Updated on July 19, 2020
By Karen Sokoloff
Originally Posted April 2019
Updated April 14, 2020
You just paid to get rid of the lice in your child; the last thing you want is for her friends to re-infest her. How do you prevent the spread of lice so that your child is not a victim of lice transmission again?
We understand that you are concerned and you are worried for good reason. You have just paid good money for lice treatment for your family and you want to make sure that others are not contagious. You can’t keep your child locked away from other children, so what do you do?
Lice in Children Is Very Common
When you first discovered lice in your children, you may have been mortified. How could your child be someone who could get head lice? Lice transmission is for dirty people, right? Actually, poor hygiene is one of the falsehoods of head lice. If you have clean hair, you absolutely can get head lice. Records show that about 12 million children get lice each year. Unfortunately, your child was one of many innocent bystanders to get lice.
Fortunately, you found a lice treatment for kids that worked. Now you need to protect your investment and keep your child clear of lice!
Know How To Identify Lice and Nits
First of all, you need to be able to identify lice quickly should your child be exposed to lice again. The earlier you identify a case of head lice, the easier it is to cure. Head lice are parasites that crawl around on your scalp. They are particularly mobile at night because they prefer the dark to light. Lice are insects that have six legs and are lacking wings. They are 1/10 of an inch long. They lay eggs, called nits, which are glued onto the hair near the scalp. These nits are anywhere in size from a dot to the size of a sesame seed. Nits have a hard translucent shell and are oval in shape. They have a very narrow front and an antenna that comes out of the point. Since lice move very quickly and hide from the light, it is more likely that you will find nits than a live bug. Keep an eye out for lice in the hair especially when you hear that there is a lot of transmission of lice among your children’s friends
How To Recognize the Signs of Lice
If your child has had lice treatment, and you have managed to get rid of all the lice, then you are in a good place. You recognized the signs of lice, even if it took you awhile, and you took action. You may have seen an actual louse, or perhaps you saw your child scratch her head. There are several symptoms of head lice, and the more you know, the better prepared you will be to become a lice buster and catch a case early on, in other words know how to check for lice. LiceDoctors - Symptoms of Head Lice
- The most obvious sign of lice is itchiness of the head. If you or your child feels a persistent itch and you observe constant scratching, it is likely that you are still dealing with head lice. Some itchiness after treatment is normal, but it should subside quickly. It is interesting to note that the converse of this is not true. A lack of itchiness or scratching does not imply that you are lice-free. If you or your child has very few lice in the hair, you may not feel itchy. Also the people who feel the most itchy are those who have a more severe allergic reaction to the lice bites.
- The first place on the head that you should look for lice or nits is behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. You can find lice and nits all over the scalp, but they will most likely start biting in those two areas.
- You will more likely find nits than lice. Each louse lays six or more eggs a day in the hair. In terms of how long lice live, the answer is 30 days. One louse may leave 200 or more eggs in the hair. LiceDoctors - Life Cycle of Head Lice
- The more your child is around other children, the more likely it is that she will be a victim of lice transmission. Young children pass around head lice almost as easily as you can say pass the salt!
- Lice do not jump or fly nor are they carried by hair fairies. They do crawl from one child’s head to another; they climb up the hair onto their new home: your scalp.
- Lice start laying eggs as soon as they get in the hair. Again, this is all the more reason to be on the lookout to catch the case early on.
- According to Baby Center, your child may have any of these symptoms of lice: a tickling feeling on the head, feeling something moving on the scalp, itchiness, sores or rash caused by excessive scratching, and sleeplessness and irritability as lice are nocturnal.
Let Others Know So They Can Get Checked and Treated
We at LiceDoctors recommend that you call the parents of your child's friends to let them know that your child had or has lice and share with them how to recognize signs of lice in their children. You may be thinking, “This is the last thing that I want to do. I can’t imagine talking to people about lice transmission!” It's not the easiest call to make, but it will help you and these parents in the long run. They may not even realize that their child has been exposed to head lice. This gives them the opportunity to check their children and to take action so that they can ensure that their child is lice-free and so that she doesn't give it back to your child. LiceDoctors - How Do I Tell My Child's Friends' Parents That My Child Has Lice?
While you may dread that call, it will be worth it. We have been treating head lice for over 20 years and we are happy to report that the stigma of lice has diminished significantly. The reason for this is that lice have become so common-place. Parents have become more aware that getting head lice does not mean that you have poor hygiene. They realize that anyone can get head lice, no matter your hair color, hair thickness or texture, your skin color, age, gender, economic status, whether you use hair dye, etc.The experiences of our clients tell us that while the call is not an easy one to make, most recipients are nonjudgmental and appreciative to have the information. And if you have just spent good money paying for head lice treatment for your kids, you want to be sure that you cover all bases in protecting your child from a lice re-infestation.
Peri in Round Rock has two kids and the younger one had head lice. She was afraid that her child would get the lice back from friends, after she had spent money for us to eliminate the lice. She told us that she was pretty sure that her daughter’s two best friends also had lice. We strongly urged her to call the parents of these friends. She decided to do that, even though she was very nervous about it.
I really did not want to make those two calls. One of the moms in particular is very fussy and I really did not want to get a lecture about how much work she was now going to have to do to check and treat lice. To my surprise and relief, both of these moms were very gracious and appreciative. One of them said that her daughter had been scratching her head but she couldn’t see any signs of lice and the other one had no idea that her child might have lice. I explained to them both what to look for and within 15 minutes, they both called back to tell me that they did indeed find lice in the hair! Without that phone call, these two children would have surely given lice back to my daughter, as well as to others!
Lice Education is Key
Many schools have dropped their “no nit” lice policies. What this means is that school nurses generally do not check children for head lice. Any student can be sitting in a classroom with an active infestation and can pass the lice to other children. If your child has contracted a case of lice, you want to know sooner rather than later. Lice cases will not go away by themselves; they just get exponentially worse with time. We have seen cases with thousands of lice and lice eggs in the hair. Calling a friend and alerting her that her child may have been exposed to lice will give her the opportunity to check her child and potentially discover a case of lice at an earlier stage, when it is easier to treat and faster to remove nits.
The best way to try to prevent the transmission of head lice is to make people more educated about these unwanted visitors. The more we provide lice education to families, the more likely it is that parents can get on top of the problem at an early stage.
Lice can and will make their home on any available head. If a child is in school, she may not even be aware that she has a case of lice. For the first few weeks, she may experience no symptoms. Some children never feel itchy from lice bites. The only way to uncover a case of lice early on is to to be vigilant about checking your family. If you check for lice and nits on a weekly basis, you are fairly likely to find a case before your child can pass it along to others. Same goes for her classmates; the more kids who are checked for lice regularly, the less prevalent lice will become. Right now, head lice is a leading cause of kids’ missing school (almost at the level of the common cold), although with less stringent lice policies, more kids with nits are sitting in classrooms.
Ideally, schools should send out lice identification sheets so that people know exactly what they are looking for in the hair and what the best lice treatments are. Schools should not suggest that parents apply ineffective and potentially toxic drug store lice medication and chemical prescription lice treatments to the hair. There are safer and definitely more successful ways to kill lice. They certainly should not recommend that folks fumigate to kill lice in the house; this is not how to kill lice at home. You do not need to spend hours applying lice treatment for furniture or bedding. Schools should not advise parents to lock away toys for weeks or sanitize the house from floor to ceiling. Lice do not live on these surfaces; they reside on the head and the head is what should receive lice removal treatment. LiceDoctors - Change Lice Initiative in Schools
The Best Lice Treatment for Your Family
LiceDoctors operates under the guidance of a physician and is recommended by physicians, school nurses, camp directors, and, most important, by our many (over half million!) happy clients. And, LiceDoctors makes house calls! Your child can have lice removal at home, a place that is most familiar and comfortable for her.
Certainly after you've invested money and time in getting rid of head lice in your children, you want to do everything possible to ensure that the lice stay gone. You want to make certain that your child is not re-exposed. We take care of getting rid of the lice. We keep every case confidential. If a parent treats a child with a lice shampoo that doesn’t work, she may assume the child is lice-free and send that child out to the community. We have to work together to educate parents so that they use an effective lice removal protocol.
If you find head lice in your children call LiceDoctors in the Round Rock and Georgetown area and all nearby cities and towns and a caring, expert technician will come to your home to take care of your lice case. The best lice treatment is one that is affordable, successful, and where no chemicals are used so there are no side effects. LiceDoctors uses professional treatment remedies to kill lice and remove all nits. Your technician has the experience and track record and your lice treatment is guaranteed to leave you lice free. She is experienced and can find the nits in the hair, even the ones that are tiny and camouflage.
If you are concerned about lice treatment cost, know that LiceDoctors head lice treatment costs significantly less than those at a lice treatment center. The average price of a lice treatment from LiceDoctors is about half the cost of a lice clinic or lice salon. Treatments are completely private and provide the utmost in convenience as your technician will make a house call to you, when you want. Lice removal is covered by most FSAs and HSAs and by some insurance companies.
For more information on how to protect your family from getting future cases of lice, be sure to check out our Education Center and call LiceDoctors professional lice treatment, day or night, from 6 am to 11 pm, at 512-318-2929 for safe, non-toxic, and effective lice treatment.