How Does Non-Toxic Head Lice Treatment Work?

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Non-toxic head lice treatment doesn’t have to be a mystery. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we specialize in safe and effective non-toxic treatment that gets the job done. Here is a breakdown of how our non-toxic treatment works:

 

How does it work?

At Pediatric Hair Solutions we have a line of non-toxic, clinically-tested head lice treatment and preventative products. Together, with our heated air medical device treatment and our natural lice products make a full treatment process that is 100% effective. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 

Why does it work?

Head lice and nits are composed of high levels of water and are also accustomed to protected, humid environments. The device uses a combination of quick, dry heat and air that dehydrates the lice, causing them to die. What makes this method especially effective as a head lice treatment is how it affects the louse at every life stage. Most over-the-counter or DIY head lice treatments only target adult head lice, leaving any nits behind to hatch and cause an infestation all over again.

 

Does it take long?

One of the best things about non-toxic head lice treatment is how much shorter it takes than other treatments. Combing and picking by hand is fairly effective but takes hours and days of dedicated, slow, and focused work. Additionally, one missed nit can lead to a reinfestation, so thoroughness is key but can take a while. Who has time for that? Not many people that we know. The short treatment time is a big reason that our non-toxic treatment is so popular. The treatment time is approximately 30 minutes, with some extra time set aside for the pre and post treatment package.

 

Pediatric Hair Solutions

Filtering through all the static to find a non-toxic head lice treatment can be a challenge. Don’t let the search overwhelm you, but instead contact a Pediatric Hair Solutions near your for more information or to set up a consultation. Our experienced healthcare professionals are standing by to help you get rid of head lice quickly and painlessly so you can move on with your life!

 

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!

Family Reunions: Lice Could Show Up, Whether Invited or Not!

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Are you making the trek to any family reunions this year? Or perhaps your family is nearby, and you get together for every holiday. Whether you’re going 10 miles or 1,000 miles, family reunions are a big deal. It can be a fun time for siblings and cousins to reunite and for grandparents to see their grandkids. It’s nice to have the opportunity to reconnect.

 

However, there could be some unwelcome guests at your family reunion this year, and no, it’s not your crazy uncle or estranged great aunt. It’s head lice! Head lice like to crash parties, especially when you least expect them to show up. At family reunions, there can be a lot of people in one place coming from far and wide, so the chances for head lice are even stronger, but, don’t fear! We have a few tips for you to prevent any spreading of head lice:

 

  • Pack carefully. This may seem like a given for some, but making sure you pack everything you need for a trip, even just across town, is really important for preventing head lice. Take care that each member of your family has what they need for the family reunion and any other activities that may occur during the trip. Take the season in mind, look at the weather forecast, and consider all the possible activities. The last thing you’ll want to do is need to borrow a possible lice-infested item! Remember to pack any pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, and other miscellaneous things that will be needed for the trip.
  • Avoid head and hair contact. This tip is potentially more difficult for children, so it is important to thoroughly discuss it with them. If they look forward to playing with their cousins at family reunions, they should know to avoid playing with hair, touching heads, or sharing hair accessories and hats. Parents remember not to get too rambunctious with any of your siblings or in-laws!
  • Serious lice prevention. Well, maybe not that serious, but incredibly helpful! We’re referring to our Preventative “No Bugs” Spray and Preventative Lice Treatment Spray. Take one or both of these non-toxic preventative sprays with you on any trip to help prevent head lice. They each have a light scent, are easy to use, and don’t get in the way of having fun.

 

If you find yourself scratching your head or finding little nits in your child’s hair, then make an appointment at Pediatric Hair Solutions today! Our friendly and experienced healthcare professionals are happy to help you and your family with our tried and true non-toxic treatment.

Tips for Teaching Your Children About Head Lice

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If you have school-age children, then you understand the possibility of them one day coming home from class or summer camp with head lice. Before that happens, though, you should take some time to teach your children about head lice and what can be done to prevent an infestation. From the life cycle of lice to items to avoid sharing, there are several ways you can prepare your children for a potential lice outbreak. Here are a few tips for teaching your children about head lice:

 

  • Learn together. The first step in teaching your children about head lice is making it a whole family learning process. Parents and children alike have a lot to learn about head lice. When the whole family is on the same page, then everyone can work together to keep the home lice-free. If your children’s school has a lice screening, take that opportunity to prepare your children, teaching them about head lice and what they can do to prevent an infestation.
  • Make preventative measures routine. Children do especially well with routines they can count on. Making lice-prevention part of your family’s daily routine is a sure way to reduce the risk of an infestation. For example, have separate bins in the entryway for each family member’s outdoor wear and make it routine for everyone to put their own items in their respective bins after school or work. The more children learn not to share certain items at home, the more it will become a habit at school, at friends houses, and around the community.
  • Use children’s books to make the topic more intriguing. There is an assortment of children’s books out there telling stories of head lice. Usually done in a comical or light-hearted way, these books are especially good for teaching younger children about head lice. The visual aspect is helpful, as these books make head lice a much less scary subject!
  • Make it clear that anyone can get head lice. There are so many rumors about head lice floating around schools that it is very easy for children to feel looked down upon or made to feel less-than their peers for having head lice. If children know the truth before they are put in such circumstances, they have a much better chance of dealing with the rumors and those who spread them.
  • Show your children that they are not alone. Often, when a child gets head lice, they can feel alone and isolated from friends and family. An important part of teaching your children about head lice is instilling a sense of comfort and inclusion in the family. The more your whole family can work through this together, the better off everyone will be!

 

If the inevitable lice outbreak happens at school or summer camp then you know you can count on Pediatric Hair Solutions to provide a quick and efficient treatment! Our friendly and experienced healthcare professionals are here to provide the best care for your family. Contact us with any questions today!

Lice Love Summer Camp!

 

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Ahh, summer. It’s the time of year for swimming, picnics, camping, and other fun activities in the sun. If you have school-age children, then you are maybe excited for summer camp: that special time where the kids get to spend time away having fun with their peers while you get some quality, personal time. If indeed your children are going to summer camp this year, whether for a weekend or 8 weeks, then you should prepare for the potential for head lice.

Lice really do love summer camp. Think about it. There are a bunch of children together in cabins or tents sleeping in bunk beds or sleeping bags spending day in and day out together.  There are so many different kinds of camps and opportunities for friendship, fun, and learning that what isn’t to love? There are counselors and staff members keeping your children safe and teaching them valuable lessons, but there is one thing that is often overlooked by parents and counselors alike: head lice.

As you prepare to send your children to summer camp, keep in mind the following tips for ensuring a fun, lice-free camp experience:

  • Make sure your child has everything they need for camp. Even the smallest things matter here. If your child has long hair, make sure they have hair ties, headbands, and a brush or comb with them at camp. Will they need a hat or sunglasses? Swim caps or goggles? A sweatshirt or jacket? Take time packing with your child to make sure they are prepared! Don’t forget to pack the Pediatric Hair Solutions Preventative Lice Treatment Spray. It is a non-toxic, chemical-free lice deterrent that has a light mint scent. It’s safe and easy to use, so you can send it to camp with your child for an extra preventative boost!
  • Make a no-share list. Maybe you’ve already gone over the dos and don’ts of sharing personal items, but take a moment to make a special list for camp just to reiterate its importance to your children. Maybe one of their bunkmates forgot a hat or headband; it can be really tempting to share. Your child needs to know that this is for everyone’s safety, not to be seen as cruel or selfish. We recommend having a quick chat with the camp counselors and staff members to make them aware of your no-share list, and maybe they could help enforce it for everyone!
  • Camp should be fun! Don’t let the possibility of head lice stop your children from having fun at camp, or you from enjoying your personal time. While it is best to be prepared and take reasonable precautions, there comes a point where you just have to take a step back and enjoy the moment.

Summer camp can be the highlight of a child’s year. Be prepared for the potential for head lice by taking the above precautions, but don’t forget to have fun!

5 Things Parents Need to Know About Head Lice

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As a parent, the thought of head lice brings shivers of fear and frustration. From the itching to

the cleaning and nit picking, head lice are something parents are not excited about. Before you

let your fears and concerns about what to do about lice get the better of you, here are 5 things

that all parents should know:

 

1. Anyone can get head lice. Contrary to the rumors floating around that lice prefer dirty

hair, clean hair, short hair, or long hair, lice have no preference to hair type, style, or

cleanliness. They are simply attracted to the warmth of the human scalp and feed on

human blood. Also, age is no factor for head lice. Children more commonly get lice due

to how they tend to play and interact with each other both at school and at home. This

does not mean that adults are immune! Parents very often get lice if one of their children

come home with them, and it is not uncommon for adults to pass lice to each other as

well.

 

2. Head lice are NOT dangerous. Although they look creepy and crawly, head lice are

simple bugs that only live for about 30 days on the human head. Head lice do not carry

diseases nor do they have wings. Head lice are an itchy nuisance but present no real

danger to you or your family’s health.

 

3. Hand picking and combing takes more time than you think. Although nit picking and

combing are effective in removing head lice, it is an incredibly time-consuming process.

To thoroughly pick and comb through an entire head of hair, you need to set aside 2-5

hours per session and repeat each session at least 3 times. That’s a lot of time! Also, the

effectiveness of hand picking and combing is entirely dependent on the person doing it,

and even one missed egg can lead to reinfestation.

 

4. It is best to screen the entire family once lice is detected. No matter who

in your family has lice, we recommend screening the entire family. You never know

where the lice came from or how and when you had contact with them during their

infestation. They could have lice for one day or 20 days, it is hard to know. It is best to

be proactive in checking the whole family since it is extremely likely for lice to spread

between family members.

 

5. There are professionals here to help you. You are not in this alone! At Pediatric Hair

Solutions, we understand that you lead busy lives and don’t have the time to deal with

head lice alone. We also understand that not everyone feels comfortable dealing with

these little, annoying bugs, even if you did have the time! We are trained healthcare

professionals who know how frustrating it is when lice have entered your home. From

the initial screening to the final treatment, we will walk through the entire process with

you to ensure that you are comfortable and fully satisfied.

 

If you discover lice on the head of your child or family member, remember that Pediatric Hair

Solutions is here to help. Contact us with any questions or concerns, or stop by one of our clinic

locations for assistance today!

Tips for Keeping Your Family and Friends Lice-Free

We all dread that call or letter saying there has been a lice infestation at our child’s school. It is also distressing when a friend or another family member has lice. Luckily, there are precautions you can take to keep your friends and family lice-free. While these tips do not guarantee a lice-free household, they greatly reduce the chances of getting lice and are the best place to start.

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  1. Avoid head to head contact. This is the primary method for keeping your friends and family lice-free. Lice are most often spread through direct contact since they are unable to jump or fly. They need human blood to survive, and they are attracted to the warmth of the human body, so they don’t last long removed from that comfortable environment. It is important to share this information with your children and any other friends or family members who are unaware. Children very often touch heads when playing or at sleepovers, so it is imperative to stress this tip for preventing a lice infestation in your household.
  2. Do not share anything that touches the head or ears. Although lice only live 48 hours or less when removed from the human head, there is still that short window of time where they can find their way back to another host. This is why learning not to share anything that touches our heads is essential. While it may be easier for adults to avoid sharing these items, it is often not so simple for children. Children love to share with their friends and siblings, and can seem strange and unfriendly not doing so. Spend time instructing your children on the importance of not sharing the following items and WHY it is important: