With 6 to 12 million cases of head lice reported each year by the Centers for Disease Control, there’s a good chance that you, as a parent, may have to deal with this problem. Whether you’ve had their presence reported to you by a school nurse, or noticed them yourself, the first thought running through your mind is what to do about them.
There are plenty of products advertised as treatments for head lice, but very few of them are effective. Head lice are tiny, parasitic insects that feed off the blood under your scalp. They exist in the three growth stages of a nit (egg), nymph (juvenile) and finally as an adult louse. To be effective, a treatment must remove or kill them in all of these stages.
Diagnosing the Problem
The first step is to ensure that any family member actually does have lice. It’s simple to Google pictures of lice in both the nit and the adult stages so you know what to look for. With this knowledge, you can part your son or daughter’s hair with a comb, and look near the scalp area for the adult lice. The nits will be attached to the base of hair follicles and will look a little like dandruff except they won’t just brush off as loose dandruff flakes would. A magnifying glass can definitely help in spotting them well enough to see if they are actually lice.
Options You May Be Considering
When lice are first discovered, you may seek out various purported remedies. The first thing many parents in your situation try is over-the-counter lice shampoos. Unfortunately, Many lice today are resistant to the toxins used in these products since they’ve been on the market for so many years.
Going to your pediatrician to see about getting prescription medication might be something else you’ll explore. As with most prescription versus over-the-counter drug comparisons, these will typically work better than their retail competitors, but they’re also a good bit more expensive. Also, even with prescription medicines, there are no guarantees that they will fully handle the problem.
Effective Head Lice Treatment
When any of your children get lice, you just want the problem handled quickly, effectively and affordably. All three of these criteria really are important. If you try a bunch of retail lice shampoos that you have to keep buying over and over again because it never gets rid of the problem, then they are not as cheap as they seemed at first. You want a fast treatment, so they’re eliminated before the lice spread to other children at school.
Lice Lifters of Palm Beach Gardens is a lice removal salon that’s convenient for families seeking lice removal in Palm Beach County. When you bring any family member you suspect of having lice in to see us, the first thing we do is verify their presence with a head check. If they’re detected, our certified, compassionate lice technicians get to work utilizing a variety of tools and all-natural, non-toxic products to remove and kill the lice and their nits. What’s more, we can treat all of your infested family members at the same time, and they are lice free after a single visit.
There Is Hope in the Fight Against Lice
While lice are not dangerous, they are still an annoyance. As a parent, you have enough annoyances to deal with in your life and that of your kids. You can take confidence in the knowledge that there is an effective remedy for this problem that comes recommended by many school nurses and pediatricians. If your kids ever show signs of lice, try contacting Lice Lifters of Palm Beach Gardens, and turn the tables on these pests.