Does Your Child Have Head Lice? Don’t Fret!

Have you received that dreaded call from another parent stating that your child may have been exposed to lice?  If so, your first response may be to panic.  However, panicking is not really necessary, as unfortunately lice are a relatively common occurrence among school aged children.  In fact, statistics estimate that there are approximately twelve million cases of head lice a year in the United States. Even the thought may have you scratching your head but luckily for you there are non-toxic lice treatments at your disposal.

Why So Many Head Lice Cases?

  • As with other insects, successive exposure to toxic chemicals over time has resulted in lice evolving to be resistant to the very chemicals that originally harmed them.
  • Many individuals do not follow directions on lice removal products and most importantly do not comb out all nits in a thorough manner, and this can result in more lice cases.
  • When you have lice, it is important to get rid of all the lice and nits on your head.  If some are inadvertently left on your head, these nits can hatch and reproduce once again.
  • Without overdoing, it is important that you thoroughly clean everything that you recently came into contact with. Bedding, jackets and hats should be washed and dried on high heat for thirty minutes. Stuffed animals do NOT need to be bagged up for weeks. If your child has a favorite stuffy throw it in the dryer on high heat for thirty minutes.

Don’t panic! Lice Knowing You© is here to help.

Verify that your child does in fact have head lice.  You can do this by first reviewing photos of lice online to determine what you are looking for.  Then, part the hair and look for signs of both lice and nits in a brightly lit room by combing through your child’s hair with a lice comb.  Repeat this process throughout your child’s head – and do remember to pay extra attention to areas close to the ear, hairline and the nape of the neck. Lice Knowing You© provides lice checks as well as instructions on the proper technique for checking your child’s head for lice.

Once you have verified that your child does in fact have lice, you should seek lice treatment as soon as possible.  As the more traditional chemical-based way of treating lice includes harmful side effects such as developmental disabilities, seizures, hormone disruption and even cancer, it is wise to seek out a safe, yet effective option.

Fortunately, we offer completely safe, non-toxic, and natural organic lice treatment products that are completely pesticide and chemical free. Whether you visit our Portland lice treatment salon or our Seattle lice clinics, we can surely help you out at our family-focused locations!

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Jan 31, 2012 | Category: Lice Treatment | Comments: none




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