It’s that time of year again when kids grab their new backpacks and join their friends for a new school year! As parents send their kids off with a hug and a lunchbox, many are not thinking that this could be the year their child brings home head lice. Yet, every August and September we see a significant increase in the number of head lice cases. Back to school is prime time for head lice, as children are once again around large groups of other children.
What Should Every Parent Be Aware of This Back to School?
-Head lice do not fly or jump. They are passed most often through direct head to head contact. Is your child finding a new buddy to wrestle with at recess, or share a book with on a bean bag? These types of encounters can easily pass on head lice from one child to the next.
-Head lice can survive off of a human host for up to 48 hours. This means that if your child is using a hat, hoodie, helmet, pillow or any item that has traces of head lice they can contract it if it is within that time frame.
-Children between the ages of 3-11 are the most at risk for head lice. Teen and preteens are also showing up in our clinics more often as super lice and social interactions are increasing their risk of infection. Any adults whose children are younger are also more likely to contract head lice.
-Due to the overuse of the active ingredient in most head lice shampoos, super lice are showing immunity to these products. This is causing head lice to be harder to kill and outbreaks to be more prevalent.
-Head lice do not show a preference for clean hair or dirty hair. Personal hygiene does not play a role in who is infected with head lice.
Signs and Symptoms to Be Aware Of
-Note that head lice symptoms can take up to three weeks to manifest after the initial infection.
-The first sign is most commonly redness, irritation, swelling on the scalp and itching.
-Traces of saliva and fecal matter from adult lice cause irritation and rashes on the scalp.
–Night time can be when head lice are more active, or just when your child is more aware of the feelings of crawling and moving on the scalp. This can cause trouble sleeping and discomfort.
-Nits or lice eggs are laid close to the scalp. They are attached to a single hair strand with a sticky substance that makes them difficult to remove. They will not fall off or flake like dandruff.
-Adult lice are difficult to spot as they are quick to move away from direct light. If spotted, they are the size of a sesame seed and light brown in color.
Remember, Lice Clinics of America is your local source for questions or concerns about head lice. Need help identifying head lice? We offer head lice checks and can help you evaluate your problem. We also offer in-clinic treatments that guarantee you will leave our office head lice free.
We know that dealing with a case of head lice is a major cause of stress. Especially, when you are the parent and responsible for getting rid of the problem. Here’s a little head’s up from Lice Clinics of America to you. There are items lingering around your home or in your child’s daily life you may not ever think to check for head lice or nits. A louse can survive for 48 hours after being separated from their human host. This means that if they find a new head of hair to invade during that time they will jump at the chance.
These six things could have lingering lice and need a deep cleaning. Double check to ensure your child is not reinfected!
#1 – Backpacks or Sports Bags
When a child participates in any number of recreational activities, it is common practice for items of all team members or participants to create a heaping pile of belongings on the floor as they get ready for practice. Whether that is hoodies, sweat towels, shoes, duffel bags, hats or any number of items, these piles of potentially head lice-ridden items could be infecting your child’s belongings as well. Make sure duffle bags or backpacks are thoroughly cleaned and any items that could have nits or head lice are heated thoroughly in a dryer or wiped clean with bleach water. Talk to your kid about keeping their belongings separated at practice and away from others items.
#2 – School Lockers
In today’s world of super lice and selfies, head lice are becoming a bigger problem among teens and preteens. If your child has a locker at school, shares a locker with someone or even a locker at home, ensure that all items are properly cleaned and head lice free. Small spaces like lockers are the perfect place for head lice to make their way onto your child’s belongings.
#3 – Towels
It is obvious that you would deep clean pillows, bedding sheets, and comforters when your child has head lice. But, did you think about bathroom towels that they are using to dry their hair with every night? The interwoven fabric of towels is an ideal place for head lice or nits to hide in. If a towel is reused by someone else in the home or the same child over and over, they may be reinfected.
#4 – Stuffed Animals
A recent study showed that when a child is feeling anxiety, one remedy is to reach for Mr. Stuffy. Kids love to sleep with stuffed animals to help them feel security and peace. If you have not gathered up all stuffed animals from your child’s room that they could have possibly infected with head lice, it would be a good idea to place them in a dryer on a high setting for 25 minutes.
#5 – Hoodies and Jackets
Just because an item doesn’t necessarily touch a child’s head, doesn’t mean it is free from head lice or nits. Items such as hoodies or jackets where lice could have fallen onto or brushed up against should also be deep cleaned. If these items cannot be washed, dry clean them or wipe them down with bleach water.
#6 – Headphone and Earbuds
Did you know that head lice are found most commonly around the crown of the head or behind the ears? For this reason, headphones or earbuds that are shared by multiple children, or teens are often an overlooked culprit for passing on head lice or nits. Make sure these items are properly cleaned and talk to your teen about not sharing items with friends.
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 America wants to help you through this challenge any way that we can.
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 America is your best source for solutions to your head lice problem. Call our clinic today to schedule a visit!
As head lice are becoming a more difficult problem to eliminate all across the country you may have heard a new term that you aren’t familiar with. A lice clinic is a place you can go to seek professional advice and treatments that work immediately in eliminating your head lice problem. We can offer a diagnosis, affordable and reliable solutions for your specific problem, and give you peace of mind that we back our treatments with a guarantee that your head lice problem will be eliminated.
Head lice have been developing immunities to over the counter shampoos and treatments over the years. This has left many parents at their wit’s end trying to deal with head lice on their own. Home treatments that require weeks of applications and home remedies that offer no real solutions are a thing of the past! Lice Clinics of America are your professional, affordable and stress-free solution for dealing with head lice. Lice Clinics of various names and treatments are popping up all over the world in places like Australia, England, Spain, Denmark and the United States. This is because people are starting to turn to lice clinics to deal with the stress of head lice.
How is Lice Clinics of America different?
Lice Clinics of America offer our clients a revolutionary, state of the art head lice treatment that is guaranteed to leave you head lice free in a single treatment. The AirAllé® system is an FDA cleared medical device that uses modern technology to dehydrate head lice AND their eggs in a 90 minutes process that will leave you head lice free. Our knowledgeable staff can help you determine the extent of your specific problem and which treatment solution will be most affordable and effective for your families needs.
We understand that each situation, each head of hair and scenario is unique and needs to be treated specifically to your needs. We will listen to your concerns, eliminate your fears and help you understand the best way to solve your head lice problem.
Our Staff of Professionals Is Here to Comfort You
One of the best parts of our job is the passion we feel about helping people. We are not passionate about head lice, but about helping families to eliminate the headache of head lice from their lives. We have helped thousands of people, just like you to become head lice free. We offer an environment where you can feel at peace, knowing you are not alone. We know that anyone can catch head lice and no one will make you feel embarrassed or ashamed to be dealing with this common problem. We will work discreetly and quickly to help you end your head lice problem in the most affordable and viable way for your family.
There are a few common reasons that people continue to be plagued with head lice in their home. Are you one of those parents who has worked tirelessly with home remedies, over the counter shampoos, deep cleaning your home and nitpicking your child’s head only to realize a few weeks later – the problem has returned?! Here are some of the facts about head lice and why these methods just aren’t foolproof.
-Kids are most likely to get head lice, but parents can catch it, too! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teach us that children between the ages of 3-10 are the most common victims of head lice. Why? Head lice are passed most often through direct head to head contact. Children at preschool, kindergartens, elementary schools or just living and playing amongst other children are more likely to have direct head to head contact and pass along head lice. That can mean that they bring it home and give it to mom and dad as well! If you have not checked EVERY member of your household for head lice, you are likely going to continue to have a problem. Our clinic offers head lice checks if you are unsure what to look for.
-Home remedies are NOT an effective, proven method against head lice and their eggs. Many mothers and fathers will go for the inexpensive, non-chemical methods such as essential oils, mayonnaise, vaseline or several other online ideas they can pick up from blogs. Unfortunately, these methods will do little in actually killing active head lice and especially their unhatched eggs from hatching in 7-9 days. Even if the suffocation methods kill the adults, in a few days time you will have a whole new generation of head lice pop up. These methods can also be dangerous, such a kerosene, or using plastic wrap on your child’s head. We do NOT recommend such ways to eliminate head lice and hope you will steer clear of these old wives tales.
-Drugstore treatments have an active ingredient, pyrethrin, that does NOT kill head lice anymore. Over the years the overuse of these products has resulted in a new generation of head lice that show strong immunities to them. In fact, people often use the product more often than recommended on the bottle in a desperate attempt to get rid of their head lice problem. This has resulted in lice shampoo burning children’s eyes causing irritation, tearing, scratches to the eye and even blurry vision. When it is inhaled it can cause damage resulting in a runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.
What can you do?
The most effective, proven treatment method against head lice is the AirAllé® medical device. This is an FDA-cleared head lice treatment that targets head lice AND their eggs using a dehydration method to kill active lice and prevent eggs from hatching. This process takes about 90 minutes and is painless and truly impactful. Lice Clinics of America has successfully helped hundreds of thousands of people eliminate their head lice worries in a single application. Our expert staff can perform head lice checks for your whole family, give you proper treatment advice and help you end the head lice nightmare. Call us today!
It is easy to fall out of a routine and let things slide during the summer vacation from school. Every parent knows that lazy summer days are an enjoyable time for kids. However, it is important as parents to help kids keep their minds sharp and active so that they can transition back to school without having fallen behind. Here are a few ways to help kids be school ready during the summer break:
-Keep a routine. Obviously there will be days during vacations or special times when a routine is out of the question. But, for normal summer days try to let kids know what the expectations are and have them stay on a schedule. Getting up every day, having a set list of things to do and then giving them an afternoon of free time is a great way to approach this. Kids thrive on a schedule and often need it to feel stability in their life.
-Read all summer long. Reading helps kids to retain the information they have learned throughout the year. It also helps them to increase their creativity, their vocabulary and stay interested in learning. Magazines, online resources, books, graphic novels, or even comic books are all good ways to engage their minds and provide opportunities for learning.
-Find them a penpal! There are programs like Students of the World that help international students find a penpal that they can get to know, learn from and develop a relationship with from a totally different part of the world. Learning about other cultures can help kids be more accepting, more creative, increase curiosity and become a more understanding, adventurous adult. These programs give them the opportunity to express themselves as well as they teach their new foreign friend about their world and who they are!
-Limit screen time.Pediatricians recommend that children have no more than two hours of screen time per day. This is also true in summertime. Just because children are home and have more free time doesn’t mean it should be spent playing video games all day. It is also recommended that tvs and electronics not be placed in children’s bedrooms. Open areas where the family can easily see what is going on is the safest approach for internet and electronic use.
-Have children help with everyday planning. Meal planning, vacation planning, family movie night planning – these are all ways to engage children and give them real life experience that can help them stay motivated to learn. Plus, this offers them the chance to understand what you do for them! They can learn to appreciate what it’s like to be an adult and learn skills that can help them in life.
-Help them earn money. Whether they are old enough for a real job or just need an opportunity to learn responsibility, earning money and learning to manage it is a vital skill in life. Often during the school year children are too busy to do this. Summertime provides a chance for kids to earn and learn while having fun! Things like lemonade stands, bake sales, car washes, walking dogs, mowing lawns or babysitting provide opportunities for growth and learning.
We hope these tips will help your family have a summer worth remembering. At Lice Clinics of America we love our community and are always looking for ways to strength the families who make it strong. Happy Summer!
Every parent can agree that there are moments we wish we could go back and have a do-over. Maybe we blurted out something we didn’t really mean in a moment of stress or lost our cool over something really small and unimportant. We have all be there. At Lice Clinics of America, we understand that learning your kid has head lice can definitely be one of those moments.
Our advice, take a moment to breathe, arm yourself with good information, and proceed with patience. Parents – you got this! Lice Clinics of America is here for you.
“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” Peggy O’Mara reminds us. Now is the perfect time for you as a parent to recommit to using positive language and building trust with your child.
With that said, here are a few things that every normal parent may have popped into their mind when just learning their kid is harboring head lice. We recommend avoiding them at all costs:
“Who have you been playing with? Those kids are so dirty!”
“Yuck! Please don’t hug me. I don’t want to catch it!”
“It’s so gross! So Creepy!”
“How could this happen, haven’t you been careful? Have you been showering?”
“Oh no, now I have to tell all your friends and neighbors that you have head lice!”
Here are a few things to remember to help you avoid the negative commentary:
#1- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that between 6 to 12 million children will pass along head lice every year in the United States. That’s a lot of kids dealing with this issue. And, that number is only on the rise. The new generation of “super lice” that are showing immunities to pyrethrum, the active ingredient in over the counter shampoos are making head lice rampant in some parts of the country. So, rest assured. You are not alone in this problem.
#2 – Shampooing and bathing alone do NOT kill head lice or nits. Contrary to popular belief, getting head lice does not mean that someone is dirty or unkempt. In fact, head lice have no preference over clean or dirty hair. A host is a host to them. Also, head lice are able to survive for several hours underwater. This is why water and shampoo do not kill them.
#3 – When your child contracts head lice it is very courteous to let close friends parents know, teachers and possibly coaches or other adults who might be able to help make sure it is not becoming a huge problem in the community. However, it is not something that every child needs to know. Keeping it as discreet as possible by communicating with trusted adults is the best approach. Kids can get as embarrassed and hurt by gossip or rumors as adults. Sometimes even much worse than adults. Keep in mind their feelings and proceed with discretion.
#4 – Children look to their parents for safety and security. You are their anchor. Remember to be the adult, use your words carefully and try to keep a positive and uplifting attitude in this difficult situation. Use it as an opportunity to build trust between you and your child. They will start to believe you can help them through any tough situation in life.
#5 – Lice Clinics of America is the most reliable source for diagnosing head lice, removing head lice and keeping your home head lice free. Call our offices today with any questions or concerns you may be feeling. We understand. We are here to help you!
Lice Clinics of America offers a new revolutionary treatment in head lice prevention. The AirAllé® Treatment is a product that uses the science behind dehydration to effectively kill head lice without harsh chemicals or fumes.
Did you know, in 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their recommended procedures against head lice to include the use of our modern, amazing product?
“The AirAllé® (Larada Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT) device is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice. One study showed that subjects had nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice.”
Here is Why!
#1 – The AirAllé® Treatment contains no harsh chemicals or harmful fumes.
In the 1990s new products were introduced to the market that used the active ingredient Pyrethrum to kill head lice. These over the counter shampoos and powders required three distinct treatments in order to properly work. Because of anxiety to get rid of head lice, some parents misuse the products resulting in rashes, burns, or sensitivity to the skin on the scalp. Often times this can even result in needing a pediatrician. Our treatment uses absolutely no harsh chemical and does not emit harsh fumes, making it much safer and environmentally friendly.
#2 – The Treatment is Fast and Painless
The AirAllé® Treatment requires between 60-90 minutes from start to completion. The process uses a machine that directs mildly warm air onto the scalp, drastically eliminating moisture. This dehydrates the head lice and leaves the scalp virtually head lice free. This painless method proves no risk of burning, irritation and is done once and you are head lice free.
#3 – No Repeat Application is Necessary
Over the counter treatments explain right on the label that the product needs to be applied once, reapplied again 7-9 days later, and yet applied a third time 7-9 days after that to ensure all newly hatched eggs are killed as well. The AirAllé® Treatment guarantees that you will not need another treatment. Our method is over 99.9% effective at eliminating head lice and requires only the one sitting. Who wants to spend their time worrying about head lice weeks at a time? Not with the AirAllé® Treatment. We can get you in, out and on with life.
#4 – “Super Lice” Are Not So Super Compared to the AirAllé® Treatment
Reports have been sweeping the country of super lice that show immunities to the active ingredient, pyrethrum, in over the counter head lice shampoos. In fact, in over 48 states there have been cases of super lice reported that prove to be unaffected by over the counter treatments that used to work. This may be because overuse of the products for years have caused head lice to develop a tolerance for it. The AirAllé® Treatment is completely effective against all types of head lice. Super lice are no match for the dehydration power of the AirAllé® device. This is clearly a better option than dealing with the headache of weeks of shampoos that won’t work anyway.
#5 – Head Lice AND Eggs are both killed by the AirAllé® Treatment
What a lot of parents are discovering is that super lice or not, shampoos and powders do not kill the lice eggs, or nits present on the head. The AirAllé® device uses a motion of hot air to dehydrate head lice AND their eggs in a single, 60-90 minute application. This process is virtually painless, over 99.9% effective at killing both eggs and nits and leaves parents feeling instant relief from a head lice outbreak. Otherwise, over the counter products need three separate applications to kill any new nits that have hatched since the last application. The AirAllé® Treatment just makes sense for the sake of your child, your pocketbook, and your own sanity.
Contact Lice Clinics of America today with any questions or concerns you may have about your head lice problem. We have helped hundreds of thousands of people eliminate head lice from their homes.
There is nothing as thrilling for kids as jumping into a cool, fun pool with friends and splashing around for hours during the heat of the summer days! Due to the expense of owning and maintaining a private pool, for many kids, the only option is a public pool often overcrowded with children. As a parent have you ever wondered, what are the risks associated with public pools and head lice? Are children at greater risk for contracting head lice during the summer? What do I need to know to protect my children while swimming during the summer months?
You have questions and Lice Clinics of America has answers. Here’s the scoop on swimming and head lice:
Can Head Lice Swim?
When head lice are put under water they go into survival mode. Gripping tightly with the claws on the tip of each leg, they literally hang on for dear life and most often are able to keep a tight grip. If a louse does lose grip and is knocked off the host head, it will float at the top of the water for hours. In fact, an adult louse can hold their breath for over 4 hours, quite an amazing fete. This is why bathing and shampooing hair does NOT kill head lice. So, ultimately head lice cannot swim but they can survive in water for many hours.
Can Head Lice Be Transferred Through Water?
If a louse is floating in the water it is possible, but highly unlikely, that it would be able to grasp onto a new host head. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the biggest threat for contracting head lice during swimming is through the sharing of towels. The interwoven fabric of towels is the perfect place for head lice to grasp onto and lay in wait for their next human head. Laying on towels, drying bodies and especially drying off hair are all a realistic way that head lice can be transferred from person to person while swimming.
Doesn’t Chlorine Water Kill the Head Lice?
No. Scientists have debunked the myth that chlorine water kills head lice. They can survive it for several hours and not be affected.
How Can I Protect My Kids From Getting Head Lice at Swimming Pools?
If you are concerned about contracting head lice while swimming the best option would be using a swimming cap. This would protect the hair from any contact of a live louse. Most importantly, talk to your kids about NOT sharing towels at the pool. This is the best way to prevent head lice at the pool.
Is Summer Time the Most Active Time for Head Lice Outbreaks?
Some people think that head lice are more prevalent in the warmer months because of weather. Actually, the biggest factor for the transfer of head lice is direct head to head contact from people. Therefore, summertime is a high time for head lice outbreaks not because of the heat, but because children spend more time together at summer camps and playing outside. The most common time for outbreaks we see is summer camp, spring break, back to school, and extended vacation times from school such as Christmas break.
Summer camps all across the United States report that head lice are a common problem for them. According to the The American Camp Association, there are about 7,000-overnight camps and about 5,000-day camps in the U.S., for a total of more than 12,000 camps. These camps are attended each year by more than 11 million children. Many of these camps contact local professionals to provide head lice screenings in hopes of preventing an outbreak. Others do not even have a plan if someone is diagnosed with head lice.
Why Is Summer Camp Prime Time for Head Lice?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, “Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk….Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the (camp) has nothing to do with getting head lice.”
Summer camp brings kids together! They spend days living close together in tents or cabins, sharing clothing, sleeping near each other, and spending all day with their friends. This gives head lice more opportunities than normal to transfer from one head to another.
Children also become more close-knit and tend to share things they normally wouldn’t. Whether its a sweatshirt, a swimming towel or a teddy bear, kids who are staying together become closer and borrow things more frequently.
Does Your Summer Camp Provide Head Lice Screenings?
There are several ways to ensure that your child is protected against head lice during summer camp. Checking with their camp policies and procedures is a great way to start. Some camps will send a child home if they show signs of head lice. Others will simply treat the problem at camp. Lice Clinics of America is an excellent resource for providing camp screenings and offering onsite treatments if needed. If your camp doesn’t have a plan in action, suggest they contact our offices today to determine what would work best for your summer camp.
How to Keep Kids Head Lice Free at Summer Camp
Don’t send your child to camp without first ensuring they do not already have head lice. Take the time to perform a head lice screening on your own child. Using a nitpicking comb, look through the child’s hair for any signs or traces of head lice. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lice Clinics of America for help. We also offer head lice screening in the clinic and can show you what to look for.
Contact your local Lice Clinics of America for any preventative products that may be able to help your child during summer camp. We offer safe, affordable shampoos, conditioners, and sprays that deter head lice from making your child’s scalp a host.
Talk to your kids about the ways head lice are commonly transferred. Teach them that direct head to head contact poses the greatest risk. That means snuggling, hugging, sitting next to someone, or even standing closely.
Remind them not to share personal items, hair brushes, blankets, etc. Ensure they understand that these belongings could pass along nits, or lice eggs and cause an infection. Even things such as electronic devices with earbuds or headphones could transfer head lice.
Reassure children that people with head lice are not bad or dirty. Anyone and everyone is at risk. Teach them that there are safe and painless ways to eliminate head lice and possibly prevent it.