Does the thought of head lice on your kids scare you? We’ve all heard about the scurrying little bugs, the caustic OTC treatments, and the endless hours of combing and nitpicking!To help our local families prevent the occurrence of head lice, the staff at Lice Clinics of America Medford reached out to other Lice Clinics of America owners to compile a list of lice prevention tips, straight from the experts.
As you finish up the school year and begin your summertime schedules, keep these Pro-Tips in mind to help ensure your family stays lice free!
“Lice has changed, and is now referred to as Super Lice!What does this mean for you, and how do you prevent it?This means today’s lice is resistant to OTC treatment, and can take months to get rid of on your own.Therefore, the way to best prevent lice is to require that you are notified if a friend or classmate has lice!When lice is allowed to fester, unnoticed, it spreads more quickly. Request that your school or camp nurse send you notification when ever a case is found, and let other parents know you want to be kept in the loop if they find these lousy bugs!”
“Many times clients come to us and have no idea where they could have contracted head lice.They haven’t recently been around children, and don’t recall recent close contact with other adults.The only thing they report is recent travel on buses or planes.Our Pro-Tip for lice prevention is simple:Remember to drape a hoodie or light jacket over movie theater, plane or bus seats when you are out having fun!”
“Our staff come into contact with lice everyday.We keep them lice free by using our lice treatment oil once a week.The oil is a life saver, and it is super easy to apply and rinse out.If you receive notice of a lice infestation in your child’s class, preventive oil treatments are your answer.Instead of stressing yourself, just apply the special oil one time per week, wash it out thoroughly, and you will have nothing to worry about!”
“Most people love surprises, but no one ever wants to be surprised by head lice.The best thing you can do is to institute monthly or even weekly head checks for your little ones.Adding this one additional step to their end of week routine gives you a fighting chance for finding lice, before they wreak havoc.The next time you do your kids’ ponytails or hair braids, part their hair and quickly look through each portion for lice and nits.It shouldn’t take long, and an early catch will mean an easier treatment process.”
“Most people know about the healthful benefits of essential oils, but many people are unaware of the lice preventive properties of individual oils and scents.Peppermint oil, rosemary oil and tea tree oil are believed to be a winning combination in preventing lice.At our clinics we sell various hair ties or sprays that are infused with various combinations of these essential scents.Our Pro-Tip is to spray sleeping bags, pillows and sheets with a non pesticidal lice repellent spray before sleep overs or hotel stays!It is a quick and easy step, and it smells wonderful.”
There you have it! Some of our network experts weighing in on their most effective head lice prevention strategies. Please visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com to find a clinic and a head lice expert in your area.