For parents of young children, head lice are sometimes an unpleasant fact of life. With 6 to 12 million infestations a year occurring in the U.S. alone, chances are good one of your little ones will have an encounter with these not so good critters.
These wingless, parasitic insects have been with us for a long time, and they love to feed off the blood under our scalp. If you’re wondering why outbreaks are so common on children, it’s due to the fact that they’re spread by physical contact, and kids always seem to be making contact with one another. When dealing with head lice, you need to examine the issues of prevention and treatment in the event that the little critters are determined to infest one of your little ones.
Preventing Head Lice
The fact that lice can’t fly or jump is something to be thankful for since this only leaves crawling as a means for them to spread. They hang out in our hair and on our scalp. Female lice lay eggs, which are known as nits, near the base of strands of hair since this will put them close to the scalp where the heat helps incubate them. You should probably Google some images of head lice and their nits, so you’ll know what to look for in your child’s hair.
Since they have to crawl to spread, the first advice is to tell your kids to avoid head-to-head contact with friends as much as possible. Not sharing combs or brushes of other children is advisable as well. Admittedly, kids will be kids, and you don’t want them living in a plastic bubble just to avoid a head lice infestation. Lice are, after all, not actually dangerous since they’re not known to spread disease. That being said, they’re still a bother to the poor kid who has them on their head, so you should treat them as soon as you find out about them.
How Not to Treat Lice
Home remedies might be another avenue to try, but these can be highly problematic. Some parents may recommend using olive oil or mayonnaise to suffocate the lice on your child’s head. First off, lice can live for hours without breathing, so you’ll have to leave this on their hair and scalp overnight for it to have any effect. Secondly, it will only suffocate the live lice, so you’ll have to repeat it in a week and then again in another week or so to catch those lice that were still in the nit stage the first time around. Unfortunately, you have to be incredibly thorough because just a couple surviving lice or nits will mean the whole nightmare can start all over again.
The Right Way to Treat Head Lice
Just as there are professionals to fix your plumbing or fill a cavity, there are businesses that do nothing but treat head lice infestations. If you’re in Palm Beach County, you’re near just such a business. At Lice Lifters of Palm Beach Gardens, we take the problem of head lice seriously. Our trained and certified lice technicians determine if any of your children do have lice, and if they find them, they immediately make the lice regret setting up a home on your kid’s head. We use gentle, safe and all-natural products and methods that are perfectly fine for your kid but perfectly deadly for the lice and their nits. We are also able to get any of your infested family members lice free after one visit, so they’re back to enjoying life instead of scratching their head incessantly.