not carry diseases.
As lice experts, we have heard many lice horror stories. Oftentimes parents panic and try to treat lice with outrageous methods. We wouldn’t put coconut oil into that category but we also wouldn’t put it in the same category as our treatments. Nothing compares to going to a professional lice treatment. According to a clinical trial conducted by the Medical Entomology Centre, out of 50 patients, 41% of people were cured using a combination of coconut and anise spray, while 23% of people were cured using a permethrin-based over-the-counter treatment. This means coconut oil mixed with anise spray is more effective than drugstore lice treatments that are specifically made for lice. This is because of the super lice epidemic. Super lice have become resistant to many chemicals.
Coconut Oil Compared To Our AirAllé
While the coconut oil combination was effective on 41% of the people tested and a common over-the-counter treatment was effective on 23% of the tested individuals, our AirAllé® lice treatment is effective 99.2% of the time. So, in comparison, our treatment still beats the coconut oil/anise spray combination. In fact, our treatment beats any other lice treatment on the market. We combine out treatment with topical rinse and lice combing. If 100% precise, lice combing alone can be an effective. The problem is, it is near impossible to see every single nit with the naked eye and get every single one. If even one nit is left behind, you could have another lice infestation on your hands. This is why comb-out treatment alone is not reliable.
Coconut Oil Compared To Other Home Remedies
Coconut oil alone doesn’t do the trick, much like mayonnaise and tea tree oil. Although, it does not have as many harmful side-effects as mayonnaise and tea tree oil. Coconut oil is actually good for the hair and scalp. So if we were to compare which home remedy is the best option, coconut oil mixed with anise spray would be the most effective. But even so, why risk it when it might not work at all? Especially when we are sure that our AirAllé® treatment will work.