Our Story: The Headache of Head Lice

I am a mom of two awesome kids and had never had to deal with head lice. My oldest daughter is a JV soccer player and she loves being a part of the team. My son is a football player and has made some pretty great friends through his team. Our family values this time that our kids can take advantage of high school sports programs and gain the self-confidence and teamwork skills that come with that.

I am just a normal sports mom, an avid fan and frequently found helping with fundraisers, carpooling to swimming parties or running the concession stands. Along with all these responsibilities it never once occurred to me that I should be worried about my sports players contracting head lice. From what I knew, head lice was usually something that happened to smaller kids in elementary school. My kids were well past that.

Wrong.

I was braiding my daughter’s hair for a soccer tournament and I discovered a few unusual white specks. I pulled them out of her hair and brushed them to the side, thought it was likely hairspray residue or dry scalp from the sun. I didn’t think about it for another week or so. Then she came to me and said she was itchy. I looked again. This time there were a lot more white flecks and I knew there was a problem.

My husband ran to the store and grabbed a few bottles of head lice shampoo. We checked my son to be sure he was ok. He wasn’t. He also had head lice. I felt so upset with myself! How did I let this escalate and didn’t even know there was a problem? I was confused and just couldn’t wait to get rid of the lice.

We washed their hair, applied the medicated shampoo. Then we sat for a few hours and picked nits out of every possible place on their head we could look. It was not a fun process for anyone.

After thoroughly cleaning the house, I legitimately thought the problem was solved. Whew….that was hard, but over.

Wrong again.

A few weeks later I heard a rumor that some other girls on my daughter’s soccer team had head lice. Okay, that makes sense now. When we got home I checked her head again, just to be sure. She had head lice – AGAIN! I guess actually, still. The problem had never actually been resolved.

I decided to bite the bullet and talk to the other moms on the team who I had heard had head lice also. Thankfully, one of them suggested I call Lice Clinics of America. She had never been more right! They were so professional, helpful and actually knew how to kill the head lice AND the eggs. I am so grateful for their help. I was at a loss of what more I could do. Thank you Lice Clinics of America for solving our head lice dilemma!

 

Things I Learned From This Experience:

– Don’t assume your family is immune to head lice.
– Talk to kids about all the ways head lice can be contracted.
– Over the counter head lice shampoo is not really effective at killing head lice.
– There are better options than sitting and nitpicking out all the eggs you can find on the scalp.
– Young kids are not the only ones who are at risk for head lice.

Just How Common Are Head Lice?

When a case of head lice hits your home a million questions can run through your mind! How common is head lice? Is it dangerous? Should I take my child to a doctor? How did they catch it? Here is the low down on a few quick things every parent in your situation should understand:

 

-Rest assured, head lice is extremely common. There is no way to know the exact number for sure, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 12 million children between the ages of 3-11  in the United States will contract head lice every year. That number is on the rise in recent years as “super lice” have taken the industry by surprise.

 

-Head lice are showing up in more and more Jr. High Schools and High Schools across the country as super lice are creating a more rampant problem. Some experts also believe that selfies, personal technology being shared and other current trends could be to blame for a higher rate of teenagers showing symptoms of head lice.

 

-Head lice are one of the top three reasons children reportedly miss school. This is a problem because often school districts no-nit policy will prevent a child from returning to school or school activities for days or weeks at a time. Check with your local school nurse to find out what policies your school implements.

 

-Head lice are not dangerous. They are not considered a health risk but are considered an extreme annoyance. Although you will definitely want to eliminate the problem as quickly as possible, it is not posing a dangerous health factor.

 

-Head lice may not be dangerous, but they are extremely contagious. Head lice are most commonly spread through direct head to head contact. This includes contact with anything that is worn on the head or comes in contact with the head, such as helmets, hats, hoodies, earphones, hair brushes, etc.

 

-No matter what you may have heard in the past, head lice are not a sign of personal cleanliness. Head lice thrive in clean hair or dirty hair.

 

-Pets pose no risk for the transfer of head lice. In fact, human head lice can only survive on a human host. If they have lost access to a human host they will die within 48 hours.

 

-Direct head to head contact is most common among people living in the same household. For this reason, always have every member of your family living in the same home checked and treated for head lice. Otherwise, you may have a recurring problem on your hands.

 

-The most common times we see head lice outbreaks are at summer camps, spring break, winter break and back to school. These are times when many children spend time in close proximity to one another. Although head lice are often transferred during sports seasons, slumber parties, at daycares or any other time children spend a lot of time together.

 

Lice Clinics of America Ft. Wayne is positive that we can help alleviate your concerns, answer your questions, and help you quickly solve your head lice dilemma. Call our office today to talk about treatment options that will suit your family’s needs.

 

Why Can’t We Get Rid of Head Lice?

Parents who have dealt with head lice can sympathize that it is a very stressful situation. Imagine the feeling of realizing a few weeks after you’ve dealt with it, that you didn’t really get rid of it! Some parents come to us admitting they’ve tried four or five times on their own to eliminate head lice from their home, only to find it again. How infuriating! Lice Clinics of America can help you be rid of head lice once and for all. We deal with head lice every day and understand the headache it can cause to a household.

 

Here are a few common reasons we see why head lice may quite literally keep coming back to bite you:

 

  1. Shampoos and treatments from the store do NOT work. Over the years the active ingredient in mainstream head lice shampoos, pyrethrin, has become ineffective against head lice. The product itself does not even claim to kill lice eggs, or nits that will hatch after 7-9 days and a whole new set of head lice will be there to bother you. Shampoos like this have been overused for generations, causing head lice to develop a tolerance for it. It simply does not kill them or their eggs anymore. In fact, they can be dangerous if an overzealous parent misuses the product in an attempt to eliminate head lice. The National Pesticide Information Center states that children have suffered burns, blurry vision, itching, and inhalation problems from overuse of these products.
  2. Home remedies are not a proven route against head lice. Many bloggers or online websites will claim that home methods, all natural products or old wives tales are the way to go. We understand that these things like mayonnaise, kerosene, essential oils, or vaseline are just not proven methods of destroying head lice. We also recommend that you never use plastic wrap on your child’s head or kerosene to rid yourself or a child of head lice. Even if a product were to suffocate the adult head lice on a scalp, the nits or lice eggs would still be able to hatch. These methods will just not help you in the long run.
  3. Kids can pass head lice along to anyone in their household. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages 3-10 are most likely to catch head lice. Often when dealing with a child that has head lice, parents can overlook the fact that others in the household may have also caught head lice. Parents, older kids, grandparents or teens are all at risk of catching head lice when a child living in that house has a problem with it. Head lice are most often passed along through direct head to head contact. Hugging a child, sitting near a child, reading a book, watching television, sharing a couch, or a hairbrush are all scenarios when it could easily be transferred to others living together. Make sure that all family members are checked for head lice before assuming the problem is gone.

 

Now what should I do?

Lice Clinics of America offers head lice checks for your whole family at our local Ft. Wayne clinic. We can help you diagnose if there is a problem and offer you the latest, most effective technology available in ridding your family of head lice in a single treatment. The AirAllé® medical device is our preferred treatment option that guarantees to be over 99% effective in a single treatment. We have helped thousands of people end their head lice problem. Contact us today so we can help you!

What to Expect at a Lice Clinic

What to Expect at a Lice Clinic

Lice Clinic is a fairly new term that many people might not be familiar with. This new revolution in head lice care and treatment is moving across the nation as more and more people are realizing the amazing benefits of choosing Lice Clinics of America to eliminate their head lice problem once and for all.

Let us bring you up to speed! Lice Clinics are your source for determining what head lice solutions will be most affordable, effective and beneficial for your family. We offer head lice screenings by professional staff members who know what to look for and can identify if any members of your household have head lice or nits and how to be rid of them. We know that head lice cause panic and stress like no other problem! We are here to help you!

Head lice clinics or salons are popping up all across the globe in places like Australia, Denmark, Spain, England, and the United States. This better solution to head lice is helping families get rid of their head lice problem in a one and done treatment, instead of weeks of shampooing, nitpicking and worrying you still have a head lice problem.

 

Why Go to a Lice Clinic?

First of all, the misdiagnosis of head lice can be a huge factor. Head lice are almost transparent in color, making them camouflaged and blended in with the hair on a scalp. They can be very difficult to actually spot as they tend to scurry quickly away from direct sunlight. Nit, or eggs of lice, are frustrating to identify as well as they resemble dandruff. Professional eyes are always helpful in knowing exactly what you are dealing with. Every member of your household should be screened for head lice when anyone is showing symptoms.

Secondly, we offer solutions that are proven to work and over 99.9% effective in killing head lice in a single treatment. Over the counter products and home remedies are no match for the head lice of today. Head lice have built up strong immunities to the active ingredient in these products from the years of misuse they have been on the market. They often require weeks of applications, weeks of nitpicking and hoping that you removed and killed every individual nit or louse on the scalp. No longer! Our team of head lice experts will introduce you to the revolutionary AirAllé® system that we most often recommend. This is an FDA-cleared medical device that literally changed the way head lice are treated.

Thirdly, we deal with head lice on a daily basis. We know that anyone and everyone is at risk. Our clinic is a professional, safe and relaxing environment where you can come for solutions and a non-judgemental or worrisome experience. We didn’t get into the head lice business because we are obsessed with head lice. We do this because we are passionate about helping the people in our community who are experiencing stress and turmoil from a head lice outbreak.

Let our Lice Clinic of America Ft. Wayne help you with support, expertise and an affordable solution to your head lice worries. Call us today to schedule your screening.

 

Head Lice and Swimming: Here Are The Connections

Children all over the country love to swim during the hottest times of the year. Summer months are full of opportunities for kids to splash around with friends and family creating awesome memories near the pool. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford the luxury of a private home pool. That means most often we are swimming with crowds of people hoping to beat the summer heat. Crowds can mean head lice outbreaks. What does swimming mean for head lice? Can head lice swim? Does chlorine kill them? Here are the facts every poolside parent should know this summer:

 

Can Head Lice Swim?

No, not really. Head lice are not swimmers, however, they are survivors. When head lice are put under water they go into ultimate survival mode. This means they can hold their breath for extended periods of time, over four hours. Head lice have strong claws on the tip of each of their six legs. They use these claws to grasp onto hair strands and stay safely on their host head until brought up out of the water again. For this reason, head lice DO NOT die from swimming, shampooing hair or bathing.

 

What are the Chances of Getting Head Lice in the Water?

In the event that a louse is knocked off into the water, it will float to the top. As it floats it is possible that it would be able to attach to a new host head if it came up right next to it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is highly unlikely. The riskiest thing children will do at the pool is sharing towels. The interwoven fabric of towels is an ideal place for head lice to grasp and lurk until they find a new host. If another child uses it to dry off their body, dry their hair or lay down they are more likely to contract head lice than swimming in the water.

 

What about the Chlorine? Does it Kill Head Lice?

The chlorine in swimming pools has been shown to NOT kill head lice.

 

What can I do if I am Worried About Head Lice at the Pool?

Wearing a swimming cap is always an option if you are overly concerned. However, the biggest way to prevent spreading at the pool is to talk to kids about not sharing towels.

 

Is Summer the Most Prevalent Time for Head Lice Outbreaks?

Some people will tell you that warm months are prime time for head lice outbreaks. That is not exactly true. Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head to head contact. During the summertime, children are often playing closely together outside, on vacations or at camps. For this reason, there are many outbreaks in the summer, but not due to the weather rather the increase in contact with other children.  The most common times we see outbreaks are summer camp, back to school, spring break, and any extended vacations from school such as Christmas break.

 

What is Your Summer Camp’s Head Lice Policy?

Summertime is prime time for kids to go away to camps. There is nothing quite like an adventure away from home, under the stars, hiking, camping and experiencing mother nature. According to 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.

One of the most common problems reported by these camps is the outbreak of head lice. Various policies and procedures are usually put in place to help with this. Some camps offer head lice screenings during camp and on the spot treatment, sometimes provided by local Lice Clinics of America. Other camps contact parents for the child to be removed from camp as soon as an infection is discovered. Some camps offer lice treatment shampoos and leave the child on the campsite. Alarmingly still, others have no policy in place and are often left scratching their heads about how to handle the situation.

 

Why is Summer Camp Such a Problem?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infected 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 home or school (or camp) has nothing to do with getting head lice.”

Summer camp is all about close-knit bonding time between kids! They spend their days and nights together laughing, hugging, sleeping under the stars. This gives head lice more opportunities than normal to pass from head to head. Children are also much less concerned with personal space than adults. As they develop close friendships and spend time together, they are physically closer as well making head lice more transferable.

Another fact is the season, summertime creates warm environments where head lice are more prone to be active. They don’t become dormant in winter but are definitely more active in warm months where it is easier to spread.

 

How to Prevent Lice at Summer Camp?

Talk to your local Lice Clinics of America about preventative products that can be used to help ward off head lice. We offer shampoos, conditioners, and sprays that use lice deterrent ingredients humans cannot smell. These products are safe and quite effective at repelling head lice in the first place.

Notify the camp directors about what policies and procedures they have in place to prevent an outbreak. If your camp is not prepared, invite them to contact your local Lice Clinics of America to come up with a plan. We are a professional source for head lice screenings, prevention and safe treatments for head lice outbreaks.

Talk to your kids! Teach them how lice are contracted. Remind them not to share things like brushes, hats, blankets, pillows, towels or even headphones. Keep girls hair pulled back in braids or ponytails to prevent infection. Cut boys hair with short, trimmed styles that keep it protected from head lice.

Remind children that anyone is susceptible to head lice. Dirty people are not more prone to head lice.  Anyone is at risk. Make sure they feel safe and know it is not dangerous.

 

What Do I Do When My Child Returns Home?

Take the time to perform a head screening on your child. Keep in mind that head lice symptoms usually take a few weeks to fully manifest. The first indication will be eggs, or nits laid at the base of the scalp. Female adult lice lay 6-10 eggs per day. They are cemented to the base of the hair shafts, very near the scalp to prevent them from flaking off. This can help you determine between dandruff and nits. Still, don’t know what to look for? Lice Clinics of America offers head lice screenings at a low cost to help you determine if you have a problem.

Wash all their belongings on high heat settings. Any personal items used at camp that cannot be washed need to be sanitized with bleach or placed in the dryer on a high setting for 30 minutes.

 

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.