Lice Questions Straight forward Answers
Recently many people who I have been speaking to School nurses, Social workers, Day Care Centers, School staff and administrators have had questions about head lice detection, prevention and treatment.
There really is so much mis-information out there and the question many people ask who is correct? Well after a many years of hands on education and research to support working with families and individuals I have some of the most frequently asked questions answered.
The most often asked question is How do I check For Head Lice?
First off some tools to make the job easier and more effective
- Excellent light (natural light, if possible – outdoors, close to a south facing window or the best light you can find in your home otherwise)
- A magnifying glass, magnifying/reading glasses and/or a microscope (the toy you have tucked in the closet might even do the trick)
- A comb or brush to completely detangle the hair and a comb to section the hair for those with very thick and/or long hair (and in this case, some clips might be helpful too to hold the hair up in sections)
- A leading head lice comb . This IS NOT a plastic comb that comes in with some of the over the counter kits and it is not even the two sided red-handled metal comb that is sold separately by one of the manufacturers of the kits. You need a stainless steel head lice comb like our Meticulice Ultimate Lice Fighter Comb This item is one of the best tools you can have in your medicine cabinet.
- A spray bottle of water (detangler spray or a spray bottle filled with water and a small amount of conditioner to help remove tangles on thick or curly hair) these will aid in combing through the hair.
- Go to a well lit area this can be outside
- Use your detangler comb or brush to completely detangle the hair.
- Then, part your child’s hair and using the magnifying glass or another type of magnification, look at the areas we ...
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You know what we're talking about. The letter that tells parents that a student in your child's class has been identified as having head lice. The letter that automatically raises your hand to scratch your scalp. Unfortunately, head lice is a fact of life and with children spending so much time in close proximity of one another, schools are breeding grounds. Last year, Suffolk County had a head lice epidemic at the start of the school year.
Should your child be sent home due to head lice, he/she will not be allowed to return until they are nit free. The school nurse and possibly your pediatrician may recommend an over the counter treatment for lice removal. These treatments contains pesticides which can be harmful to your child, are tedious and difficult to use correctly, and often do not completely resolve the problem. This has led some ambitious entrepreneurs to open head lice removal businesses.
While any person with a head lice business may look like a professional, don't be fooled. Not all businesses are created equally. Meticulice , founded by Elissa Rand, follows the Shepherd Method of head lice removal. Elissa attended training at the Shepherd Institute and has been certified in the Shepherd Method. The method uses natural products and a comprehensive 3 step removal process. The Shepherd Method is considered to be the safest and most effective removal method. Just this week, the owner of an Atlanta based head lice removal business that utilizes the Shepherd Method was interviewed by Barbara Hall on CNN .
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One time you do NOT want to take a shortcut is when treating head lice. Summer months may mean a vacation from school, but they do not mean a vacation from head lice. With no school in session, kids have more time to hang out together and this can mean an increase in the transmission of head lice.
We often speak with parents who thought that having head lice in the summer would mean an easier time getting rid of it. After all, it's hot so the kids might not mind a short hair cut and they spend hours in chlorinated pool water. Surely, that will get rid of the lice!
Well, we're sorry to say that it won't. The most common scenario we hear is parents giving their sons buzz cuts. It makes sense. If they cut off all of the hair, obviously they cut off all of the lice too. Unfortunately, no. Even the shortest of cuts can not guarantee that all of the nits will be removed and leaving them behind next to a warm scalp means they might hatch. Once hatched, they will probably look for a better environment, meaning a head with more hair. So anyone else in the house becomes a target.
The good news is that short hair on boys or girls can make it a bit harder to contract head lice in the first place. If lice is contracted, it can be less laborious to treat short hair. For girls with long hair and no desire to go short, the best prevention is to wear a braided ponytail making it difficult for the lice to grab onto a single strand of hair.
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