While most parents worry least about Dad having lice out of everyone in the household, occasionally as an afterthought, people say “oh, wait...can you get lice in a beard!”. We have been treating head lice for over 20 years and have only come across beard lice three times, out of over half a million cases we’ve treated.
Head lice is the second leading cause of absenteeism from schools, after the common cold. Anyone with hair can get lice. Nobody of any age, gender, social status, ethnicity, or hair length is immune except someone who is totally bald.
Here you are on your long awaited annual vacation. All of a sudden, you get a little anxious; your friend picked up a case of head lice on her last foray from home. What are your chances of getting lice on your vacation?
Pregnancy is often one of the most rewarding times of a woman’s life, but also can be one of the most challenging. While pregnant, a mother’s primary focus is being as cautious as possible so she can provide a safe haven for her unborn child. So, what is a woman to do when she finds that she has lice while pregnant?
In my time as a technician I was able to learn many things by answering questions from my many clients. One of the questions I received was “Can dogs get head lice?” This particular client was unique in that their family dog was a shih tzu that did not have fur, but rather hair. So…can they?
If you are a new or first time parent like I was who has heard the horror stories of families being unable to get rid of lice easily, or who has had experience with head lice as a child, one of the many things that may be of concern would be is there a chance of lice in infants or lice in toddlers hair?
If you are like many parents, you may be minding your own business when you notice your child scratching his head. A light bulb goes off and you go and check to see if you see any unwanted signs of head lice. Right there in front of your face, you see a bug crawl out of the hair. After you have recovered from a heart attack, you run to get the clippers or scissors to shave or cut your child’s hair. Before you do that you check your daughter and she has it also! What is a busy parent to do? Shaving or cutting your child’s hair may be overkill and can produce lasting trauma in some children. Before you grab the razor, read below to find out more about short hair and buzz cuts and the impact, or lack of impact, they have on head lice.
Believe us when we tell you that you are not alone when it comes to getting head lice. Millions of children and their families get lice each year. Children are in close enough contact to their friends that lice can be transmitted easily.