Tips for a Lice-Free Summer Camp

Some of your child’s best memories are often made at summer camp. Unfortunately, head lice like camp just as much as your children do. Don’t let the pesky problem keep your child from the fun of swimming, games and campfires this summer.

Pediatric Hair Solutions keeps campers lice free!

How to prevent lice at summer campMore camp programs are being proactive about preventing the spread of head lice and calling on Pediatric Hair Solutions to help. Our clinicians will be heading to camps in the Southeast this summer to help prevent lice outbreaks.

We offer camp concierge services that include head checks for all campers upon arrival. Children who are found to have head lice are treated on-site using our guaranteed process that includes a non-toxic solution and a heated air medical device. Our service protects other children from getting head lice and allows campers who arrive with head lice the ability to stay and enjoy their camp experience.

Camps with proactive head lice policies using Pediatric Hair Solutions services include: Camp Greystone, Camp Merrie-Wood, Camp Judaea, Camp Green Cove, Camp Wayfarer and Camp Kanata.

Pediatric Hair Solutions also provides customized assistance based on the needs of each camp to establish policies, treatment protocols and guidance for campers and their families.

For camps not using our concierge service, we can provide our non-toxic treatment solutions and, if there is an outbreak, send a nurse to help contain the spread within 48 hours of a report.

Tips to prevent lice in your camper:

As you prepare to send your child to camp, you should also prepare for the potential of head lice. It makes sense, kids are together day and night, sleeping in tight quarters.

Before camp starts, be proactive and have your child checked for head lice in the privacy of one of our clinic locations.

If your child has recently had lice and you’ve been treating it with over-the-counter shampoos, chances are they still have lice and should be checked. Super lice are resistant to most chemical treatments.

When camp starts, remind your child not to share brushes, combs, hairbands or hats. For children with longer hair, it helps to keep the hair tied back in a ponytail or bun.

Don’t forget to pack Pediatric Hair Solutions Preventative Lice Spray. Our non-toxic, lice deterrent has a light mint scent that lice don’t like.

If your child’s camp does not have a head lice policy, it’s important to have them checked for lice after camp ends. Lice is present in 2-4% of school-aged children so chances are several kids at camp came there with lice.

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.

How to Talk to Other Parents About Head Lice

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The topic of head lice is usually not the most popular one amongst parents, though it is a necessary one. Head lice spread most easily between friends, family, schoolmates, and team members. Here are a few tips on how to talk to other parents about head lice:

  1. Decide to just do it. No, we’re not Nike, but we know that talking to other parents about head lice is not on the top of anyone’s list of conversation starters. Now, talking about head lice doesn’t have to just be when there is an outbreak. In fact, we recommend talking about head lice with other parents in your community before any outbreaks occur, if possible. That way, everyone is more knowledgeable and hopefully comforted that they are not alone or an anomaly when someone in their family comes home with head lice.
  2. Learn the facts. When bringing up the topic of head lice to other parents, have some facts to bring to the table. Many people are scared of head lice without knowing anything about how the creatures actually behave. Head lice are harmless and infestations very treatable, and every parent should know this! Check out some of our recent blogs for more information you can bring to the discussion.
  3. Discuss a plan. Don’t just talk about how head lice are spread or ways to prevent head lice, but discuss a plan for what can be done in the case of a head lice infestation. In addition to knowing about effective head lice treatment, it is a good idea to discuss a plan for telling each other when head lice have been discovered. That way, no one is completely caught off-guard. Also, take into consideration your school’s lice policy, making sure everyone is on board. Additionally, we are your local head lice experts at Pediatric Hair Solutions, so don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to set up a consultation appointment.
  4. Send a letter. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we offer to send anonymous notifications to those who may be affected but would not take well to a phone call or face-to-face conversation about head lice. Our Lice Alerts are free and anonymous, making it easy for you to alert anyone in your community about the potential risk of a head lice infestation.

Talking to other parents about head lice is something best done as a preventative measure instead of after the discovery of an infestation. If you find yourself needing to warn other parents of a potential for head lice, be sure to double-check the situation. There is no need to spread false news, especially with the fears and myths about head lice that many people believe! Stay informed and mindful, noting that head lice are an unfortunate reality for many families. Learn more about how Pediatric Hair Solutions can help you treat head lice effectively and naturally.

Tips For Keeping Leonard Off The Team

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Do you or your kids love to play sports during the summer or will you be signing up for to play for the fall? Getting out and enjoying a game with friends, colleagues, or classmates can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for kids and adults alike. Of course, there is always the risk of a head lice infestation when groups of people are together sharing equipment, huddling, or even taking selfies. Don’t let head lice get you down, though! Just take the following tips into consideration to help keep Leonard off the team:

 

  1. Bring your own hats or helmets whenever possible. This is especially relevant to youth sports, as they are often part of a school team where equipment is provided. If it is within the sport’s rules and regulations, have your child bring their own hat or helmet. If you are unable to do so, then stash a bottle of our Preventative “No Bugs” Spray bottles in their gym/sport bag to help prevent a lice infestation.
  2. Do not share anything that touches the head. This includes headbands, hair ties, sweatshirts with hoods, hats, headphones, etc. People are quick to share in order to help a friend and teammate, but unfortunately Leonard is sneaky and can travel from head to head quickly this way.
  3. Share information with teammates. There may come a time when your teammates wonder about why you won’t share a hat, or you brought your own helmet. Be open and share the facts about how head lice are spread through head-to-head contact very quickly. Leonard is very stealthy and makes himself hard to detect until it’s too late.
  4. Be extra careful in the locker room. Although head lice have a short life span off of the human head, there is still a chance for infestation in busy locker rooms. There is no need to avoid the locker room, but simply be aware and bring your own towels.

 

Before you suit up for kickball or bring the kids to soccer practice, take a moment to look at these tips for keeping Leonard the Louse off your team. He’s pretty sneaky but can only move around by either direct head-to-head contact or by sharing items that typically go on or touch the head. Playing sports is a great way to get exercise, enjoy the company of our teammates, and join in some healthy competition. If you discover head lice, however, remember that Pediatric Hair Solutions is nearby! We are experienced healthcare professionals that have years of experience helping families eradicate head lice infestations.

 

 

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.

DIY Summer Hair Care

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Summer is the best time for going to the beach, spending time at the pool, having picnics and barbeques, and so much more. Unfortunately, a lot of these fun summer activities can take a toll on your hair. With all the damage and drying that the sun, saltwater, and chlorine can do to your hair, it’s no wonder most of us have brittle hair by the end of the summer!  To start and end the summer with healthy hair we put together our favorite DIY summer hair care treatments.

For the occasions when you only have time to do a quick rinse after a swim, here is a simple, hydrating leave-in conditioner that will leave your locks soft and smooth:

 

In a spray bottle mix together:

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Mist and comb through wet hair and be on your way!

If you’re getting ready to hit the pool, here are a few suggestions for a pre-swim treatment to avoid chlorine damage:

  • Coat hair in coconut oil or jojoba oil and then pin up your hair.
  • Wet hair, spray with a leave-in conditioner (like the one mentioned above), before putting on a swim cap for extra protection.

Be sure to rinse and shampoo your hair after swimming, even in a lake or the ocean.

For those times when you really want a luxurious deep-conditioning treatment, here is our favorite DIY recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon argan oil (or if you cannot find pure argan oil then jojoba or emu oil work well)
  • 2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil

Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. Let cool for a couple minutes before adding the argan oil (or substitute) and essential oil. Whisk together and then comb through clean, dry hair. Let sit for approximately 30 minutes before rinsing and shampooing.

Although it is better to avoid excessive heat and product styling during the summer, sometimes you need a cleansing rinse to wipe the slate clean. Here is a DIY recipe we love:

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 drops each, lavender and rosemary essential oil

Combine in a spray bottle and shake well. After shampooing hair, spray a generous amount in hair, massage into hair and scalp and let sit for a minute or two. Rinse and enjoy! Keep in mind the vinegar smell will dissipate as soon as hair starts to dry.

 

Don’t let hair damage get in the way of any summer activities. Keep in mind that as you swim, wash your hair, treat your hair, etc. that there is still a risk for head lice. As friends and families spend more time together in the summer, the risk for head lice continues. If you have questions about head lice or need a consultation or treatment, contact Pediatric Hair Solutions today!