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Back To School Head Lice Information

Most kids are back in school and sad that summer is now just a memory. Back to school season is also the season associated with something else: avoiding head lice! Or as we call it, lice education season. The more your kids are around other kids, the higher the chance of them getting head lice. You’ve probably heard a thing to two about lice before but if you haven’t had to deal with it, all you probably know is that they are contagious and you want nothing to do with them. We hope you don’t ever have to deal with head lice but if you do, it’s important to know what to do including how to treat them effectively and how to handle the situation. It’s also important for parents to know that lice are common, they don’t carry disease and we can effectively treat them with one treatment.

What can you do as a parent to try to avoid head lice or to treat them if your child is affected? We’re here to cover it all, from what head lice are, to how to get rid of them.

What Are Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny little parasitic bugs that live in the hair and feed off the human scalp for blood, which they need to survive. That’s why lice can’t live off the head for more than 24 hours. Head lice are not necessarily dangerous. However, they are a huge nuisance, they are incredibly contagious and you want to get them treated as soon as possible. Live lice lay eggs, called nits and they secrete a glue-like substance that cements them to hair strands, making it very difficult to remove them. When treating head lice, it’s important to remove every single nit or else they will hatch and a new infestation will occur.  An infestation can last years if not properly treated because the eggs will just keep hatching and then the adult lice will lay eggs and so on. A head lice infestation is no reason to panic. Bring your family to our clinic for treatment and you can go on with your normal life. Seek treatment sooner rather than later.

Nothing To Do With Hygiene

Contrary to a belief that goes way back to ancient times, head lice have nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene. We promise. So, you don’t need to beat yourself up about not bathing your children enough if they get lice.

How Did They Get Lice?

Children get lice through direct head-to-head contact such and touching heads during nap time, hugging, taking selfies or many other ways. They can also get them through sharing combs or brushes with someone who has an infestation. Any child can get lice. Lice don’t discriminate, they just want hair to attach to and blood to suck.

The Symptoms?

The most obvious symptom of head lice is an itchy scalp. Children who have lice also have a difficult time sleeping at night and may feel a moving sensation in the head. They might be irritable without a known reason and they may have red sores on the head or on the back of the neck.

How To Treat Them

In this day and age, lice have become super resistant to common, over0the-counter lice treatments. Because of this, the media coined the phrase “super lice” to describe lice that have mutated and evolved to withstand many chemicals that are supposed to kill lice. This makes lice treatment difficult and makes our treatment even more valuable. At our clinic, we treat lice with the AirAllé® — a revolutionary medical device that dehydrates lice and their eggs by blowing warm air through the hair. We can get rid of a lice infestation with just one treatment and it is medically proven. When it comes to lice, we are experts. Trust our lice treatment and you will not regret it. Call us today for a head check and possible treatment.

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Head Lice Policies In Fayette County

As a parent, it’s your right to know the policies and procedures at your child’s school, including the head lice policies. The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky School Board Association back up recommendations by the American Pediatric Association and the Center For Disease Control (CDC). Because of this, schools have dropped their “no-nit” policies. Children no longer have to miss school because of lice or nits.

The CDC

“Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.
Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. “No-nit” policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:
Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may, in fact, be empty shells, also known as ‘casings’.
Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.
Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel”

However, different districts around Lexington have varying head lice policies, so we encourage parents to have a clear idea of their child’s school policies and procedures.

Lexington-Fayette County Schools

In accordance with the CDC, children with nits may remain in school. However, children with live lice in their hair will be sent home to be treated and return after they have been treated. When children return to school, they will be checked by the school nurse.

Their district policy states:

“School personnel shall actively pursue the prevention and control of head lice in the District’s schools by developing a consistent education, screening and follow-up program for all students. Principals and school personnel trained to identify live lice shall adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. When students are observed/reported to have live head lice any time during the school year:
    a. Playmates closely associated with the student and possibly siblings of the student that attend the same school may be checked for live lice, which are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as crawling lice. In general, school-wide checks are not necessary.
    b. Parents of each student identified as having live lice will be contacted by a school/District representative advising them of the finding. Parents will be asked to pick up the child for treatment.
  2. Principals or school/District personnel shall offer parents of students identified as having live lice:
    a. Visual evidence of live lice in the student’s hair.
    b. Verbal and/or written information/direction for hair treatment and household procedures.
  3. In most cases, students should not be excluded from school. However, in all instances when personnel identify live lice, they shall confirm with the student and/or parent/guardian that the following have occurred:
    a. The parent/guardian has combed the student’s hair with an actual lice/nit comb or
    applied special lice killing shampoo on the same or next day.
    b. When the student returned to school after treatment, designated school personnel
    rechecked the student before s/he returned to the classroom. If live lice remained, steps 2 and 3 above were re-established.
  4. School personnel shall follow up with students found with a second and subsequent cases of live head lice to assure that:
    a. Prescribed medical treatment for live lice has been applied to the student’s hair no later than the next day.
    b. Any second application required is applied within the recommended time frame.
  5. The Superintendent/designee shall:
    a. Establish education/information programs on head lice control methods for school
    personnel, community members, students and parents.
    b. Provide each school with written materials on head lice control and prevention.”

We hope these policies are helpful to you. As a paren, it’s a good idea to know these policies ahead of time so there are no surpirses when an incident does occur.

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Is Coconut Oil An Effective Head Lice Treatment?

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Finding head lice in your child’s hair usually consists of panic and frustration. We won’t judge you if there are also a few tears, whether it’s mom or child doing the crying. Once the initial freak-out stage has passed, the next step is figuring out how to treat it. What is the best option? You may have heard of coconut oil as a lice treatment. On its own, it isn’t very effective at all but mixed with anise spray, it outperformed over-the-counter lice treatments, according to a clinical trial by the Medical Entomology Centre. Out of 50 patients, 41% were cured using this combination, while only 23% were cured using permethrin lotion (over-the-counter). So, coconut oil, combined with anise spray is more effective than over-the-counter lice treatments, but still not as effective as our professional lice clinic treatments. Our AirAllé® is successful 99.2% of the time and our most recommended treatment option.

Coconut Oil Vs. Other Home Remedies

Coconut oil alone is about as equally unsuccessful as tea tree oil and mayonnaise. Don’t use them because they will be a waste of time and potentially harm your children with side-effects. However, coconut oil mixed with anise oil has a higher efficacy rate than both mayonnaise and tea tree oil. In addition, it isn’t as harmful as mayonnaise and tea tree oil. In fact, coconut oil contains some nutrients that are actually good for your hair, skin and scalp.

Even so, coconut oil mixed with anise spray is still unsuccessful much of the time. If you’re a particularly lucky person, you may want to take your chances, but most parents wouldn’t want to risk a treatment that only works 41% of the time. Especially when ourAirAllé treatment is effective 99.2% of the time. Our treatment is also one-and-done as well as completely safe. Every day, parents find reasons to choose our treatment over any other. Skip the hassle and the risk, give us a call for a head screening and treatment.

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Tips For Positive Discipline Within The Home- Part 2

As promised in our last post, we’ve got four more steps for discipline in the home, brought to you by Dr. Katharine C Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline and Jim Fay, the founder of the organization Love and Logic.

1.Give Attention To Behavior You Like and Ignore Behavior You Dislike

A lot of the time, children act our because they want attention, so it can pay to ignore the actions you don’t want to see more of. Kersey calls this the “Rain on the grass, not on the weeds” principle. Tantrums and whining call for playing deaf or walking away. This will help your child learn that there’s a better way to communicate.

2. Replace Bad Behavior With Positive Behavior

Just saying “no” or “don’t” all the time might be ineffective because kids start to tune those words out. Instead of telling your little ones what not to do, Kersey recommends offering a positive alternative to replace the bad behavior. For instance, if your child is acting up at the grocery store, you could make them help gather things from your grocery list or push the cart. Redirect their attention from the bad behavior to something new.

3. Exploit the “energy drain”

Dealing with tantrums and misbehavior can be quite exhausting. Fay says we can use that exhaustion to our advantage. Fay calls it the “energy drain” principle. For example, you might defuse a sibling fight by saying “wow, you need to take that fight with your brother somewhere else, because listening to that could cause me a big energy drain and I don’t think I’ll have enough energy to take you to get ice cream after dinner.” The reasoning behind this is that your child cares more about getting ice cream after dinner than they do about fighting with their sibling so they will most-likely stop.

4. Don’t Bribe

Bribing is very tempting but Fay says it can send the wrong message and form unhealthy habits and expectations for the child. What kids hear is “You don’t want to be very good and you have to be paid off.” Instead, “the best reward for a kid is time with the parents.” Kersey says parents should spend at least 15 minutes of quality time with their children a day. This should be a one-on-one bonding time.

The best investment you can make in your child is spending quality time with them and listening to them and really knowing them.

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3 tips For Discipline Within The Home- part 1

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: parenting is a journey. Although we’re all on different journeys, we probably may have similar goals for our children. Finding a perfect balance for disciplining our children in a positive way can be challenging. Here are three pieces of advice from experts.

Try To Understand The Meaning Behind The Behavior

Naomi Aldort, the author of “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,” says that children want to behave well; if they seem to miss the mark, it’s not wit hour a valid reason. “The most important [thing] is to realize that whatever a child does, we may label as bad, [but really] the child is doing the best he can. It’s our job as parents to find out why [he is] doing it,” says Adlort. “Once we know the valid root of the behavior, we can easily remove the cause or heal the emotions, and the child won’t be driven to behave in that way anymore.

Focus On Controlling Yourself – Not Your Child

It can be challenging to keep calm in the heat of the moment. Dr. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline,” recommends parents model the types of behavior they want their children to pick up on. “We should not do anything in front of [our children] that we don’t want them to do,” she advises. In the case of an extreme behavior disaster, this may be counting to 10, taking a deep breath or stepping away from the situation for a few minutes to collect yourself.

Jim Fay, the founder of the organization Love and Logic, agrees says that “anger and frustration feed misbehavior.” Fay suggests an unusual tactic for keeping your voice in check: instead of yelling at your child when they do something wrong, try singing it. Fay talks about the “Uh Oh” song. If a gets into a cabinet after he’s been asked not to, you might sing “Uh oh, that’s sad you got into the cabinet again. I think it’s time we get a time out.”

Be Consistent with Your Expectations

According to Aldort, parents often overlook certain behavior in the hope that it will pass. “But guess what? She says. “It doesn’t pass.” If your child throws a toy at another child, for instance, you should hold their arm and tell them that their behavior is not acceptable. If they continue, then it is time to remove them from the situation.

Children will often try to test the limits and argue about the rules. In these situations, Fay suggests repeating “I love you too much to argue.”

We hope you found some value in these three tips. Stay tuned for part two with four more tips for positive discipline.

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Quick Facts About Head Lice

Head lice are not common knowledge for most people but it’s important for parents to know a little bit about head lice because over-the-counter lice shampoos and treatments have a very low efficacy rate in this day of super lice. Here are 4 quick facts about head lice.

  1. Head Lice Like Clean Hair

Head lice will infect a clean head of hair or a dirty head of hair. In fact, recent studies show that head lice actually prefer clean hair. Although head lice will infect a child if they have hair, period. It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or boy, have long hair or short. The only people who are not subject to lice are those who are bald. That doesn’t by any means mean we recommend shaving your child’s hair if they get lice. That is an extreme measure that is unnecessary. Instead, take them to our clinic for safe and effective lice treatment.

  1. They May Have Had Lice For A While

We all know that one of the first symptoms of head lice is an itchy scalp. However, the itchiness may not occur until a few weeks into having lice. The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva or lice bites and it often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start.

  1. Regular Head Checks Help Detect Lice Early On

Since itchiness may not occur until a couple weeks into a lice infestation, we recommend giving your kids weekly head checks if they are in elementary school and up it to once a week if there’s a lice outbreak at their school. The sooner you find them, the sooner you can get rid of them.

  1. Our AirAllé Treatment Is Your Best Bet

As lice professionals, we are very proud of our revolutionary AirAllé treatment. It’s a device that blows controlled, heated air in a pattern over the head to dehydrate lice and eggs. It works better than any other treatment without the use of harmful chemicals. It really works and it completed in approximately an hour to 90 minutes.

Give us a call for a head screening and lice treatment. We’d also be happy to answer any questions you have about head lice or treatment. We are experts, after all.

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Family Gets Booted From Flight Due To Son’s Head Lice

Many people on social media have mixed feelings about a recent incident on A Delta Airlines flight. Sports analyst, Clay Travis and his family were kicked off their flight after had lice were found on their 6-year-old son’s head.

Travis’s Website

Travis turned to his website to write about his family’s frustrating experience. His kids had been around cousins who had lice a few weeks before their trip to Paris. As a precaution, Travis’s wife treated their children with over-the-counter lice treatments and gave them regular baths and combed their hair. They never spotted any signs of lice during their trip in London and Paris.

“Until, that is, halfway over the Atlantic Ocean when my six year old son needed to go the bathroom…While he was standing in line for the bathroom, my six year old started to scratch his head. My wife checked to see why he was scratching his head and saw then that he had lice. Several flight attendants rushed over too and peered down at my son’s head. ‘Oh, my God, he has lice,’ they said.”

How It Went Down

Flight attendants told the Travis family that they wouldn’t be able to leave the plane when they land in Minneapolis where they were planning on taking their connecting flight to Nashville.

As a lawyer, Travis turned to the internet to find any policies about traveling with head lice. He didn’t find anything perta8ng to their situation but he found what the CDC says about children with lice at school.

“Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.

Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. “No-nit” policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:

Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as ‘casings’.
Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.

Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel,” according to the CDC.

Kicked Off

The Travis family was told that they would not be able to go on a Delta plane until they all got treated and have a written document to prove it. They recommended them going to the emergency room.

Click below to watch the story.

 

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Super Lice Are Super Lousy

Usually super is a good thing, but in this case, it’s not. Super lice are here in 48 states and they are here to stay. Say goodbye to Rid or Nix and other drugstore lice treatments because they won’t effectively kill head lice. Instead, say hello to our revolutionary AirAllé treatment. It’s the only lice treatment that uses controlled, heated air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. It’s FDA-cleared and medically proven to work.

What Are Head Lice?

Let’s back up a bit for those who don’t know exactly what head lice are. They are little parasitic insects that live in the hair and need a human blood supply to survive. Head lice only survive on humans and can’t live on animals, including your household pet. A louse (singular for lice) has six tiny legs and a claw. They can move very fast, making them hard to spot in the hair. They dislike light and are about the size of a sesame seed. They can’t live somewhere that doesn’t have both hair and a human blood supply. An adult louse lays eggs and the eggs secrete a glue-like substance that cements them to the hair.

What Are Super Lice?

As if regular lice aren’t a nuisance enough, now we’ve got to deal with super lice. Super lice look and act just like regular lice but they are stronger and resistant to pyrethroids, the pesticide used in many drugstore lice treatments. Super lice got their name from the media in 2015 when public research was released that showed that strains if head lice had developed a resistance to pesticides and strong chemicals. The efficiency rate of over-the-counter lice treatments went from 96 percent to 28 percent.

Our AirAllé express treatment is extremely valuable in the lice industry because of its ability to combat super lice. Research shows that heated air will kill lice and super lice alike and we have proved it with over a thousand treatments. So, if you find your children with head lice, don’t go to the store, come to our clinic. Give us a call to learn more! (859) 449-3513

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Five Values To Teach Our Children At A Young Age

Our children are our world. We love them, cherish them and want them to grow up learning good values and morals and working toward success and happiness. It’s our responsibility to instill certain values in them at a young age. Here are Five important values to teach our children.

1. Honesty

It’s hard to come across a genuinely honest person in this day and age but honesty is so important in relationships. We can teach our children to be people of integrity by being honest ourselves and teaching them that we should be honest even when it’s difficult. Honesty goes a long way and future employers will value it.

2. Courtesy And Respect

Children learn about respect by the way we treat others. They notice how we talk to our spouse or our parents or siblings. We can be a good leader and example to our children by always being respectful and courteous of others. Our children will strive to model our behavior. Teach them to always have manners and respect everyone, no matter if they are a janitor at school or the Mayor of the city. Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.

3. Gratitude

Children should grow up learning to appreciate what they have. As we teach children to serve others, they become humble and sensitive to those who live lives differently than theirs. It can be easy to take others for granted but if we teach our children to be grateful from a young age, they will most-likely have this attitude forever.

4. Generosity

It’s sometimes easy to become self-absorbed and only think about yourself. Teaching the importance of sharing and caring can help kids interact better at school and make friends. Teach them to think about others and to be generous. You’ll never regret being too generous but you might someday regret being too selfish.

5. Forgiveness

A life of grudge-holding is a miserable life. Let’s teach our children to forgive others and to let go of things. Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on the good things in life.

These are just five of many values that are important to teach our kids. If we instill these in our kids, they will grow up to be forever grateful.

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5 Myths About Head Lice

Facts about head lice are not exactly common knowledge in our society. We don’t learn about head lice in school much and we aren’t forced to know what it is until we have faced it ourselves. A lot the things you think you know about lice might be wrong. So here are the top 5 myths about head lice, debunked.

  1. Head Lice Are For Dirty People

This is a myth that goes way back. Before there was any research about head lice, people associated head lice with the lower class. It was believed that only dirty people could get lice. We now know that is a huge misconception. In fact, head lice have nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene. The cleanest of kids can head lice. Kids get lice from making direct contact with each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re dirty or clean and it has actually been proven that lice tend to prefer a clean head of hair. So, don’t you dare feel guilty if your child gets head lice, it doesn’t mean you didn’t keep them clean enough.

  1. You Can Get Head Lice From Your Pet

Humans can’t get lice from animals and animals can’t get lice from us. You don’t need to stop snuggling with your puppy if you get lice, they will most certainly stay lice-free.

  1. Head Lice Jump From Head To Head

Head lice are not capable of jumping. They have little claws that allow them to move very fast but they don’t fly or jump. Head lice don’t have wings. They crawl from head to head when children bump heads or share hair accessories.

  1. Head Lice Carry And Transmit diseases

Luckily, head lice don’t carry disease (phew!). They aren’t harmful in that sense. They may cause rashes, bites and extreme itching and they are a nuisance but that is the extent of it. This is why we encourage parents to educate themselves on head lice a bit so there is not a total sense of panic when your child gets lice. Lice seem worse than they actually are to many parents.

  1. Head Lice Prefer Long Hair

Head lice don’t discriminate. They don’t care if your hair is long, short, brunette, blonde, layered, curly or straight. Lice thrive in the hair, period. All they need is a head of hair and a scalp to get blood from.

Head lice are not fun, but they are not dangerous and they are treatable. We treat every case of head lice and we are more than willing to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call to learn about our treatments, or visit our website.