As teenagers everywhere prepare for prom season and graduation here are a few tips from Lice Lifters Treatment Centers to prevent your teens from contracting head lice. We often see girls putting their heads together in photos. Most head lice cases stem from head to head or “hair to hair” contact. Perform a combing head check the next day on a wet head with a The Nit Nanny® Nit Removal Comb.
How you get head lice
- More than 90% of head lice cases come from head to head contact with an infected person (hair touching hair)
- Hugs (don’t give up hugging, just do regular head checks)
- Children working together in small spaces where heads touch (books/hand held video games)
- Cloth seats in the movie theater, on a bus, train, or plane
- Sharing dress up clothes, hats or hooded sweatshirts
- Lying on someone’s bed/pillow
- Sharing brushes or hair accessories
- Using someone’s towel
- Sharing a batting or safety helmet
- Trying on clothes or hats in stores
So, do you let your children play with children who have been known to have head lice?
The answer is yes, but when they come home from the play date perform a thorough combing head check on your child(ren). Our The Nit Nanny Nit Removal Comb is an effective head lice detection and nit removal tool. We cannot shield our children from contracting head lice completely but we can take steps for prevention. In addition, using The Nit Nanny Mint Detangler Spray daily as a lice deterrent is also good for peace of mind.
At Lice Lifters we also suggest girls wear their hair pulled back in a bun or braid in order to lessen the chances of contracting head lice. A louse is transferred via head to head or “hair to hair’ contact. Head lice cannot fly or jump from person to person.
Lastly, as spring helmet season is upon us, we suggest children have their own helmets for sports and biking. We suggest marking the helmet(s) clearly with your children’s name.
As parents, we have all worried and wondered about it: head lice. Just hearing the word makes you itchy and stressed. What parent doesn’t dread getting that note sent home in their child’s backpack that there have been cases of head lice in the classroom?
With winter being a particularly active time for head lice outbreaks, thanks primarily to extra clothing like hats and coats providing a convenient way for head lice to spread; we bring you some tips to help you survive an outbreak without losing your mind.
Lice (Pediculus capitis), tiny insects about the size of a sesame seed, are hardy creatures. They have been around since humans have been on this earth. Head lice do not discriminate between male and female, if a person has more money or less money, young or old, clean or dirty. Lice need warm hosts to feed and reproduce. Head lice are parasitic bugs that live only off of the blood of humans and not on dogs or cats.
They are most often found in the hair (head lice), but there are also body lice. Lice move fast and tend to avoid light. In school children, lice are easily spread due to the close contact. Adult lice can live on the human head for up to 30 days. It is important to check your school age children regularly for lice as part of good grooming habits. As creepy and crawly as they are to us, they can be fought off.
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With the holiday season comes a new burst of head lice cases. Don’t let your head become a new host for head lice.
In order to protect your family from this unwanted gift over the holiday season there are a few pre-cautions you can take. For girls, wear hair pulled back and use our The Nit Nanny Mint Detangler Spray before leaving the house as a deterrent. Of course boys are not immune from contracting head lice and should use The Nit Nanny Mint Detangler Spray as well as a deterrent.
Secondly, never share hats, coats, scarves, helemts or other personal items.
If you receive “that call” from a friend or relative that they have head lice and you or one of your family members were with them recently, perform a combing head check immediately on your entire family using our The Nit Nanny Lice & Nit Removal Comb. In addition, our The Nit Nanny Lice Solution Treatment can be applied as a pre-cautionary measure to treat live lice.
–Elizabeth Mishkin, Marketing Director Lice Lifters
Should you be concerned about head lice around Halloween time? Yes, you should.
While trying on costumes in Halloween stores, head lice could be trying your children on for a good fit.
If your child(ren) tries on a costume, with or without a hat attached, shortly after a child with a signifigant case of head lice, bugs can be transferred.
For more information on head lice detection and prevention, visit our web site at www.licelifters.com
Head lice are not a symbol of poor hygiene or lower class. They affect children of all income, social class and cleanliness. The bugs can survive underwater for up to six hours, so kids who bathe on a regular basis are just as susceptible. Do you know what you are looking for? Most people feel helpless when they are told their children have head lice and a sense of panic ensues.
Treat them safely and effectively at Lice Lifters® Treatment Centers with the FDA cleared LouseBuster and our The Nit Nanny® Product Line. You will leave our centers confident that you have done the right thing for you and your children.
In addition, take reasonable steps to help prevent your children from getting head lice again. Advise your children not to share hats or helmets with other children. Check your children’s hair with a good metal head lice comb weekly for live head lice and/or nits.
As you and your family finish your vacations with family and friends don’t risk bringing home more than memories. Be sure to check your children’s heads with a good metal comb for lice. Performing weekly head checks throughout the school year are recommended.
If you find even 1 nit, you need to…
- Treat properly using safe and effective products (be wary of OTC products that contain pesticides, lice have grown resistant to the pesticides)
- We recommend The LouseBuster™ treatment, a revolutionary way to desiccate nits so they will not hatch
- We also recommend the products used in our service, The Nit Nanny® products. Check our website for retail stores or order by going to the products tab of this web site
- Communicate with your community, car pools, play dates, school, teams, family and friends that you have lice
- Relax! Lice are harmless, just a nuisance. They have been around a long time. You will get rid of them
How to do a visual head check
- Check clean dry hair in sunlight or bright indoor light
- Inspect small sections of hair 1/4″ – 2″ from the scalp
- Look for tiny unmovable teardrop shaped nits, varying from cream to brown, on hair shaft
- If found treat properly and tell school, friends and family to check as well
How to do a Combing head check (This is the best way to check if you have a good metal nit comb)
- Perform on damp or towel dried hair and make sure it is free of tangles
- Section hair by clipping hair on top of the head leaving 3-4” of hair down in the back of the head at the nape of the neck
- Start combing with the metal nit comb by very gently scraping the comb along the scalp and dragging the comb all the way to the end of the hair shaft-be sure to comb in 4 directions
- Wipe the metal nit comb clean on a white paper towel after every few strokes of the comb
- Inspect paper towel for nits or lice (If unsure what you are finding, click on Nit Support to learn how we can inspect it for you.)
- If found treat properly and tell school, friends and family to check a few times for 3 weeks