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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.

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).

head lice information

Need information about head lice?

Need information about head lice? Not sure what to do. Looking for the safest, fastest and most effective treatment for head lice. Look no further. Here at Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center, Head Lice is all we do. The right information can go along way when treating head lice, saving you a lot of time and frustration. Not only do we have the most effective lice treatments, we also know all about lice. All our treatments include education about head lice. We love to teach all about head lice, so every family knows what it looks like, how it is transmitted, how to clean the home and how to lessen the chance of having it again. In support of our community we offer other services, including group rates, camp services, school wide head checks and head lice educational presentations to community groups. We even have a 24 hour lice line 913-730-NITS (6487). Call the head lice experts at Heartland Healthy Heads with any questions about head lice or to schedule a head lice screening or treatment.

School Lice Policy?

Know your school lice policy? When you get the head lice call from school, don’t be angry at your school or school nurse, be an advocate for your family! According to the National Association of School Nurses, children with head lice should not be barred from school, rather they should be “discouraged from close direct head contact with others.” The organization’s position statement, which was reiterated and revised in 2011, concludes: “The school nurse is in a position to take the lead in eliminating school exclusion policies and, instead, incorporate evidence-based practices that reduce the stigma associated with head lice, and work to increase classroom time with an emphasis on keeping students in school.” The American Academy of Pediatrics adopts a similar stance and recommends a prompt and safe treatment of head lice with as little interruption to a child’s daily routine as possible.

When head lice is going around, tell others quickly and talk about the best way to get everyone checked, treated and past head lice. Don’t be embarrassed and don’t get mad when other parents let you know head lice is going around. Yes, head lice can travel from head to head at school, but also moves around from head to head at outside school activities (slumber parties and sports activities or family gatherings).

Here at Heartland Healthy Heads, we hear the story all too often from frustrated parents who have tried numerous products, spent hours combing out nits and hundreds of dollars and tears wasted trying to get rid of head lice, only to blame the school for failed head lice treatments. The fact remains if head lice is not cleared from your social circles or if you do not get an effective treatment head lice will continue to linger around. The best way to stay lice free is to check often, treat early and tell others. Don’t waste time being angry at your school. Just take action: know the facts, get an effective treatment and tell all your close contacts. The stigma associated with head lice is powerful and can only be overcome by knowing the facts about head lice. Heartland Healthy Heads is a full service head lice treatment facility. We provide safe and non-toxic treatment options. In addition, we love to educate the community about head lice. If you need further information about head lice, call the experts at Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center at 913-730-6487 or visit our website: www.heartlandhealthyheads.com.

 

 

Head Lice Prevetnion

Head Lice Prevention

Head lice prevention is helpful to keep lice away. Understanding how lice are transmitted is important if you want to try to avoid the little pests. Head lice are most commonly spread through direct head to head (hair to hair) contact and less commonly by sharing clothing, bedding or chairs. One thing that is hard for most to understand, is the risk of getting a head lice from a louse that had fallen onto the carpet or furniture is very low. Head lice do not survive for much more than a day if they are not on a human head. Also nits (eggs) cannot hatch and usually die if they are not kept at the same temperature as found near the scalp. According to the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.html) the following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Heartland Healthy Heads strives educate the community about head lice prevention and safe treatment options. Please call our 24 hour Lice line at 913-730-6487 with any head lice questions regarding prevention or treatment.

 

Overwhelmed with lice, HELP!

Overwhelmed with lice, HELP! The kids are cranky, especially the teenager. She will not let anyone know she has lice. My 5 year old won’t let me even look at her hair more than 5 minutes, and my 3 year old son. Well, I have no idea how to tell if he really even has lice. The laundry is piling up and I have no one to even look at my hair and the babysitter is livid that she could have the little bugs on her head. My parents were here last weekend too and want to know what to do. My life is being consumed by these little pests and I cannot even see them. I only know they are there from my kids scratching and scratching. The internet is filled with conflicting information and a few friends told me just to use mayonnaise. And I also hear that the over the counter shampoo does not work. What do I do now? And who can HELP me?

At Heartland Healthy Heads this is an all too familiar story. We are here to offer HELP with any lice treatment. We are just a phone call away and will be able to assist you with whatever lice treatment you choose. Call us today so we can help you get through head lice and the chaos it bring to life. If you choose to treat yourself call us for HELP, we have the most up to date information regarding head lice and lice treatments. At Heartland Healthy Heads we are trained and certified in two treatment methods: Shepherd Method strand by strand lice removal technique and Licensees for Airalle’, the FDA cleared professional lice device. For more information: www.heartlandhealthyheads.com or Call our 24 hour lice line with any questions: 913-730-6487. We can help!!

Airall'e Lice treatment

History of the AirAllé™ Lice Device

The AirAllé™ device concept originated in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Clayton at the University of Utah, where he is a professor in the Department of Biology.

Most research in Clayton’s lab concerns basic aspects of the biology of birds and their feather lice. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s Dr. Clayton successfully cultured lice on captive birds, such as common pigeons, for basic research purposes. However, when he moved his lab to the University of Utah in 1996, from Oxford University in England, he encountered great difficulty keeping lice alive on captive birds. Perplexed, he consulted colleagues working on other small insects, such as fruit flies. He was informed that, because of Utah’s arid climate, they too had difficulty keeping insect cultures alive. The large surface to volume ratio of these small insects apparently makes them vulnerable to desiccation in such an arid climate.

When Dr. Clayton’s  own children contracted head lice that appeared to be resistant to chemical shampoos. Clayton’s experience with pigeon lice suggested it might be possible to control head lice by reducing the level of humidity near the scalp. A variety of methods were tested in Clayton’s lab, ranging from the use of chemical desiccants, to heat caps fitted with electrodes, to rice bag caps heated in a microwave, to various hair dryers and blowers up to the size of a leaf blower (don’t try this at home). These approaches were tested on student volunteers in the lab – including Clayton’s own children – many of whom were temporarily infested with small numbers of head lice.

Following months of tinkering, it looked likely that it might be possible to kill head lice and their eggs with a novel, custom- built device that combines fast-moving heated air, a precise angle of application, and the right duration of treatment. Working out the specifications required a good deal more experimentation over many more months using custom-engineered LouseBuster/Airalle’ prototypes. The culmination of this work was the publication in 2006 of a paper in the journal Pediatrics reporting data on the relative success of the different kinds of hair dryers, compared to the LouseBuster device, for killing head lice and their eggs.

Larada Sciences, Inc., which incorporated in 2006, formed to take the LouseBuster, now Airalle product to market.

A follow-up study was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2011 that showed the LouseBuster was highly effective at killing lice and eggs, even in the hands of novices.

Lice

Head Lice: The Do’s and Don’ts

Head Lice can be overwhelming, so here are a few do’s and don’ts to help with head lice. Every parent gasps at the news of head lice and scrambles to prevent or eradicate the little pests from the family. Head lice is a common problem with an estimated 12 million cases each year in the United States (www.cdc.gov). There are various treatment options available. For the do it yourselfers there are various products including home remedies, over the counter products and prescription products. Professional lice services also exist and offer various treatments methods to put an end to lice.

DO’S

DON’TS

DO perform a comb through weekly. Make it a habit to check for lice weekly. If you check often you can treat early. Don’t freak out if you child gets head lice! Having lice does not mean that your child or home is dirty.We don’t want children to feel that it is their fault or ashamed in any way.
DO treat the problem as soon as you are able. Each day that it is not treated leaves opportunity for lice to continue reproducing and spreading to others. Don’t keep it a secret. Making others aware that lice lurking let them get check and treated so it moves out of your social circles faster. This lessens the chance of getting it again.
DO know that common over the counter products are no longer effective. If you choose to use them anyway follow the directions carefully and if they do not work the first time move on to another option. Don’t overuse toxic products or pesticide products. The life cycle can be hard to break, leading parents to overuse pesticide products that may be harmful if overused.
DO consider using pesticide free products and understand the life cycle. Professional lice services can also get you past head lice quickly. Don’t be embarrasses to ask for advice. IF you are not sure you have an effective treatment look to a professional head lice removal service or your health care provider.

 

As a resource center, Heartland Healthy Heads is happy to answer any questions regarding head lice and head lice treatments.  Call our 24 hour lice line with any questions 913-730-NITS (6487) or check out our web site www.heartlandhealthyheads.com.

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.