Lice Clinics of America is a parent’s best source for all things head lice. We take great pride in the quality care we give to clients and the professional way in which we help families be rid of head lice. It is our goal to provide parents will the information they need to keep their family protected against head lice outbreaks.
With that in mind, it is always a good idea to take the proactive approach to prevention head lice. There is no cure-all that can ensure your family will never have a problem. But, there are some things you can take the initiative to do to help protect your family. Take a second to read through our tips and try to take action in your life.
Tips for Warding Off Head Lice In Your Home:
Teach Your Kids About Head Lice.
This doesn’t have to be an extensive research project or something that bores them. There are several fun websites that show detailed pictures, and give fast facts about head lice that kids would find interesting and fun. We suggest Easy Science for Kids as an excellent option. Many kids are confused about what head lice actually do or look like. This is a fun way to educate them and maybe help them understand more about prevention in the process.
Teach Your Kids How Head Lice Are Caught.
Many parents make the assumption that if their kids know sharing hair brushes if off limits, they have nothing to worry about. Not true. Did you know that head lice are actually caught most often through direct head to head contact? Sharing hair brushes, hats, pillows, sports equipment or similar items is a secondary way head lice are caught, not the primary way. If you kids are on sports teams, sharing lockers, reading books on bean bags at school, attending movie parties or any number of events where they are getting close to other kids, they are at risk. Also, teenagers are showing head lice infections at a more rapid rate in the past few years. This is because the handheld devices, electronics, headphones and selfies they are constantly taking is starting to make them more at risk.
Learn Symptoms and Signs of Head Lice.
The best thing we recommend is getting to know what to watch for in your own children. Symptoms of head lice actually take about three weeks to start showing after your child has caught head lice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer extensive explanations on what signs of head lice look like. Essentially, itchiness and irritation of the scalp will be a big indication. When head lice leave saliva and fecal matter on the scalp it can cause allergic reactions. When they eat they will leave red bite marks on the scalp. Children will feel itchiness, tickling sensations and be irritable at nighttime when head lice become more active. Eggs, or nits, will be visible throughout the crown of the head and behind the ears.
Check for Symptoms Periodically
A proactive parent will purchase a nitpicking comb, available from Lice Clinics of America, and use it every few weeks to inspect the head of their children. Take care to inspect behind and ears and the crown of the head, this is where head lice most often linger. The nits, or lice eggs, will be translucent in color and are attached to single hair strands. A glue-like substance is used to lay the eggs directly onto the hair, making them difficult to pull off. Unlike dandruff or hair spray residue, these eggs will not flake off or move easily. Lice Clinics of America also offers head lice checks in clinic if you are not sure what to look for. We can help you determine the extent of your problem and offer you real solutions to eliminating head lice for good. Call us today!