Head Lice in Children
If you have little ones in school, then there’s a good chance you’ll have to deal with a head lice infestation at some point in time. Preschool and elementary children tend to be the primary targets of head lice, with six to twelve million infestations occurring every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, we’ve helped successfully diagnose and treat hundreds of children who have contracted head lice. Our team always uses natural, safe, and effective treatment methods. Be sure to contact our professional lice technicians today if you think your child has lice.
How Did My Child Get Head Lice?
The head louse, also known as pediculus humanus capitis, is a wingless parasite that can be found in human hair, eyebrows, and even eyelashes. Since head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an affected person, it’s very likely that your child caught head lice from a friend or classmate at school or camp. Head lice can also be spread when people share clothing and belongings with a person who has a head lice infestation. If you’re afraid to send your child to school due to a recent lice outbreak in the classroom or at home, it’s important to remember that lice will not cause any real harm to your child. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should not be restricted from attending school because of head lice or nits.
Lice Prevention Tips For Children
If your child’s class has been infested with head lice, there are certain steps your child can take to reduce their risk of catching head lice. While it may be tempting for your child to share their personal belongings at school or camp, it’s essential to let them know that lice can crawl at a speedy-fast pace and that they should avoid sharing things like:
- Hair brushes and combs
- Hair clips, ties and accessories
- Baseball caps, beanies and bike helmets
- Winter scarves and coats
- Earphones and earbuds
Minimize Head-to-Head Contact
If your child loves to play with other kids in a close manner, it can be very natural for them to place their heads close together. If your child’s classmate has lice, however, this is an activity you will want them to avoid. Ask your child to stray from games that could lead to head-to-head contact with others, at least until the lice outbreak at their school or camp has subsided.
Separate Personal Belongings
Many childcare centers and schools provide shared spaces for children to store their belongings. Unfortunately, these areas can be a breeding ground for lice. Areas such as shared closets, lockers, and drawers can create an opportune environment for lice to pass from one person to another. Ask your little one to keep their personal belongings to themselves during an outbreak to reduce their risk of catching lice.
Signs Your Child May Have Head Lice
The first sign of head lice in children is often excessive itching around the scalp, ears, and neck. To manually inspect your child for lice, part their hair and observe their scalp for small white or yellow-brown specks attached to the hair shafts. If you see any small, sesame-seed-looking things attached to your child’s hair, they are likely nits, or lice eggs in their shell casings. While some people may be able to see adult lice crawling around their child’s head, they can be especially difficult to spot due to their tiny size and quick movements.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can take up to six weeks for your child to experience symptoms of lice. For immediate lice removal services in Houston, call Lice Treatment Solutions today!
What to Do If Your Child Has Lice
If there has been a lice outbreak in your child’s school or daycare, the facility may notify all parents about the outbreak so they can take preventative measures. When your child returns home from school, inspect their hair for signs of nits and head lice following the instructions below.
- Wet your child’s hair with water and apply a good amount of conditioner to their hair.
- Let the conditioner sit for at least 15 minutes. Conditioner suffocates lice, making it easier to remove them with a comb.
- Comb through small sections of your child’s hair with a fine-tooth nit comb.
- Examine their scalp and hair shaft while combing and wipe the comb on a damp rag or paper towel (the darker the color, the easier nits can be identified).
- Inspect the damp rag or paper towel for any obvious signs of nits and lice.
If you find nits or adult lice crawling around your child’s scalp, then contact the lice removal experts at Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston today.
Choose a Method of Lice Removal
While many parents like to use over-the-counter pesticides to rid their children of lice, our lice removal experts strongly advise you not to use these products. Pesticides can easily be absorbed in your child’s skin, which is the largest organ in their body. When a pesticide is applied to the skin and scalp, harmful chemicals can pass through their bloodstream, causing harm to your child’s brain development and more. Lice have also become pesticide resistant, which means they have the ability to combat and defeat over-the-counter pesticides.
At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, we understand how serious the effects of pesticides can be to children, which is why we offer a variety of natural and non-toxic head lice solutions to effectively eliminate lice from your head and scalp.
Check Everyone in Your Household for Lice
Before you treat your child for head lice, it’s important to make sure no one else in your household has contracted lice. This will give you an opportunity to treat everyone that has been infected without having to worry about passing lice back and forth. Parents should also consider washing bedding and clothing used by anyone with lice in the 48 hours before treatment.
Clean Your Home Thoroughly
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only cleaning things that the infested child has been in contact with within 24 to 48 hours before treatment. Start by washing your child’s clothing and bedding in hot water and put them in the dryer on high until they are completely dry. You can then move on to vacuuming items around your house that the infested child has used, such as your couch, carpets, and any stuffed animals they may sleep with.
Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston is proud to be a leading provider of lice inspections and natural lice treatments throughout Texas. Contact our lice removal experts today to schedule an appointment!