Heads Up Parents: Be on the Lookout for Head Lice at Back-to-School Time

look out for head lice at back to school timeLiceDoctor advises families to be vigilant about head lice at this time of the year; August and September are the peak months for head lice infestations. As children return to school after a summer of play dates, camp, and the local swimming pool, they often bring with them unwanted guests: head lice. Head lice are primarily passed along through head-to-head contact, therefore, children coming into close contact with each other facilitates transmission. The bad news is that chemical treatments are ineffective, as lice have developed a resistance. The positive news is there are all-natural methods which are 100% effective in treating lice infestations. During this peak lice season, it’s important to be armed with knowledge about head lice. As many parents in the area attempt to avoid or rid their children of head lice, LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service offers valuable tips on preventing, identifying and treating head lice:
  • The best way to prevent your child from passing along a case is to do quick checks in the hair before sending children to school or on play dates. Divide hair into small sections and try to look at hair closely. NOTE: capitalize on outdoor sunlight to help you to see more clearly.
  • Know that not everyone shows signs of itching. Your child may have lice and not be bothered by them.
  • You are looking for eggs (nits) that are translucent and stuck to the hair. Nits stick to the hair; dandruff flakes off. Bugs have six legs and they crawl; they don’t fly. Note that you can not transfer nits from head to head.
  • Lice on paper towel - LiceDoctors Picture of nits and lice If you see signs of nits or lice, you must comb and/or pick them out. Lice do not go away on their own. OTC and Rx shampoos are often ineffective as the lice have mutated and become impervious to these products. If you leave a couple of nits in the hair, the case will start up again. add with caption “Picture of nits and lice”
  • If you find signs of lice or nits in your child’s hair, alert her friends who have been in close contact with your child.
  • You want to put a protective layer around the hair to make it more difficult for the bug to climb up the hair; lice repellent, gel, or spray are good options.
  • Make sure the hair is braided or up. The hair should be as close to the head and as inaccessible as possible.
  • Since head to head contact is by far the most common way to transfer lice, it is best to encourage kids to avoid that when possible.
  • Families and friends should not share brushes or caps, although bugs only live off the head for a day. Focus your efforts on the head, not the house.
  • Bring your own pillow for sleep over dates. Again, remember that head to head contact is the most likely way to get lice.
Picture of LiceDoctors technican on the job! LiceDoctors technican on the job!” Lice treatment is labor-intensive and challenging as the nits camouflage in the hair. If you want the treatment to be done successfully, you may want to call us for help. Make sure whichever company you call gives you a 100% guarantee on their head lice removal service. ADD PICTURE With caption “LiceDoctors technican on the job!” About LiceDoctors LiceDoctors treatment protocol was developed 20 years ago by our on-staff medical doctor, is all-natural, and is completely effective. LiceDoctors has successfully treated over 150,000 clients. Each of our lice operators undergoes an intensive training and is dispatched directly to the privacy of the clients’ homes. Call 800-224-2537 or go to our page at www.licedoctors.com for a local phone number and further information.