What Are Kids Thinking When They Catch Head Lice?

A big part of what we do at Lice Clinics of America, Ft. Wayne is to help families through the headache of a head lice outbreak. This problem can leave parents with feelings of being overwhelmed, fear of spreading to others in the household, and not sure where to start to get rid of the problem. But, did you ever stop to think what children might be feeling when they contract head lice?

We decided to talk to a few kids who have recently dealt with a case of head lice themselves. Ashton age 8, Michael age 7, and Tate age 12 were happy to help us. Here’s what they had to say:

 

Question #1 – “What are Head Lice?”

Michael remarked, “Head lice is really little bugs that have sticky stuff that sticks them to your hair. I think you can get them from outside.”

Ashton answered, “Head lice is where you have little bugs in your hair. You have lice bugs. Head lice they eat your hair. I am just guessing because they like to go on our head.”

Tate told us, “Head lice are like really tiny bugs. They are only like a tiny speck so you can’t see them. I think they eat bacteria.”

These kids were a little unsure about the facts of head lice. As parents, it is our job to teach kids the basics about how to prevent head lice. Teach them that head lice are most often contracted through direct head to head contact. When kids spend their day with friends giving a hug, playing together in the backyard, sitting closely on a couch to play video games are all scenarios where kids can easily catch head lice. Knowing not to share hair brushes and accessories, hats, pillow, towels, or even hoodies can go a long way in prevention for kids.

 

Question #2 – “How did you know you had head lice? How did you feel?”

Tate said, “I felt like there were little bugs in my hair. I wanted to wash my hair like super, heavy duty, for like a really long time all day and all night. I wanted to get them out as soon as possible because it was gross.”

Michael replied, “I think it felt kinda ticklish and like a pain in my hair. I felt super scared and worried that I could get creeped out. I was worried I could get hurt.”

Ashton told us, “I was just taking a shower and then my mom sits on the couch, and I sit on the floor and then she combs my hair. With the bottom of the comb she was combing my hair and she found them. She tried to get all the bugs out with it. I felt so scared. I HATE bugs and I only wanted to sleep on the floor because I was scared the bugs were on my bed!”

We might not realize that head lice can leave kids feeling dirty, unsafe, embarrassed and even worried for their safety. Parents need to reassure their children that although head lice are extremely annoying, they are not life-threatening. Assure children that you will help them with this problem and that they are not dirty or unkempt. Anyone can catch head lice, no matter how often they wash their hair or bathe. These stresses and anxieties if left unresolved can cause poor performance in school, feelings of inadequacy, and the need to withdraw themselves from friends and family. Teach kids the truth about head lice. Help them feel confident and safe.

 

Question #3 – “How did you feel after your treatment and your head lice was gone?”

Michael remarked, “I was so happy I wanted to throw a party!”

Ashton told us, “I felt so happy and relieved! I would not share brushes and hats with any more second graders!”

Tate said, “I felt like I was clean and felt a lot better. I felt like I could be around people again.”

These answers made us at Lice Clinics of America, Ft. Wayne feel proud. We love to help people feel relief and comfort after dealing with the stressful problem of head lice. This is why we offer the latest, most effective, fast and painless treatment available for head lice removal.  Lice Clinics of America uses the AirAllé® (pronounced air-a-lay) FDA-cleared medical device to eliminate head lice in one quick hour-long treatment. We guarantee your child will walk away head lice free.

 

 

Did You Know?

Head lice is a huge problem, worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the United States alone  6-12 million children between the ages of 3 to 11 will contract head lice each year. Unfortunately, due to immunities that head lice are now showing against over-the-counter treatments and shampoos, that number is only to go rise.

 

Why are Children More Often Prone to Head Lice?

Children are much more susceptible to head lice because they do not understand personal boundaries. Head lice do not jump, fly or hop. The number one way head lice are contracted is through direct head to head contact. As children interact in large groups at schools, daycares, playdates, sports programs, or even just at home in their own yards they are often up close and personal with one another. Be aware, adults who live in the same household as small children are much more likely than other grownups to contract head lice.