Throughout my years as a school nurse and my time in the hospitals, patients and families have shared a lot of information about home remedies, health beliefs and health related myths. One of the biggest myths related to hair is that Black (or African American) people do not or cannot get lice (Pediculosis or piojos). That somehow, head lice infestation is a White (Caucasian) only problem. Do you believe this as well?
Slay! But Check for Head Lice!
Well, here is the deal as it relates to head lice infestation and Black Americans.
All people of all races, and all economic statuses for that matter, can suffer from head lice.
I’ve seen it with my own eyes, and have pointed it out to parents who were in total disbelief. Head lice may have preferences for hair strand shapes that match their claw shape (oval vs. round strands), but in the end, they are able to hold on to different shapes.
In addition, head lice may have less chance of crossing racial barriers as racial groups often live in separation. Head lice is a social problem – people that live together, play together, go to school together, tend to pass it back and forth. But, in the end, the head louse just wants to eat, have kids and live! They don’t know what color or ethnicity you are – and they do not care.
Nothing more, and nothing less.
Check Yo Self,
Before You Wreck Yo Self
What does this mean for you if you are Black, or Latino, or Asian, or Indian, etc.? This means that although there is a definite and noticeable difference in the rate of lice infestation for Blacks versus Whites in the United States, all parents should know what to look for in case of exposure.
So, no matter what racial box you choose to check, once you receive that letter that states a student in the classroom has head lice, you need to begin the hairline patrol! Whether you use Lye on your child’s head regularly, whether you make them get Dominican presses weekly, whether they have locs, braids or ponytails, PREVENTION is priority number one.
Yes. Black people do get lice, but there are a few things you can do to avoid dealing with the problem. Here are the top three things you can do to prevent head lice :
Braids, ponytails, head scarfs, weaves – Keeping you beautiful kinky coils up and out of the way is a great way to make sure your hair doesn’t commingle with a person’s with lice.
Use scents. You all know you love a good scented product. Try a hair spray with tea tree and rosemary scents – lice don’t like those.
Check for lice when notices come home, or when you feel a lingering scalp itch!
You can use scents such as the essential oils found in this spray or shampoos with tea tree or rosemary scents added in order to help prevent getting lice. Here is a link to a good shampoo.
Obviously this is a Lice Clinic post, so the first thing I have to recommend is that you go to your local head lice treatment clinic. If you live near Lice Clinics Medford, you should call us today to hear about our treatment options. You can be screened for lice at a very affordable cost – generally somewhere between $15 – $25. The person will comb through your hair with a special lice comb, and will use a microscope and good lighting in order to diagnose the problem as LICE or NO LICE!
Treatment options include professional help (Like and Air Alle Treatment), or a Do It Yourself Lice Care process. For professional help you want to head to a Lice Clinic Of America location, which are in every state and have the HEATED AIR TECHNOLOGY. This is very important to the process.
Ignoring the fact that you or your child has head lice will not make it go away. Lice only multiply.
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As a mom, I know that if you have a little one that is popular and loves contact with other kids, there is no way to keep their hair from touching others. They jug, laugh and play, and instantly forget that you told them to watch out for head lice all day! This is the case for many of the little ones that we treat at the Lice Clinic in Medford! It seems like a losing battle, BUT there is something you can do to prevent the spread of head lice in your absence.
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Lice treatments are on the rise, and this month we are sharing weekly tips for improved prevention. Tip one is to avoid hair to hair contact. This is hugging, sharing pillows, telling close secrets, taking selfies and more! If you just can’t be without that lovely one on one human contact, we recommend regular lice checks. Checks can be done quickly in our clinic, or on your own. Feel free to call us at 781-960-4884 to talk about your lice check options. We even come to schools, and camps!
Lice Clinics of America®- MEDFORD Provides Tips on How To Prevent Head Lice at Summer Camp
As parents start planning to send their children to camp this summer, LCA Medford, has several tips for how parents can avoid welcoming head lice into their homes when their children return from camp.
“Summer camp is linked with head lice because campers are together 24 hours a day eating, drinking, playing, and sleeping in close quarters,” said Timika Downes, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Medford. “We see an uptick in cases every summer. The old saying that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is very true in this case. Head lice spread almost entirely through head-to-head contact or, more precisely, through hair-to-hair contact, and Summer camp creates lots of opportunities for hair-to-hair contact: sleeping with heads close together, hugging, huddling over phones to look at photos, crowding together for selfies—all the things that kids do naturally when in groups. Investing in a few weekly maintenance kits is a great way to prep kids before camp, and protect them afterwards. Another option is to head into a clinic for a lice check!”
What can you do to make sure your child doesn’t bring lice home from camp? Here are a few tips from LCA Medford:
Encourage children to avoid head to head contact with other kids. If they have had head lice in the past, they’ll know what having head lice is like and want to prevent it from happening again.
Keep girls’ hair pulled back in braids or buns. Short or tightly bound hair reduces the risk of hair-to-hair contact.
Discourage kids from sharing combs or brushes.
Schedule a head lice screening for your child by a head-lice professional before and after camp to make sure your child isn’t bringing head lice to camp in the first place. Lice can be difficult to detect by the untrained eye. After camp, a head lice screening is important because early detection can make treatment faster and easier, and prevent the spread of head lice at home.
Use a preventive product before and during camp. If your child is going to camp longer than one week, make sure there’s enough product to last.
Check with your child’s camp to see if they have a lice policy. Some camps check all campers upon arrival while others send kids home when they are found to have head lice. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for!
If your child does come home with head lice, don’t worry. There are treatments available that are fast and easy. Lice Clinics of America Medford offers a breakthrough treatment called the AirAllé® device, using warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs in about an hour. The AirAllé device is guaranteed to be effective and clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits). We also offers pesticide-free home treatment products.
There are more than 300 Lice Clinics of America treatment centers in over 30 countries, and the AirAllé device has successfully treated nearly 400,000 people with a success rate better than 99 percent. To learn more or to find a clinic near you, visit www.lcamedford.com.
Once all of the heads have been treated for head lice, the next logical question is always “What do we clean in the house?” Here are our recommendations for cleaning at home once (or before) you’ve been treated at our clinic!
How to Clean the House, Bedding, Carpets and Furniture after Lice
The likelihood of any live lice being on inanimate objects is slim, but it is best to take a few steps to prevent cross contamination. Put your sheets and pillowcases in the dryer on high heat for 25 – 30 minutes. It is not necessary to wash the bedding since the dryer will dehydrate anything lice-related.
For anything that can’t be dried out with heat, such as couches, or other objects, vacuuming or bagging is the safest bet. Wipe items down with a sanitizing wipe or paper towel with soap and water. For the tops of furniture, where your heads would touch, vacuum visible debris. Likewise, you can place a sheet over the couch for 48 hours. Other items can be put aside in bags or elsewhere for 48 hours.
How to Clean the Clothes after Lice
Once your treatment with us is complete, you should focus your efforts on cleaning clothes worn within the last 48 hours. Those are the clothes you are wearing the day of treatment and everything worn up to 48 hours before. These clothes should go directly into the laundry, and should be dried in the dryer. The heat will aid in killing the bugs and eggs, similar to our AirAllé Machine.
If there are items that were placed on your body within the last 48 hours, like scarfs or hats, you can place them directly into the dryer for 30 minutes.
How to Clean Stuffed Animals after lice
Stuffed animals are cuddled throughout the night, and often times come into contact with our children’s heads. It is best to remove these items from the bed, and place them into the dryer, exposing them for dry warm air for 30 minutes, similar to our AirAllé machine. This will dehydrate all eggs and bugs. If you’d like to wash these items, and feel that they will remain intact, you can do so as well, but dryer heat will do the trick.
How to Clean Hair Brushes, Combs hair Accessories and Elastics after Lice
Collect all hair items used within the last 48 hours, and place them in a sealed plastic bag and into the freezer for an overnight stay.
How to Clean Your Pets after Lice
No need to worry about your animals. They can’t carry or transmit human head lice.
Hair Care and Lice Tips Moving Forward
After this infestation is over we recommend doing head checks with the Terminator comb once or twice per month as a safeguard against another infestation.
Using a repellent spray is always smart for children going to school or at any other activity with other children.
Hair worn in braids or a bun always helps keep lice at bay.
Kids love summer camp. Unfortunately, head lice do too! Don’t let this pesky problem keep your child from enjoying camp fun this summer. As you prepare to send your child to camp, you should also prepare for the potential of head lice. Since kids at camp are in close proximity to each other, July and August are often the busiest months for head lice.
Click the link below to find out more information on how you can be proactive in avoiding lice this summer.
As always, we are here if you need to be screened for head lice, or if you need a full head lice removal treatment at a flat rate price. No matter how long your hair is, no matter how thick it is, we have you covered. We can remove head lice in about 60-90 minutes, once and for all. For added peace of mind, we offer a 30 day coverage plan. If you are re-exposed within those 30 days, your next treatment is absolutely free. Don’t deal with head lice for another hour. Put down the cheap plastic nit combs, and stop fighting with your children. We are here to help!
School is almost out, and summer camp is about to begin. To celebrate the hardworking families that we see in our head lice treatment clinic, we developed the first annual S.T.E.A.M Scholarship.
We love the science behind our AirAllé technology, and even the entomology (bug science) we’ve learned in our clinic. You could say we are big fans of S.T.E.A.M. So, to support our community, we created the easiest scholarship process possible. We will reward one family with $500 towards S.T.E.A.M based summer camp of their choice. Whether you are a theatre kids, sports star, singer or author, we can help you delve deeper this summer if you apply and win!
To enter, all you need to do is Share, LikeandComment on Facebook. Here are the rules:
Share the post and like the link on Facebook. You can find the post here.
Comment on the post via Facebook. The comment must include your One Parenting Tip about HOW YOU INSPIRE HARD WORK AND GRIT IN YOUR CHILDREN.When answering, think about how you helped to make them who they are. How did you encourage them to keep practicing or learning or improving even when things were difficult for them? Leave your comment on the post.
If you do not want to comment publicly, please email us directly at email@example.com with the subject line: $500 STEM SCHOLARSHIP
The last date of entry for the drawing is June 15th. The scholarship winner will be announce on June 16th via Facebook, and they will be contacted by email or personal message. The parenting tip will be shared in the announcement.
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Once a lice infestation is treated by one of our Lice Clinics Technicians, parents always ask: “What can I do to prevent this from happening again”? Our advice is to practice prevention for the remainder of the school year. One of the best ways to do this is to style your child’s hair in ways that are less likely to invite lice!
Lice are wingless, they do not fly and they do not jump. They must crawl to a new head. By keeping hair close to your child’s head in the form of Buns, Ponytails and Braids, you give yourself a fighting chance against re-infestation.
To form a pony tail, you will need a brush or comb, a hair tie and pins/clips for fly-away hairs. Start by grabbing all of the hair. Sweep it to the crown of the head, and hold it securely in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand to band the hair with the hair tie. Twist and wrap the tie once more. Repeat until the ponytail is tightly secured. Brush and pin down any fly away hairs. Ponytails are easy to learn, and keep hair volume under control!
To form a bun, start with the ponytail instructions. Once the ponytail is in place, grab and twist the hair clockwise around the base of the ponytail. Keep wrapping and twisting the hair until you wrap the full length around the base. Secure the bun in place with another hair tie, or with bobby pins. High buns are a chic way to protect your child from lice!
Braids are complicated to describe, but are an easy hair style to master with a little practice. In order to learn how to braid, please use videos like this one to figure out the “A,B,C” pattern that feels most comfortable to you. Braids are so nice because they keep the hair close to the head, and offer a pretty hairstyle alternative. They are worth the practice!
Our Boston Area Lice Removal Clinic is here to help educate, treat and prevent against any lice infestations your family may be exposed to! Give us a call or read through our website to see how we can assist you.
There are many times that parents come in to the clinic for the first time, having never dealt with, or even seen head lice. Of those that are facing head lice treatments for the first (and hopefully only) time, some of the parents and kids want to see the lice, while others have no interest in what they look like. In our head lice treatment clinic, we always have microscopes available, so that if parents or kids are interested in learning more about what is invading their scalps, they have plenty of opportunity to do so.
A sister clinic of ours, www.liceclinicsgilroy.com, recently shared an interesting video of a louse they pulled off of a client. This video catches an adult female louse walking beneath the lens of the microscope. It’s eery how much it looks like a scary horror scene, or as one 6 year old commented, a close up look of an “alien on the moon”! lol. If you can stomach it, take a look at this short head lice video!
These Lice Clinics of America owners from across the country have heard clients tell of many wacky home remedies they tried, but failed with. Read on for some of the strangest head lice treatment ideas reported by families across the USA.
**Please do not try any of these at home, as some seem down right dangerous!**
Gerry Wolburg, Owner of www.virginialiceremoval.com in Virginia: “We had a boy show up at Virginia Lice Removal with Vaseline in his head!”
Kristen Hollingsworth, Owner of www.lcadanvers.com in Massachusetts: “Mixing up eggs and putting it on the kid’s head, then letting it harden like a helmet thinking it would suffocate the lice and nits”
Timika Downes, Owner of www.liceclinicsmedford.com in Massachusetts: “Putting hot towels straight from the dryer on the kids’ heads, and then dousing them with olive oil”
Judy Hinant Hayden, Owner of www.liceclinicslexington.com in Kentucky: “Putting Noxema in the hair. Even after washing it out, the family came in for treatments and the heat from the AirAlle’ caused the remnants of the Noxema to fluff up like little puffs of shaving cream in the hair!”
Suzanne Danita, Owner of www.liceclinicsevansville.com in Indiana: “One family said they were so desperate after several failed treatments, that they soaked their daughter’s hair in kerosene”.
Tanya Kensley, Owner of www.liceclinicsfortcollins.com in Colorado: “Mayonnaise with a large zip lock bag over it. She actually showed up at the clinic like this”
Jacqueline Huynh, Owner of www.liceclinicssf.com in California: “Mayonnaise, followed by tea-tree shampoo and coconut oil”.
Marianne Gonsalves , Manager of www.lcabraintree.com and www.lcanorton.com in Massachusetts: “She put a bunch of her family’s belongings into a rented storage space, moved the family in with her mother for two weeks and bug bombed her apartment”.
Thank you to Hilary Reeser for guest posting! Here at Lice Clinics of America Medford, we can treat your family’s head lice quickly, efficiently and at a flat rate. We serve the following towns: