A head-lice outbreak affects everyone!
Here are the biggest concerns:
- How to identify head-lice quickly and accurately.
- How to prevent the spread of lice.
- How to deal with lice in the home.
How to identify head-lice quickly and accurately.
Bugs crawling on the head This one is a little obvious, but it is a sure sign of lice. Take a look at the bang area around the ears and neck and the crown of the head.
White specks in the hair especially at the crown, neck or around the ears. Nits can look like dirt or sand in light colored hair. These are lice eggs (nits) and they don’t fall away when touched. In fact, they have to be pulled off with your fingernails. The nits are laid close to the scalp, to take advantage of the warmth and humidity of the head. Nits are usually seen in patches (nests) of 5-10 in the area the size of a coin and are within 1/8th to 1/4 inch from the scalp. Nits are sometimes found further away from the scalp and this can be a sign of having the infestation for quite some time. Nits are not contagious, but the bugs they hatch into most definitely are!
Other signs of lice that are not so obvious.
Tangled hair. Many kids will have hair so tangly that they cry when a parent tries to brush it. Why? If there is lice present the substance that glues the nits to the hair can be hard to brush through. Especially when there are lots of nits in the hair. This can lead to hair that is difficult to manage and looks messy.
Difficulty concentrating or grumpy behavior (abnormal behavior for the child). When a kid has head-lice he is not sleeping well at night because, the bugs crawling around are keeping him awake! Often, when a kid is asked if he is itchy, he will say, “No”, but ask if he is sleeping well at night and he may say, “not really!”
Checking the other kids.
- Isolate. Determine which kids in your household are the most likely to have lice. Kids with long hair, kids that share the same room or bathroom, kids that play together frequently are the most likely to share the bugs.
- Check everyone in the house. Check carefully for any signs of head lice. Look for bugs, white specks and scratch marks around the neck.
- Treat and Recheck. Treat those that are affected only. Family members that don’t show signs of lice should be rechecked for the next 2 weeks.
How to Prevent the Spread of Lice.
Lice are most contagious when there are lots of bugs on an individual’s hair. The more bugs the quicker it spreads!
Get rid of the bugs! There are a few ways to do this and they always involve a good lice comb. The National Pediculosis Society recommends against using chemicals such as Lindane and Malathione. An all natural/non-pesticide product can help. Anything that will slow the bugs down can be used. I personally like to use a heavy leave-in conditioner with dimethacone as the first or second ingredient. This washes out easily and makes combing with a lice comb easier. There are also natural methods on the market that both physically inhibit the bugs and lubricate the hair. These treatments make use of either dimethecone or dehydrating, all natural remedies (Vamousse), to help you along.
Anything that you use to treat the hair will be more effective if you comb with a good quality lice comb.
Get rid of the nits! You must use a comb for this step. It sounds daunting but if you have the right comb (LiceMeister) and any conditioner or pesticide free product, you can do this yourself. Hair Maidens can help by providing the right equipment with the right instructions for lice removal. The key to getting rid of lice is getting rid both bugs and nits. This takes a good comb out or two and repeated checks to make sure there is not breakthrough of lice.
How deal with lice in the home.
Cleaning the Environment. This really is a no brainer. Wash and Dry (Hot dryer) everything that came into contact with the head for the last 24 hours. If you can’t wash it, just don’t use it for three days.
Notify relatives, friends and neighbors. The only thing worse than your child having lice is not knowing that your child has lice. If your kid was playing with another child within the last 2 weeks, let the family know. It is easier to get rid of lice early on and it prevents your child from being re-exposed. We offer Free Head Checks on the first Friday of every month in our office.
Lice Protection Plan – Protect you and your family from Lice!
Hair Maidens offers Lice Protection Plan (LPP) to provide one-on-one help for you and your family to prevent a lice outbreak. As a preferred customer you will qualify for the following premium services:
Lice outbreak emergencies. Any person protected under the Lice Protection Plan will receive a Full Lice Treatment (guaranteed for 30 days) if found to have lice. You are the first priority! We will respond within 24 hrs. All members of the family, whether protected or not, will need to have a head check and be treated for lice, if necessary, for the free service to apply.
Lice Hot Line. Lice questions will be answered the same day and any necessary materials will be mailed to you and your school, camp or daycare.
Free Monthly Head Checks (optional)! Anyone protected under the LPP can schedule a free private head checks for protected members anytime. (Value $25/person)
Discounts on Products or Services. We offer a 15% discount on all products. All services are performed by appointment and usually within 24 hrs.
Free Newsletter. Hair Maidens has a bi-monthly newsletter that is provided free to all who wish to Learn More About Lice!
The fee for the Lice Protection Plan is $49.95/person or $99.95/family of 4 for a 12 month period. Protect your family from Head Lice, forever! A head check is necessary before the start of the coverage period. The head check is only necessary for the person(s) being covered.