Teenagers and Head Lice: Tips for Parents

PHS_Teenagers

 

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!

Midsection of female worker checking movie tickets of family at cinema

 

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!

Modern Version of Miss Mary Muffet

LiceLittle Miss Mary Clunket,
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her rice cakes and whey;
Along came a friend with a head full of lice,
Who sat down beside her and began to text,
When a louse crawled over her eye,
And frightened, Miss Mary Clunket, away.

It’s just that easy to spread lice! Keep your Head to yourself!