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.
Our services are available every single day, by appointment only. This means that if there are no appointments booked, our doors are closed and our technicians are home with their families, running errands, or sitting at hockey/soccer/theatre practice like the rest of us. That said, we always answer our phone (unless we are treating a client, etc.), and if we miss your call, we always call back in a timely manner.
Why is this interesting? Well, I think most people would find it interesting to know how many late night calls come in. Time and time again we get frantic phone calls right before we close. Last night, the call came in at 10:50pm.
A mom found lice! She treated it at home during the day, and refused to let her daughter go to school. She washed the bedding at the laundry mat in scalding hot water, and ran the dryer for longer than suggested. She was on a mission to #slay! Later that night, after the exhaustion of the day, she looked over at her first grader’s ponytails, and saw a small bug move. UGH! It was the last straw. She went onto her phone, found our number again (she found it earlier, but was determined to do it herself), and called us at 10:50pm.
We answered because we have been there. We answered because she was at the end of her rope. We answered because we believe we have the solution that people should turn to first-not second. You have beds to clean, carpets to vacuum, homework to check. Why add the extra (futile) step of treating head lice at home? Why add daily comb outs?
Call us, question us, and lean on us when you need head lice treatments. We remove head lice daily. We know what we are looking for, and we know how hard it is for you to beat this. You deserve a break after the initial shock that head lice is in your home. Don’t choose to drive yourself crazy. Call us for help and support.
When people find out that there is such a thing as a lice clinic, they are immediately intrigued by the concept. Is there THAT much lice? What do you do at the lice treatment clinic? How does the AirAllé machine work? What does the AirAllé Treatment feel like?
At Lice Clinics of America – Medford, MA we use a superior treatment method that includes a trifecta of highly effective lice removal techniques. After an initial screening used to check whether you actually have lice in your hair, we start with the AirAllé Machine. Next, we complete a thorough comb out using our Lice Clinics of America mousse in conjunction with the most effective nit removal tools (based on scientific research). Finally, we apply our active rinse, which is a non-toxic, non-pesticide oil. The science behind each step is so intriguing (mostly just to us), but the effect is what really makes our customers happy. They leave our clinic feeling relaxed, feeling clean and feeling like they are officially DONE with lice!
How Do Actual Clients Describe the Experience?
Most parents feel warm and relaxed by the AirAllé Machine, so much so that they’ve described it as feeling like “Heaven”, or “…like a warm head massage”. Imagine getting the call that your son or daughter has lice, finding out that you too have lice, and then getting a warm head massage to make it all go away. We’d choose that treatment method any day.
In terms of the time commitment, both the comb out and the AirAllé Lice removal last about 30 minutes each. So, if you are a person that leads a busy, active, full life; If lice has hit you at the worst possible time, or if you are just plain afraid of bugs and want nothing to do with touching buggy hair, please call us to have your questions answered, your treatments completed and your stress warmly massaged away! Book now