Don't blame the school

Don’t blame the school!

Head lice are a nuisance for parents. Often parents panic, become frustrated when treating head lice multiple times and blame the school. In addition to being icky, treatment can be difficult, time consuming and tedious. Parents have been known to be very vocal about head lice out breaks.

Head Lice and School Policies

In the Kansas City area, most schools allow kids to stay in school with head lice or nits in the hair. While it seems practical for kids to be excluded from school with any signs of head lice to keep the bugs from spreading among the kids, it can do more harm than good. In the United States, children miss 12–24 million school days annually due to head lice and on average parents lose $2,700 in lost wages, childcare costs, and expenses for treatment. Schools also miss out on funding because students aren’t in school. Most importantly, head lice and no-nit policies create a stigma that can follow kids even after their head lice is gone.

Most schools in Kansas City, follow common protocols recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. At school, the student is sent to the nurse to verify they have head lice. The parents are then notified and the child must be treated before returning to school. Keeping a child out of school for head lice doesn’t really do any good. Most kids with head lice have it a couple weeks before symptoms like itching appears, so they have been in the class room with these kids all along. Sending a child home with head lice does not actually eliminate the lice from the school or classroom. There is evidence that at any given time 1 to 10 percent of students in elementary school will have head lice. Not to mention parents, siblings and any close contacts outside of school might have head lice too. So, in fact, there is never a lice free zone.

Check often and Treat Early

The best way to avoid a hassle with head lice is to check often and treat early. Heartland Healthy Head recommends checking once a week for head lice. The earlier you find lice the easier it is to treat. Another way to avoid head lice is to keep hair tied back to lessens the possibility of head to head contact with others who may have lice.

Several treatment options are available for head lice including over the counter, prescriptions and home remedies. Heartland Healthy Heads is Kansas City’s exclusive provider of the Airalle’ treatment. Airalle’ is a FDA cleared medical device that works to dehydrate lice and eggs. Heartland Healthy Heads is happy to answer any questions regarding head lice and your school’s policy regarding head lice. Please call our 24-hour lice line at 913-730-6487. And we recommend you be nice about lice, anyone can get it.

Lice And Play Dates: Handling Your Child’s Social Schedule When Lice Are Afoot

ed4e4e1c-93af-4eec-a87b-931c5e458558Getting together with friends is an important part of your child’s routine. Regular play dates keep your child active and teach him or her to get along with others.

But what if a lice infestation is going around your child’s school or neighborhood? When it comes to your child’s social activities, a lice infestation can create a lot of questions. Let’s look at some commonly asked questions to find out how lice might affect your child’s social routine.

Should My Child Have a Play Date if Lice Are Going Around?

A lice infestation doesn’t mean you need to lock your doors and keep your child inside. Dealing with an occasional lice outbreak is a normal part of childhood. And fortunately, lice are not dangerous. They typically do not cause medical problems beyond an itchy scalp.

It’s also unlikely that simply playing with another child will give your child lice. Canceling your child’s play dates probably won’t prevent lice and can instead cause conflict with other children and their parents.

If your child will be playing with a friend who you know had lice, talk to the friend’s parents. Make sure the friend has undergone lice treatment. If he or she has, there shouldn’t be a problem.

How Can My Child Avoid Getting Lice During a Play Date?

Rather than preventing your child from playing with other children, educate your child about how to prevent lice. The only way lice can spread is to jump from one head to another, so tell your child not to touch his or her head to someone else’s head. For example, he or she could avoid hugging and wrestling with other children when lice has been reported in the area.

You should also tell your child not to share hats, hairbrushes, pillows, or hair pieces with other children. Studies show that transferring lice through these types of clothing is unlikely—but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Keep in mind that it’s impossible to determine the source of the lice. Plus, like a cold or the flu, lice can happen to anyone. Teach your child not to blame other children for starting the lice breakout. Blaming specific children can cause these children unfair emotional harm and can also damage your child’s relationships.

What Should I Tell Other Parents if My Child Has Lice?

If your child does get lice, that doesn’t mean he or she can’t play with other kids for months. Of course, you should get the lice treated before his or her next play date.

The best way to treat lice is to take your child for a professional treatment. The professionals at Heartland Healthy Heads are licensed to use a special device that uses heated air to dehydrate the lice and eggs. Only safe non toxic products are used to end your child’s head lice safely and quickly.

As an added precaution, you should continue to comb your child’s hair every day for two weeks to ensure you’ve completely removed all lice.

Make sure you get all your other family members screened for lice as well. Your child’s friends don’t need to be screened unless they shared headwear or pillows with your child.

What should you do if your child was recently treated for lice, but he or she has a play date coming up? Children can typically return to school or daycare as soon as they’ve received treatment for lice. The same can apply to play dates.

However, if your child has had lice in the past two weeks, it’s a good idea to inform the friend’s parents. Let them know that your child had treatment to remove the lice. If the parents decide to cancel the play date, don’t take it personally. Let your child know that he or she can play with friends in a week or two, when you’re sure the lice is completely gone. Come up with an alternate, fun activity your child can do with you.

A lice outbreak is unfortunate, but it’s nothing to lose sleep over. Lice are not dangerous and do not spread as easily as you might think.

Your child should be able to keep a regular social schedule, even if there are lice at school or in the neighborhood.

Signs of lice include an itchy scalp and tiny bugs and eggs near your child’s scalp. If your child shows signs of lice, bring him or her for professional treatment right away. At Heartland Healthy Heads, we offer urgent, professional lice treatment. Call us today to make an appointment!

Getting to Know a Pest: 10 Interesting Facts About Lice

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Lice live on your scalp and make your head itchy. Other than this, how much do you really know about these pests? Knowing a bit more about head lice will come in handy if you ever find yourself facing an infestation of these parasites. To get you started on your educational journey, here are 10 interesting facts about lice.

1. Lice Do Not Spread Disease

Finding out you have head lice can be a bit nerve wracking, but rest assured—these pests are pretty harmless compared to other bugs. Unlike ticks, mosquitos, and fleas, they are not known to spread any diseases.

You do want to have an infestation treated promptly since all of that itching can lead to sores that could become infected. However, you don’t need to worry about contracting a serious disease like malaria or Lyme disease from the lice.

2. Lice Are Incredibly Common in the United States

There’s truly no reason to be embarrassed if you contract head lice. You’re not alone! Between 6 and 12 million people end up with lice every year in the United States. It’s most common in school-aged children, but adults get it, too. Anyone who comes into contact with another person who has lice is at risk, no matter how clean their clothes, hair, and home are.

3. Lice Have a Three-Stage Lifecycle

When the nurse looks over your head or your child’s head and spots lice, what they see are not always adult lice. They often spot nits, which are louse eggs, before they see an actual adult louse. Adult lice lay eggs, or nits, along the base of the hair shaft.

About eight days later, these eggs hatch into nymphs, which are tiny, immature lice. After another 9 to 12 days of feeding, nymphs mature into adults about the size of a sesame seed. Adults are often difficult to spot because they scurry away so quickly.

4. There Are Many Species of Lice

The term “louse” actually refers to a group of approximately 5,000 related insects in the order Phthiraptera. However, only three of these species regularly interact with humans.

Pediculus humanus capitis is the species name of the head louse, which is the most commonly dealt-with of the three. Pediculus humanus corporis is the body louse, and Pediculus pubis is the pubic louse. Other louse species live on chimpanzees, horses, dogs, and other mammals but do not bother humans.

5. Lice Can Be Passed Indirectly

In other words, you do not need to have direct contact with someone who is infested with head lice in order to contract lice. If an infested person uses a hat, comb, or towel and you later use that same hat, comb, or towel, you may end up with lice. Adult lice can live away from a host for about two days.

6. Lice Don’t Always Cause Symptoms.

You always hear about lice making people exceedingly itchy. You see videos of people relentlessly scratching their heads as the lice bite at their scalps. But the truth is, some people experience little to no itching when they’re infested with lice.

Your level of discomfort depends on how heavily you’re infested and how sensitive your scalp is. This is one reason why it’s so important for school-aged kids to be regularly checked for lice. You can’t always rely on itching as an indicator.

7. Female Lice Can Lay Up to Eight Nits Per Day

What starts off as a mild lice infestation can quickly develop into a heavy one. With females laying up to eight nits per day, it does not take long for a few lice to reproduce and become several hundred. The sooner a lice infestation is discovered, the easier it is to treat—largely because there are fewer lice.

8. You Can’t Pass Lice to Your Pet

As discussed above, there are many different species of lice, and those that infest dogs and cats are different than those that bother humans. So don’t worry about snuggling with your dog or cat after you’ve been diagnosed with lice. You can’t pass the pests on to them.

9. Lice Have Bothered Humans for Centuries

There are records of lice infestations dating back to the 1200s, and they probably bothered humans even before this. In the Middle Ages, they used to treat lice with a mixture of pork fat, lead, aloe, and incense. Thankfully, today’s lice treatments are a lot safer—and less nauseating!

10. Penguins Carry 15 Species of Lice

If you do become infested with lice, just be thankful you’re not a penguin. They have it a lot worse, as there are 15 species of lice that bother them. And since penguins in the wild don’t have access to lice treatment, you can bet they spend a lot of their time itching.

Now that you know a bit more about these pests, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them if they ever do take up residence on your scalp. Do you have lingering questions about lice? Are you worried that you may be infested? Call our 24-hour Lice Line, and we’ll walk you through the diagnosis and treatment process.

Beat Lice With Style: 4 Girl’s Hairstyles for Lice Prevention and Recovery

While head lice can happen to anyone, little girls with long hair are particularly vulnerable to infestations. Loose long hair may come into closer contact with other children’s heads during school or play, giving lice more access points to your daughter’s head.

Whether lice has been going around in your child’s social circle or she was recently treated for head lice, choosing the right hairstyles can help keep your daughter’s hair neat, stylish, and pest-free. In this blog, we list four hairstyle options that can supplement official prevention and treatment measures.

1. Ballet Bun

The sleek and classic ballet bun is ideal for little girls who have a high risk of exposure to head lice. The "wet and done" appearance of this hairstyle allows you to control virtually all stray hair.

To create a ballet bun, you’ll need a hair tie, several bobby pins, and a comb. You may want to finish with hairspray or hair gel and a bun net, especially if your child has short or fine hair. These extra supplies help keep the bun in place all day.

Pull your daughter’s hair into a high ponytail and secure the ponytail with the hair tie. Then, twist the hair in the ponytail so that it starts to look like a rope. Wrap the twisted "rope" around the hair tie at the base of the ponytail to form a bun. Secure with bobby pins and a bun net. Use hairspray or gel throughout the process for extra smoothness and shine.

2. French Braid

Is your daughter’s hair too short or too layered for hairstyles that sit high up on the head? Consider a French braid instead. The French braid looks beautifully complex but provides a simple solution for flyaways.

For a French braid, you’ll just need a brush or comb and a hair tie. Start by separating out a section of hair at the top of the head that’s a little smaller than the section you’d use to style your daughter’s hair half up and half down. Divide this section into three strands and begin your braid normally.

Once you’ve crossed each strand over, pull more hair from either side of your child’s head into the closest strand. Alternate between braiding and sweeping up new sections of hair until all your daughter’s hair is contained in the braid. Finish the braid to the end of her hair and secure with a hair tie.

3. Headband Roll

For an easy touch of Old Hollywood glamor, use the headband roll. This deceptively simple style gives the appearance of a classy updo without as much work or upkeep.

To create this hairstyle, you’ll need a brush, an elastic headband, and bobby pins. This hairstyle may also require hairspray, especially if your daughter’s hair has layers.

With your daughter’s hair down, place the headband on her head. The headband should be in about the same position you’d put it in for normal use, but it should not be placed under the hair at all. Simply slip it on over their hair. If your daughter has slick or fine hair, use bobby pins to secure the headband’s position.

Then, take a small section of loose hair from one side and tuck it into the headband, hiding the ends of the hair. Continue separating and tucking up sections until all your daughter’s hair is "rolled" around the headband. Use bobby pins as you go to prevent stray strands from coming down throughout the day.

4. Messy Bun

The messy bun creates an artsy yet put together look. This hairstyle has been on trend for years and shows no signs of going out of style due to its versatility and compatibility with most hair lengths and hair types.

Use a brush, hair tie, and bobby pins to pull together a messy bun. If desired, you can also use a texturizing spray if your daughter’s hair is particularly straight or fine. However, you should avoid using a texturizing product if you are currently treating your daughter’s hair with lice products.

Simply pull your daughter’s hair into a ponytail. Begin putting on the hair tie as you would for a normal ponytail, but pull the hair through to create a bun. Use the bobby pins to give the bun shape and personality—the messier it is, the better it will look! Just be careful of too many loose strands hanging down.

 

Any hairstyle that keeps your daughter’s hair tidy and off of her face, neck, and shoulders can reduce her risk of head lice. Experiment with accessories, braids, and other personal touches to help your child find her unique style even while battling head lice.

Remember that while strategic hair changes can reduce the risk of lice, hairstyling alone cannot prevent lice in all situations or get rid of lice entirely once your child has them. If you suspect that your daughter has head lice, bring her to Heartland Healthy Heads for professional screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

Is It Really Lice? Other Causes of Itchy Scalps

Your daughter won’t stop scratching her scalp. You heard that someone at her school has lice, so your first thought is that she has lice, too. You rush to the store to buy all the lice-busting solutions you can think of.

Before you jump to conclusions, make sure lice are really the cause of the itchiness. Let’s look at other common causes of itchy scalps.

1. Dandruff

Your child’s itchy scalp may be simply due to a common condition called dandruff. Dandruff occurs when yeast builds up on the scalp. It causes an itchy sensation and causes the skin to flake off.

You can tell if your child has dandruff if you see tiny flakes of skin in his or her hair. Usually, you can remove the dandruff within a short time period by using an anti-dandruff shampoo. If that doesn’t work, see a dermatologist for a prescription shampoo or cream.

2. Allergic Reaction

Perhaps your child’s skin is experiencing an allergic reaction to his or her shampoo or another hair product. Your child might feel a burning sensation on his or her scalp along with itchiness.

If your child recently used a new hair product, that hair product might be to blame. If symptoms persist, see a dermatologist.

3. Dirt

The cause of your child’s itchy scalp could be something as simple as dirt. Perhaps he or she was playing on the ground and got tiny specks of dirt and debris in his or her hair. Washing his or her hair will quickly remove the problem.

4. Eczema

Eczema is an allergy-related condition that can cause itchy, red, and irritated skin. It can even spread to other areas of your child’s body, such as the neck and face.

Using shampoo and lotion may be all it takes to treat mild eczema. Taking short showers in water that is warm but not hot may also help, as can using a humidifier to create a more soothing environment for irritated skin. If the problem persists, see a dermatologist for a medicated cream or an oral medicine.

5. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. An overactive immune system can cause skin to become inflamed. It also causes the body to produce new skin cells, which causes old skin cells to push to the surface. Thus, you’ll see red or silver-gray patches on the scalp or elsewhere on your child’s skin. You may also notice tiny red spots on the skin.

Try medicated shampoo that’s made to treat psoriasis. If that doesn’t work, a dermatologist can prescribe another treatment or medication. Severe cases may require injectable steroids.

6. Ringworm

Ringworm is an infection that causes itching, rashes, and hair loss. You might also see red patches on the scalp and skin. Surprisingly, ringworm is not caused by a worm but a fungus. People can get it from touching soil or infected items, animals, or people.

If you suspect a ringworm infection, see a doctor right away. If the doctor diagnoses ringworm, he or she will prescribe powerful anti-fungal medication.

7. Scleroderma

A less common cause of itchy skin is scleroderma, a connective tissue disease. It causes an increase in collagen, a protein found in connective tissue. This causes hard patches of skin in different areas of the body. At the first stage of the disease, dry skin causes the skin to itch.

The treatment depends on the type and severity of scleroderma. It might include medicines that decrease immune system activity.

8. General Itching

Sometimes an itchy scalp doesn’t have a direct medical cause. There are a few simple ways to reduce scalp itching.

  • Wash your hair with warm water.
  • Clean your hair brushes and combs.
  • Avoid sharing combs and hair accessories.
  • Choose gentle, itch-free shampoos and hair products.

Also, encourage your child to avoid scratching his or her scalp, which only exacerbates the problem. Scratching can sometimes cause scabs, which can become infected.

What If It Is Lice?

Of course, lice are still one of the possible causes for an itchy scalp. Lice are tiny insects that feed on human blood, and they often live on human scalps. The lice release saliva, which irritates the scalp and causes itching. Lice can travel between heads by head-to-head contact or occasionally by sharing hats, brushes, or hair pieces.

Look closely at your child’s scalp to see if you can spot the adult lice. You may also see tiny eggs attached to your child’s hair. These eggs look like dandruff but aren’t as easy to remove.

You can remove lice with lice combs, shampoo, and other solutions. But professional solutions are a better bet to completely eliminating lice.

If you suspect lice, visit Heartland Healthy Heads. Our trained and certified employees know exactly what to look for to spot lice. We also provide thorough treatment options that will completely remove any trace of lice from your child’s hair.

How To Help Your Child Deal With Embarrassment Related To A Lice Infestation

You notice that your child has begun itching his or her head constantly. When you take a closer look, you think you may see nits, eggs, or other signs of lice. A visit to an experienced clinician confirms your suspicion: your child has head lice.

As a parent, you understand that lice is a common problem that should have little effect on your child’s health or even his or her appearance. However, if your child has never dealt with this issue before, he or she may feel embarrassed or ashamed about a lice infestation.

Many children experience embarrassment related to head lice due to misconceptions spread by teachers, other adults, and their peers. Some children may also experience teasing or bullying, especially if a friend or friend’s parent thinks that a certain child gave head lice to other children.

Use the guidelines below to help your child deal with any embarrassment he or she may experience due to an infestation.

Educate Yourself

To combat the stigma surrounding head lice, you have to know what you’re actually up against. Telling your child or another parent well-meaning but false information can contribute to feelings of disgust or fear in reaction to head lice infestations.

For example, many parents have heard the myth that lice prefer dirty hair. This misconception leads to many children feeling dirty, lower class, or less attractive because they assume they must exhibit these negative traits or they wouldn’t have lice.

Learn about head lice transmission and treatment so you are better equipped to help your child deal with the negative perceptions that he or she might be exposed to due to misinformation. You can start educating yourself right here on our blog.

Share Information With Your Child

To combat feelings of embarrassment, empower your child with information. Explain that lice infestations are common and aren’t a big deal in the long run. If you or another adult family member has had lice, talk about your experience. Emphasize the fact that, even if you felt embarrassed at the time, head lice did not affect your overall life.

Be sensitive to your child’s comprehension level to avoid confusion that could lead to further embarrassment. For example, a young child may just need to know that he or she has little pests in his or her hair and that treatment methods force those pests to move out of the hair. An older child may feel safer and more confident understanding how lice spread and mature as well as what to expect during treatment.

Empathize With Your Child’s Emotions

It’s important to understand that while lice are not dangerous or an indicator of personal cleanliness and character, your child may still feel scared or ashamed. Your child’s emotions may be particularly strong if he or she has been teased about the infestation or treatment.

To help your child overcome these negative feelings, start by imagining the experience from your child’s perspective. When you empathize with the isolation, embarrassment, or anxiety your child may feel, you can better understand what comfort he or she needs from you.

For example, if your daughter has an irrational fear about what the lice or treatment might do to her hair, reassure her that her hair will stay beautiful. You may even want to apply a small amount of lice lotion or shampoo to your hair to demonstrate that the treatment doesn’t affect hair health or appearance.

Answer Questions as They Arise

There’s a lot of information to know about head lice behavior and treatment. Your child may forget what you have already said or may have new questions later on. As questions come up, give calm and clear answers to reassure your child.

If you don’t know the answer to a question, consider researching with your child or bringing up the question with an expert. These actions help your child feel supported and protected and fully informed.

Work With Teachers and Fellow Parents

Much of the embarrassment children may experience related to head lice results from the stigma surrounding these pests. You can learn more about diminishing this stigma through constructive conversation in our blog “Head Lice Stigma: Let’s Talk About Head Lice.”

If your child’s teachers or friends’ parents are wary due to the infestation, talk to them about the situation directly. Spreading correct information can reassure these adults and decrease any negative impact on the children involved.

Use these strategies to minimize the effect that a lice infestation can have on your child’s emotional well-being and seek professional treatment to eliminate the infestation quickly. Soon, your child will be back to his or her happiest and healthiest self.

Suspect your child has head lice, but aren’t sure? At Heartland Healthy Heads, we offer comprehensive screenings, important patient education, and effective treatment options to identify and address head lice infestations. Schedule a head lice screening today.

Classmate With Lice? It’s No Big Deal

If the school recently sent out word that a student in your child’s class has lice, you may be filled with dread. You don’t want your child to get the pests—it means a lot of extra work for you. You’ll be tasked with treating the infestation and may be asked to keep your child home for a few days, which can throw off your plans for work or appointments.

However, lice are not worth panicking over. Many schools and parents overreact to the news that lice has been found on a student—it’s not that big of a deal. The following facts can keep you calm while you and other parents deal with this “crisis.”

1. Lice Aren’t Dangerous

Lice are pests, nothing more. They may make your child’s scalp itch a little, but lice do not carry diseases or cause health problems unless your child is allergic to them, which is rare. If your child does end up getting lice, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t panic.

2. Lice Is Common

Getting lice is a common childhood risk. If your child is making friends and playing with other children, chances are your child may eventually get a case of lice before growing up. Many children do get lice at some point, just like most children get scraped knees and colds. Take the lice as a sign that your child is having a normal childhood.

Don’t believe myths that lice are more common on children who are dirty or unhygienic. Lice are equal-opportunity parasites: they take whatever human head they can find. If your child gets lice, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed to wash your child’s hair enough.

3. Lice Infestations Are Old News

By the time a case of lice is discovered, the lice have often been there for about a month already. In that time, nothing bad happened, and it’s possible that the lice never passed to anyone else. If your child has lice, know that it’s nothing to react strongly to; the lice have already been living on your child’s head for a while with no adverse effects.

4. Lice Don’t Spread Easily

Even if the lice have been on a student in your child’s classroom for a while, that doesn’t mean your child will be affected. Lice do not jump between people and cannot survive off a human head for very long. While it’s possible that lice can spread between children through sharing hats and combs, it’s not very probable.

Usually, the only way your child can get lice is by putting his or her head next to or against the infested child’s head for a few minutes, letting the lice crawl over. If your child is not good friends with the infested child, it’s not likely that the two would play in such close quarters.

If you worry that someone in the classroom has lice, tell your children to be careful about touching heads with other children. If your child has long hair, you can also minimize his or her risk by tying it up in a ponytail or braiding it to get it out of the way of crawling lice. No matter what, though, your child’s risk is still small—and if he or she does get lice, remember, it’s still highly treatable and isn’t dangerous.

5. Lice Is Often Misdiagnosed

If someone other than a medical professional looks for lice on a child’s scalp, it’s likely that he or she might incorrectly diagnose the problem. If your child has dandruff or was playing outside and got sand in his or her hair, it could look like lice to the untrained eye.

If a teacher thinks that a child has lice, maybe the child does. However, it’s not a sure thing—take a nurse’s opinion on the subject more seriously.

6. Children Don’t Need to Miss School for Lice

Because lice doesn’t spread easily, isn’t dangerous, has been around for a while, and is very common, children do not need to miss school for lice. If the school nurse does a lice check and finds lice on your child’s head, your child should be able to remain in school until the end of the day and go back the next day.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get rid of the lice. Definitely find a treatment that works for your child, but your child poses little risk to other children, especially compared to the downsides of your child missing school for several days.

If the school gives you trouble about sending your child to class, you have science on your side. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all agree that children with lice and nits should go to school. Get a doctor on your side if the school is being particularly stubborn. Your child shouldn’t have to miss class for lice.

 

If you need help correctly diagnosing and treating lice, contact Heartland Healthy Heads. We’re trained lice treatment professionals that can take care of the problem without any fuss.

Does RID really work for head lice?

Does RID really work? is a question we hear all the time. According to the National Pediculosis Association, there are no over-the-counter or prescription treatments to kill lice that are totally safe and scientifically proven to be 100% effective against head lice and nits. Some maybe harmful pesticides and if they don’t work can lead to repeated use, ongoing infestations and resistant strains of head lice. While common over the counter products such as RID and NIX remain the go to products in the United States. The question remains, Does it get rid of head lice?

Resistance to commonly used over the counter products has become a problem in the United States. A new study published March, 2016 in the Journal of Medical Entomology reports resistance to the  pyrethrins or pyrethroid insecticides is common and wide spread in the United States. Here is a link if you are interested in reading the full article entitled: Expansion of the Knockdown Resistance Frequency Map for Human Head Lice (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae) in the United States Using Quantitative Sequencing. Heartland  Healthy Heads was glad to assist in collecting head lice for this research.  25 Samples from Kansas and Missouri were shipped to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to be analyzed.

As a community resource for head lice in Kansas City, we offer the most up to date information regarding head lice. Our facility offers screenings and non-toxic treatment options for head lice. For the do-it-yourselfers we  offer  I Hate Lice home treatment products.  If treated in our facility, we offer the Shepherd Method strand by strand lice removal and Airalle. Heartland Healthy Heads is a preferred provider for Lice Clinics of America and the exclusive provider of the Airalle, controlled heated air device treatment in the Kansas City metro area. Now with 2 locations, Olathe, KS and Liberty, Mo. We offer a 24 Lice Line service to answer any questions regarding head lice identification, prevention and treatments. Call us today at 913-730-NITS (6487).

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Head Lice Services

Summer camp always has head lice looming around. Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center offers services for camps to ensure kids are lice free before entering camp. The best way to stop lice from looming through your camp is to have every child and staff member screened for lice before entering camp.

Heartland Healthy Heads is a full service lice removal clinic owned and operated by medical professional who take head lice seriously. We offer screening and treatment services so kids can jump right in and enjoy every moment of camp. Our service eliminates the need for kids to miss camp due to head lice. The last thing any camp or camper wants is to be embarrassed or not allowed to participate due to head lice. In addition to screening for head lice, we are able to provide treatment on sight in about an hour. As preferred providers for Lice Clinics of America (liceclinicsofamerica.com), our treatment provides the fastest and most effective approach to treating head lice. Our treatment utilizes Airalle’, an FDA-cleared medical device that uses hot air to kill lice and eggs. It is clinically proven to be 99% effective on ending the pesky nits that our often missed with only a comb out.

No camp is too big or too small and every camp has different needs. We will tailor a program that is right for your camp. Services include:

Complete mobile treatment

Pre-Camp head checks

On-site services: head checks and treatment before entering camp

After camp treatment in our clinic

Lice-awareness and education for camp staff

Let the lice experts handle your head lice screenings and get kids treated quickly so everyone enjoys camp. Call us today at 913-730-NITS (6487). Each camp will also receive a free head lice educational presentation for staff and receive discounts as part of our #BeLiceFReeInKC initiative.

Head Lice Facts

Heartland Health Heads is here to educate the community and provide head lice facts. The American Academy of Pediatrics ( www.aap.org) estimates that 6-12 million people get head lice in the United States each year. Contrary to some myths, lice are just as likely to infest a clean head as they are a dirty one. While the thought of bugs in a child’s hair may be upsetting – there’s no reason to panic!

What Are Head Lice?

  1.  Head lice are tiny wingless insects.
  2.  They have 6 legs and do NOT fly, jump or hop, they only crawl quickly.
  3.  They are human parasites that feed on the blood off the scalp.
  4.  Feeding off the scalp causes the itching.

How Prevent the Spread of Head Lice:

  1. The main way lice are spread is head-to-head contact.
  2.  Do not share hair-related personal items.
  3.  Avoid sleepovers and slumber parties during lice outbreaks.
  4.  Machine wash and dry, at high temperatures, any bedding and clothing used by anyone having lice.

How Big are Lice and Their Eggs?

  1. Nits (or eggs) are about the tiny and oval shaped glued to the hair.
  2.  Nits are attached to the hair with a strong glue-like substance but can be treated by Heartland Health Heads, the only provider of the AirAllé™ head lice treatment system in the Greater Kansas City metro area.
  3.  Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed.

About the Nit, the Nymph and the Louse:

  1. One nit can hatch after 8-12 days and then becomes a nymph (a young louse).
  2.  A female louse will become an adult in 3-5 days and lay 6 or more nits per day.
  3.  Lice can live about 30 days on your head in their lifetime – that can be a lot of eggs if left untreated.

Where Do Head Lice Come From?

  1. Nobody is certain about the origin of head lice.
  2.  Head lice can even be dated back to mummies in ancient Egypt.

How Do Head Lice Stay on My Hair?

  1. Lice have tiny but powerful claws that hold onto the hair.
  2.  Heartland Healthy Heads professional head lice removal system dries up lice and eggs in 30 minutes by blowing warm air at the hair’s roots, and all are combed out.

Can You Get Lice from Your Pet?

  1.  No. Lice do NOT live on animals.
  2. Pets do NOT play a role in the spread of head lice.
  3.  Head lice are HUMAN parasites and do not live on animals.

For more information about head lice facts visit our www.heartlandhealthyheads.com