Head lice is a major concern for many elementary aged school parents. We see families come to our clinic who have been battling head lice for months, tried every otc treatment available, and have lost all patience with this parasite. So what treatment actually works? Head lice are a simple species but are quite a nuisance. The old method of removing head lice was to comb and pick for weeks on end until every last bit was out. These days, parents truly don’t have that kind of time which is where the professionals come in. Here at our clinic in Danvers, we have years of combined experience and an excellent track record of successful treatments. We also offer a 30 day guarantee on all of our removal services and do our best to educate parents and caregivers on the best way to avoid getting head lice ever again. Our methods are tried-and-true. They involve modern techniques and products combined with traditional Combing that ensure a safe, non- toxic, guaranteed solution to head lice infestation.
“Oh head lice, how I love you so”, said no mother (or father) ever.
In the clinic, we are frequently asked if Head lice are “more popular” in the winter. First of all, nobody likes them so they are surely not “popular” ???? but to answer this question, no. Lice is a year round issue but awareness throughout the seasons changes. For example, at the end of summer and during the time that kids are returning to school, we are ringing off the hook and have tons of people showing up with “light” cases. This is the result of heightened awareness among parents due to the time of year. On the other hand, in the dead of winter, our phones are much more quiet. The difference here is that people are coming in with extremely heavy infestations that have been existing and spreading throughout a household for months because live simply just wasn’t on their radar so Mom or dad never thought to take a look.
So the REAL question is how can you as a parent prevent head lice becoming a real conundrum? We recommend using a repellent spritz daily (shameless plug for our organic tea tree and lavender spritz, $15) and performing a quick screening once per month on your child using a lice comb. Visual screenings are not sufficient and are the reason some cases of lice go on for month unnoticed. If you are not comfortable performing a screening yourself, I recommend getting a professional one so that you can learn how to do it at home properly. Lice is NOT a health issue, it is a nuisance but we are here to help!
They are two of the most common questions among frustrated parents; why don’t schools send lice letters home, and why are students with lice allowed in school? While some school districts in Massachusetts continue to send students home, as well as notify other parents, when lice infestations are discovered within the classroom, many area districts have changed their policies when it comes to head lice. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school, and both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. When a child gets head lice, parent frustration is understandable; dealing with head lice can be overwhelming. But there are numerous reasons why no-nit policies and letters home ultimately make no difference when it comes to preventing head lice infestations.
In order to identify head lice infestations in school, all students would need to be screened on a regular basis, and most, if not all, schools simply do not have the staff or resources to dedicate to frequent screenings. Routine screenings would be necessary because not all students with lice infestations are symptomatic. 1 in 20 children have head lice at any given time, and of those children only 40% experience the tell-tale itch, which is an allergic reaction to the saliva from head lice. So while the school may identify some children with lice, it’s likely there are others in school with active infestations who show no obvious symptoms.
Early on in an infestation lice and eggs are often missed, especially when only a visual screening is conducted. A female louse lays approximately 3-5 eggs per day, and eggs take another 7-10 days before hatching, so an infestation may not be obvious one week, but much easier to spot the following week.
Even if schools send letters home encouraging parents to check their children for head lice, many parents do not know what to look for or how to identify head lice. Debris, dandruff, and hair product are often mistaken for lice eggs. Actual viable lice eggs, which are grayish-brown and close to the scalp, are often missed upon visual inspection, and are difficult to see in darker hair. Parents may miss lice infestations on their own child, and send them back into the school setting untreated.
So what are parents to do? A parents best defense against head lice is to conduct routine screenings at home, because lice letter or not, there are always children in school with head lice. Effective screenings require just a few simple tools. Parents are encouraged to invest in a good lice comb, like the Terminator Comb carried by LCA Danvers. Using a spray bottle filled with leave-in conditioner, detangler, or water, parents should wet the hair behind the ears, at the nape of the neck, and at the crown, and comb from the scalp to the ends of the hair shaft looking for small grayish-brown eggs, or live lice. For parents who want to be absolutely sure, we provide screenings and instruction. Lice doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and routine at-home screenings are a parent’s best defense against the continued spread of head lice.
Peace, love, and lice❤️
Boarding schools are absolutely amazing- we have traveled to quite a few to do mass head lice screenings and treatment for students. The facilities are always spotless, Staff goes above and beyond to accommodate the kids as well as my staff, and it’s just such an impressive community based atmosphere! We have been fortunate enough to work with boarding schools in our area and have always had a great experience and loved helping! Communal living, especially with younger crowds, is the perfect place for head lice to spread. Lice prefer a clean head, so it is not a signal of anyone being unkempt. It is the exact opposite! Teenagers love to take “selfies“. If you don’t know what that means, it’s basically aiming a camera at your face while touching your hair to someone else’s – the perfect breeding ground for the fast spread of a lice infestation! What we would recommend is, students wearing their hair in ponytails and avoiding head-to-head contact the best that they can. The ways that you will not catch Lice are from couches or chairs in the common room, sharing bathroom facilities, and sitting next to someone. Place can spread very easily, but it is also very easy to avoid assuming that it is on your radar! With this type of living situation, I monthly had check would be ideal to avoid a true problem starting throughout the facility. I have to give a shout out to the amazing nurses that we have worked with at local boarding schools for being proactive and supportive for their students!
Guys! Being the mom of a kindergarten child means LICE! That’s right- even the loce lady gets that panicky feeling when the email comes through! Afraid of lice infesting my home? NO. Afraid of doing all the bedding/ laundry/quarantining stuffed animals and loving for 24 hours? YUP. Lice is for sure a nuisance… BUT curing head lice doesn’t have to be a two week ordeal. At LCA Danvers we can get you in for a same day appointment AND get you lice free WITH a 30 day guarantee on all services in about an hour!
Hello families! We have had the privilege of meeting and curing head lice for thousands of people here on the North Shore! Middleton was the first town that had an outbreak when we opened back in 2015 and I will never forget how amazing the families were at working together, spreading awareness, and letting others know that our facility was just one town over! It has been a crazy, lice filled ride and we wouldn’t change a thing:) always remember, Don’t Let The Lice Win! We are here to help with safe, proven solutions starting at $40!
That time is quickly approaching moms and dads- BACK TO SCHOOL! While you may be partially jumping for joy to get your family back into the routine of the school year (and because you are regaining freedom for 6 hours a day lol) it is always a bummer when the fun, carefree days of summer come to an end. September and October are historically our BUSIEST months of the year for people coming in with active lice. I’m talking BIG groups of bug infested peeps calling us day and night! Many people ask what the “season” for lice is. The truth is that lice is an issue year round but the public’s awareness of head lice grows and depletes at different times of year. For example, during back to school time, lice is on every mom and dad’s radar in a big way. Throughout the September-October stretch we have a lot of people coming in with lighter cases. At other times of the year, people come in with very heavy cases because nobody had the urge to check their child for lice until it was so apparent it could be seen from a mile away. This is not to the fault of the parent, we see this frequently so don’t let the “mom guilt” beat you down.
With all of this being said, back to school does happen to be our busiest time, BUT it has nothing to do with being back in school. What most parents don’t realize is that lice is a community issue that gets brought into the school, it’s not the other way around. It is not up to a school nurse to perform regular lice checks, it is up to moms and dads to be diligent in checking their families. School nurses have ALOT of kids with real health issues to look after during the school day- food allergies, dispensing medications, injuries that happen during recess.. the list is endless and those gals and guys work really hard to care for our children in our absence. One of the real issues I see in the clinic is parents coming down hard on school nurses in regards to a head lice outbreak at their school. The lice policy is created by the school district usually and as I said, the BEST thing that a parent can do is to just take a quick peek at their kid’s hair every once in a while. School nurses are always there to help if you aren’t sure or don’t know what you are looking for but when it comes down to it, lice is not a health threat- it is a nuisance (ok a BIG pain in the behind). So next time you see your school nurse, thank her for working so hard and being there for our kids every day throughout the school year- they deserve a pat on the back!
Have a fun, amazing school year!
Ya’ll head lice is a massive beeee-yoch to deal with at home on your own! I’ve been there- that is the reason that I opened this lice clinic. That being said, professional service isn’t the right fit for everyone which is why we offer options starting at just $40. Our chemical free, pesticide free DIY kit is foolproof and not only comes with everything you need to home treat successfully, but also comes with unlimited questions answered by yours truly ????????
So, the down low on home treating a head lice infestation is actually pretty simple. What you need is a big bottle of 100% dimethicone oil, a very tight lice comb (I prefer the terminator), and some real determination. With home treating lice it is important to check EVERY SINGLE PERSON in your household. The first mistake that parents who are home treating make is assuming it is just the one kid who has lice. Keep in mind that with lice, it’s usually 2-3 weeks before there is enough debris in the hair that it is noticeable. In that time frame, an entire household can easily be infested. So, after performing a thorough screening on everyone in the home, treatment can begin. In order to beat a lice infestation you must oil the hair and comb each section daily for 10-14 days depending on how heavy the infestation is. Even if you think your child is clear after day 1, I cannot stress how important it is to JUST KEEP COMBING. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts with home treating lice despite what some products may advertise.
Ya’ll I feel like I survived a straight up attack! This blog post is not directly about Head Lice or Superlice but I think it will help to put things in perspective for those of you, who like me at one time, jump on a crazy train straight to hell when they discover their family is infested with lice! I had a lice ordeal back in 2015 and I was a nut.. I home treated with Nix, Rid, the electric comb gimmick, mayonnaise, coconut oil, vinegar, mouthwash.. the list goes ON AND ON. Anywho, I eventually got professional help and my lice problem was ended once and for all.. but this story isn’t about lice.. it’s about…
COCKROACHES. Yup, I said it.. and I feel itchy and icky all over just from thinking about those nasty little creepers????
Guys, my husband and I found a cockroach, or what we thought was a cockroach on our hall closet door and we HIT THE ROOF ☝???? Stage 1, DENIAL. We googled like maniacs trying to find ANYTHING else that this unwanted guest could have been.. no luck.. all signs pointed to cockroach. Stage 2, BLAME.. where did this come from? Do you think it’s the only one? Did AMAZON PRIME boxes bring this dirty little critter into our home (moment of silence as I vow to never mail order anything ever again)?! Stage 3, ACCEPTANCE. Off to Home Depot I went to stock up on roach bait and traps galore… determined all the while to not soak my home in pesticide based products because it is against EVERYTHING I stand for personally and as a business owner.. By the way, shout out to the adorable old man who helped me to the pest control aisle ????????
Anywho.. after tearing my home apart, throwing away anything we haven’t used in the very recent past, setting traps all over my house, and finding 3 more of these little turds, I gave in and called the pest control company. It literally hurt but I researched like a nut job and it seemed I had NO WAY OUT without the very same pesticides that my lice removal clinic is built on avoiding.
Fast forward to TODAY.. the very informative, early, pest control guy shows up and I have immediate regrets.. I’m actually debating just living with roaches because all I can think of is the nasty side effects related to permethrin and malathion and how I just CANT expose my family to it and how my professional life is literally a mission to help others avoid these nasty products! So, he comes in, does a complete check of our home, explains to me what “wood roaches” are and how they actually do not like to live in the house and when you live in a wooded area they sometimes just come in.. and how they are no different than a spider or ant.. and how treating isn’t necessary.. and I am immediately transported into a mind state that reflects how a lot of our clients feel.. is he sure? How does he REALLY know my home isn’t infested (he explained and very patiently showed me 10 reasons why lol). What if he’s wrong and I get eaten alive by cockroaches?!
have faith.. trust the experts.. I spend at least half of the time I am corresponding with clients convincing them that they either never had lice, that their lice is gone, that our treatment works.. the questions are endless and I sympathize 100%.
Lice sucks BUT there is an easy, fast, safe solution available which I could not be more thankful for.. cockroaches in the other hand.. no “safe” way to be rid of those suckers and I am glad I side stepped that land mine!
happy 4th and be safe, happy, and healthy.. and remember- lice is the least pesky pest!