How do you get head lice???

How do you get head lice?
Finding out your child has head lice can be alarming and leave you wondering–Where di d my child get head lice? Just know that head lice like to be on the human head, this is where the live and most importantly eat! The do not like to be on furniture, hats and brushes. If you find one there it is more than likely an accident.

Head lice are spread by direct contact with an infested person’s hair. It is most often spread by hair to hair contact. Kids, parents, family, friends and classmates who put their heads together may be spreading lice. Head lice are spread less commonly by indirect contact with inanimate objects, surfaces or personal items of those with head lice.

You probably cannot prevent your children from being social and not having head to head contact with others. Keeping the hair tied back is one easy method (ponytail, braids and buns). If you are worried about catching a bug from personal items of an infected person here are a few tips:

>Hats scarves, helmets and caps should not be shared.
>Make sure everyone uses their own personal brush or comb.
>Do not share hair ties, barrettes or scrunchies.

If playing a sport make sure to have your own gear.
Talk with your kids so they know how lice are spread. Most importantly tell them to be nice about lice. Anyone can get head lice and not know where it came from. If they know of a child who has lice tell them to be kind and let you know. If your child has been exposed check for signs of head lice often and treat early. Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center offers a 24 hour lice line to answer any head lice questions: 913-730-NITS (6487).

Head Lice, now what?

Lice Treatment, now what??

Lice treatment, now what?? We know the stress of having head lice and the frustration of using ineffective treatments.Finding a bug on your child’s head is no fun and quite alarming to those dealing with head lice for the first time. Panic is usually the initial reaction followed by parents reaching for ineffective treatments.It is important to take a deep breath and know that head lice are harmless and manageable. But also multiply rapidly and can be spread to close contacts easily. No matter the treatment you choose the key to head lice treatment is patience, diligence and a lot of time. Removing all the nits is the key to a successful treatment. If you are lacking time and the patience to nitpick, call Heartland Healthy Heads at 913-730-NITS(6487). Heartland Healthy Heads offers the safest most effective lice treatment options and we are here to help you and your family get past head lice. We can give you tips and recommendations for safe treatment options if you to treat at home. As Airalle’(www.airalle.com) providers with Shepherd Method strand by strand certification we offer the safest, fastest and most effective lice treatments available with a 30 day guarantee. If you find a bug and are not sure what to do, call us first we will get you headed in the right direction to be lice free.

Head Lice Experts Around The World

Did you know there are Head Lice Experts all around the world? Heartland Healthy Heads strives to provide the most up to date information regarding head lice along with providing the best quality lice treatment. This means attending the International Conference on Phthiraptera (ICP5). What is that? The name Phthiraptera is derived from the greek “phthir” meaning lice and “aptera” meaning wingless. Yes, this means we will be attending the International Head Lice conference this month.

The International Society of Phthirapterists will be holding the 5th International Conference on Phthiraptera August 2-7th, 2014 and this year it happens to be in the United States (www.conferences.utah.edu/icp5/plenary.html).  The meeting will convene in Park City, Utah and showcase the latest research on lice. It is expected approximately 200 attendees from countries around the world and about half will be people that work on various aspects of the biology and control of head lice and other human lice. The group will range from Ph.D. researchers working on new control methods to M.D.s, nurses and other lice professionals.

We are looking forward to meeting lice experts like Dr. Barbara Frankowski, MD, MPH, FAAP who is the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics clinical Guideline on Head Lice. She will be presenting on Head Lice and meeting the needs of pediatricians, patients, parents and “Nit-Picky” schools. All experts will be on site including Katie Shepherd, founder of the Shepherd Institute (www.shepherdinstitute.com) and author of Lice Advice. Another one of our affiliates, Dale Clayton, University of Utah Professor who is responsible for developing the Airalle’ device (www.airalle.com) device will be presenting and hosting this event. Heartland Healthy Heads knows head lice and actively seeks the most current research and safe treatment options. Call us today with any questions 913-730-NITS (6487).