When Lice Won’t Leave

 

“I have treated my daughters twice and am still finding lice!”  

“We have tried all the shampoos and can’t get rid of lice!”

“I have used a pharmacist-recommended anti-lice shampoo FOUR times and my child still has lice!”

Head lice that keeps coming back

Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. These are comments from just a few of our many clients who turn to us for help after months of battling head lice.

The problem of persistent lice causes extreme stress, lost time at school and work, not to mention the hundreds of dollars spent on treatments that don’t work. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we have treated over 15,000 children and adults without a single treatment failure.

If you’re struggling with persistent lice, HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW about why common treatments often don’t work and details on more effective solutions.

1. There is a common pattern of lice suppression and resurgence when families use lice shampoos and prescription treatments.

What does that mean? Since lice shampoos only kill live bugs and not their eggs, it’s up to parents to comb out every single lice egg. If just one or two are left behind, it will take about 3 weeks for those left behind eggs to hatch, starting a new cycle of lice infestation.

During those weeks, parents think they have the problem under control, not knowing those eggs are developing into live bugs. This is also a common reason lice are spread to other family members and classmates. In other words, the lice aren’t necessarily coming back, they were never completely gone in the first place.

2. Head lice are increasingly becoming resistant to common over-the-counter treatments. A recent study shows 99% of head lice have developed a genetic mutation allowing them to resist to chemical treatments. As chemical treatments become more and more potent, lice have developed a resistance to the toxic chemicals.

The result? Many over-the-counter treatments have an effectiveness rate as low as 20%, no matter how many times you use them.

This is a common reason for persistent lice infestations and can only be battled with non-chemical solutions.

3. Non-toxic treatment solutions are the best way to effectively treat lice. Natural products and treatment modalities, such as the non-toxic  treatment solutions used at Pediatric Hair Solutions, kill lice and their eggs. Lice cannot become resistant to natural solutions so this is the best way to battle the bugs.

For a 100% effective and guaranteed solution, we recommend our 3-step process which includes natural pre-treatment solution, a 30-minute treatment with a medical device and post treatment. This process guarantees your child will not be re-infested as it covers the span of the 21 day lifecycle of lice.

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Don’t Be Afraid of Head Lice Treatment

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We understand how intimidating it can be to step into a clinic for head lice treatment. There’s a stigma that can come with head lice, and while based on myths and rumors, it is something we all have to deal with. Even though head lice are a problem that is completely manageable, it can make any parent, teacher, or coach shudder. Head lice treatment ought to be a service that relieves the stress and anxiety that comes with discovering an infestation. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we strive for excellence, providing the best in head lice treatment available anywhere.

It’s confidential. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to head lice, and we understand your concern! When you have head lice and need treatment, the last thing you want to deal with is unwanted attention or prying questions. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we take pride in providing confidential treatment in our clinics. We even offer mobile lice treatment services. Contact us to learn more.

It’s safe and effective. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we use the AirAllé device in conjunction with a convenient at-home pre-treatment and post-treatment. These three steps combine for a 100% success rate in lice removal! All of our products are non-toxic and safe for the whole family, and the AirAllé device is fast and painless. You have nothing to fear when you come to Pediatric Hair Solutions for head lice treatment.

It’s professional. Established by a nurse with a dream to help families, Pediatric Hair Solutions is your local, professional resource for head lice information and treatment. Our staff of healthcare professionals is committed to providing the safest and highest quality of care available.

No one should ever be afraid of head lice treatment! Our treatment is non-toxic and kid-friendly, all at an affordable price and in a professional environment. These creepy, crawly insects, although harmless, cause stress for many people. Head lice are an inconvenient reality, especially for families with school-aged children, but Pediatric Hair Solutions is here to help!

Stay Lice-Free: Tips for College Students

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Do you have a child heading off to college soon? Or are you a college student yourself, about to move into your dorm? Well, chances are, in between registering for classes and buying textbooks and dorm room furnishings, you haven’t thought about how to protect yourself against head lice. Head lice in college, you ask?

As we’ve mentioned before, head lice do not discriminate! Students who live in dorms are in relatively close proximity to other people all the time, and the potential for sharing items is very high. These are all things head lice love! Don’t start worrying too much, though. Here are a few tips to help protect against head lice in college:

  • Keep clothing and laundry separate between roommates. This is a great way to stop lice from spreading via clothing. Although head lice do not live very long off the human head, there is still a chance for them to spread. Every roommate should have a separate closet, if possible, and a separate laundry hamper.
  • Avoid sharing anything that touches the head. This includes hats, scarves, hoodies, pillows, headphones, hair accessories, and anything else that comes in contact with your head. Also, avoid direct head-to-head contact as much as possible, as this is the most common way head lice are spread. Taking a roomie selfie? Watch out for head-to-head contact, it’s harder than you think!
  • Take extra care at the gym. The gym is a place where a lot of people are sharing the same facility, so the chances of spreading head lice, while slim, are still present. Simply bring your own towel as much as possible and keep your items secured in a locker.

In the chance that you or your roommate discover head lice, there are a few things you should do right away:

  • Don’t panic. Head lice infestations are very treatable and as long as you take the precautions listed above, you will not spread the head lice.
  • You and your roommate should both get treatment. No matter who actually discovers the infestation, it is our recommendation that all roommates get treatment or at least a professional check for head lice. We recommend the same for families, or anyone living in the same space.
  • Let your other floormates and classmates know. Although there are many who still stigmatize head lice as only affecting certain people or people with certain habits, it is important to know that head lice do not discriminate in any way – anyone can get them! This is why it’s so important to spread the word. If you would prefer to do so anonymously, we offer Lice Alerts, a free and anonymous way to alert people who may have been exposed.

College should be an amazing experience full of learning, fun, and friendship. Don’t let head lice get in the way! If you or someone you know needs treatment or a check for head lice, stop by your local Pediatric Hair Solutions clinic. We specialize in fast, efficient, and non-toxic lice treatment that you can count on.

Going Back to School After Head Lice Treatment

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Whether you had head lice treatment during summer vacation or during the school year, going back to school afterwards can be daunting. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma that many people place on those who have had head lice, even though we are all equally susceptible. Additionally, there is the chance of getting head lice again when it’s back-to-school time. These can both be scary for any child, but they don’t have to be. Here are a few tips for going back to school after head lice treatment:

  • Stay calm and carry on. Of course, not worrying is easier said than done, but you are lice-free and only need to be concerned with preventative measures. You’re back at school and should be focused on that. If head lice were holding you back before, don’t let it stop you now. If you have already had treatment, maybe it’s time to try something fun and new that you’ve always wanted to do.
  • Avoid head-to-head contact. Now that you’re lice-free, you want to stay that way! Direct head-to-head contact is by far the most common way people spread head lice, so avoid it whenever possible.
  • Avoid sharing items that come in contact with the head. Although lice do not live for more than 48 hours off the human head, they can be passed by sharing brushes, combs, hair ties, hats, scarves, hoodies, etc, even in that short time frame.
  • Talk with your school. Most schools have a head lice policy since it has become such a common problem among school-age children. But, in the chance that they don’t have a head lice policy, or a very relaxed or confusing policy, now may be a good time for you or someone in your family to speak up. Start a conversation with the school nurse and the administration to make sure they are all up-to-date on the facts about head lice.

Head lice, while a nuisance and frustrating pest, do not carry disease and are actually quite harmless. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we have years of experience treating people with head lice in addition to experienced backgrounds as nurses and healthcare professionals. Do you know someone who needs head lice treatment? Refer them to us right away! We provide non-toxic, natural, and 100% effective head lice treatment in a friendly, welcoming environment. Contact us today!

Teenagers and Head Lice: Tips for Parents

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Teenagers like to think they are invincible and immune to things such as head lice, but unfortunately they are not. Head lice do not discriminate based on anything, least of all age. That being said, teenagers often take it the hardest when a head lice infestation is discovered. It could be viewed as a social disaster, creepy inconvenience, horribly disgusting, or all of the above! Luckily, there are a few ways to prepare yourself and your teen for the possibility of head lice, hopefully making the situation much less traumatic.

 

  • Practice lice prevention at home. The more your family knows about head lice and practices regular preventative measures the better prepared you and your teen will be for any outbreak that may happen. Of course, no one wants to deal with the hassle that is head lice, but the more you know, the better equipped you are for an outbreak. Plus the more open you are about discussing head lice and preventative measures the more you can de-mystify this inconvenient bug. If you know that a classmate or teammate has it, be sure to fix long hair tightly in a bun or braid.
  • Everyone is susceptible. Getting lice can be much more traumatic for teens than young children. Often, the social environment for teens is more volatile and unpredictable. It is easy to see how devastating lice can be for teens when at that age anything can be construed as abnormal, unacceptable, or just plain weird. Typically those are the last things a teenager wants to be associated with, which is why it is imperative for you to make clear how “normal” the appearance of lice is. Anyone and everyone is susceptible to a lice infestation. There are no exceptions!
  • Get the community involved. While your teen may not be so excited about you running around the community talking about head lice, it can make quite the difference. If you are comfortable doing so, go to the parents of your teen’s friends and discuss how everyone can contribute to preventing head lice. Also, if your teen’s school doesn’t have a lice policy in place, perhaps it is time to get that ball rolling.

 

On the chance that your teen does get lice, here are a few suggestions for how to move forward:

 

  • Stay calm, cool, and collected. As much as possible, you as the parent need to be as calm about head lice as possible for your teen. The teenage years are an emotional rollercoaster, and they’ll need someone to calmly guide them through it.
  • Show support. As if teenage social life wasn’t hard enough, getting lice could potentially be devastating for your teen. Show your support for your teen by being helpful and respectful of their feelings, however dramatic.
  • Get treatment. You can no longer find success with over-the-counter treatment solutions as lice have developed a resistance to them over the years. Luckily, you have a super fast and effective treatment available to you at Pediatric Hair Solutions! In less than an hour, you can be in and out of our clinic, ready to get back to your life before lice. Our healthcare professionals on staff are well equipped to ease the stress of your teen’s lice infestation while quickly eradicating the problem. With a fully effective and complete treatment, your teen will be back to their old self in no time!

Lice Love Going to the Movies!

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Who here loves going to the movies? I’m guessing that would be most of us! It’s movie season right now and what better activity to get friends and family together than to enjoy a great flick on the big screen! Before you head out to the theater or even the drive-in, here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure going to the movies is an enjoyable time for all.

 

  1. Sensible snacking. Popcorn at the movies is a must for many. We love the buttery, salty treat. If going to the movies with small children, remember how messy popcorn can be and be prepared! Grab plenty of napkins or bring your own cloth napkins to set across the lap.
  2. Hot or cold. One thing to remember about movie theaters is the cool temperature inside. If you tend to get a little chilled, be sure to bring a sweater. Iif you want to get really comfy, a small blanket. Keep in mind that you will want to wash and dry these items in high heat after your movie outing to prevent lice. On the other hand, if you are heading out to a drive-in movie, it is a good idea to double check the weather forecast. It could be a hot, muggy night for which you might want to bring a cooler with chilled drinks. Another tip for drive-in’s is to be prepared for mosquitos!
  3. Lice love going to the movies. Although head lice are the last thing we want to think about when going to the movies, they are a reality. With all the different people coming in and out of a theater the risk of head lice is great. The first step in protecting you and your family from head lice at the movies is to use our Preventative Lice Treatment Spray. The non-toxic, chemical-free lice deterrent has a light minty scent that is perfect for the whole family. Spray that and then the next step in protecting yourself and your family from lice at the movies is to put long hair up in a tight bun or braid and/or wear a hat or scarf.

 

What movies are you looking forward to this summer? Whatever movies you decide to see, don’t forget to keep the above recommendations in mind for a more pleasant experience. While no one plans to invite head lice to the party, it is certainly a possible problem. If you do find you or one of your family members to have head lice, stop by your local Pediatric Hair Solutions for fast, safe, and friendly treatment. We are healthcare professionals dedicated to providing the best service possible so you can enjoy your lice-free summer!

What to Clean After a Lice Infestation

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If you or someone you know has recently come out of a head lice infestation, then you know that there is work to do. On the day of you or your family member’s treatment at Pediatric Hair Solutions, set aside some time to clean specific items around your home to ensure a complete removal of any nits or adult lice. Here are the things you need to clean after a lice infestation:

  • All bed and bath linens that have come in contact with an infected individual will need to be dried in the dryer on high heat for 30-40 minutes before being washed and dried again. Be sure to include any quilts, comforters, blankets, and pillows. Items that cannot be placed in the dryer should be placed in plastic bags and then set in a freezer for 48 hours. If that is not an option, then simply place the item in a plastic bag and put somewhere in isolation for at least 48 hours. Head lice do not survive off of the human host for more than 48 hours.
  • Similar to linens, all clothing that has been worn or in contact with an infected individual will need to be dried in the dryer on high heat for 30-40 minutes before being washed and dried again. If an item cannot be machine dried, bag and place in a freezer for 48 hours. Dry cleaning is not guaranteed to rid clothing of lice, so take special care to either freeze or isolate special clothing items. These cleaning methods should also be used for all outerwear, including hats, scarves, jackets, coats, sweaters, etc.
  • Brushes, Combs, and Hair Accessories. Take all hair brushes, combs, and accessories, label appropriately to avoid sharing, place in plastic bags, and set in a freezer for 48 hours. After that, wash thoroughly with hot, soapy water and allow to air dry. Clean any containers, holders, and drawers before putting items back to get a fresh, clean start!
  • Place any helmets in a freezer or, if they cannot fit, set aside in a plastic bag for isolation. We recommend items to be isolated for at least 48 hours before being wiped down to ensure a complete clean.
  • Stuffed Animals. Don’t forget about stuffed animals! We recommend drying in the dryer on high for 30-40 minutes, and if possible, washing and drying afterward. If the stuffed animal is fragile, the use the freezer method mentioned above. If you are not comfortable placing the stuffed animal in the freezer, then set in isolation for at least 48 hours.
  • Items to clean or set in isolation, if used while an individual was infected, include: headphones, baseball caps, graduation caps, and anything else that came in contact with the individual’s head or hair.

Phew! There are a lot of things to consider when cleaning after a lice infestation, but it is well worth the time. After our comprehensive treatment at Pediatric Hair Solutions, you want to have a clean, lice-free home. Keep in mind that items such as countertops, carpets, floors, etc., do not need to be deep cleaned. A simple vacuum of the home will suffice, in addition to the above. Now you can look forward to a happy, clean, lice-free home.