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.

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 (, 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.

Lice is a four-letter word – Stacey Hatton

Special to The Star

September 14, 2015

I need to air my recent grievance to the public. Truly, I try to be the wine-glass-is-half-full type of gal, but I had a bomb dropped on me that brought out the cynic in my Syrah.

There is no way to sugarcoat my woe. In fact, I’m pretty sure I would prefer a root canal than wish this on my worst enemy. At least there are drugs that can help you get through mouth surgery. I’d rather have an endless laundry pile rather than experience this again.

Wait, I take that last one back. That’s partially what’s been causing my panic attacks.

Just rip off the Band-Aid and spit it out…

We had lice. Parasites. An infestation, if you will. The secret L-bomb!

Never before have I so vehemently practiced sterile technique, and I’ve worked in a children’s hospital.

If you’ve never experienced these little bugs from hell, you will. I hate to be the bearer of horrific news, but it’s inevitable. Either your kids or your grandkids will drop off these itchy nuggets while you’re watching reruns of “All in the Family” in your comfy living room recliner — and those suckers will latch onto your hair follicles and (shh!) re-pro-duce.

Oh, yes, I’m sure many of you were like me. “I’m too clean to get lice,” I boasted. “They are for peasants and Third World country dwellers!” Well, I’m here to tell you my clean head and various princess heads in the neighborhood have never itched so badly. This pest war has entered my suburb and I’m ticked!

After much personal research and costly visits to the “experts,” I am a professional louse executioner. I might even start up a lice removal version of those Stella and Dot jewelry or Jamberry home parties.

The reason why I’m jumping on my tea tree oil box is it is about time we stop shaming our kids. I want to break through today’s social barriers and go all “Norma Rae” about kicking the stigma to the curb. I’ll be yelling it from the rooftops, from church steps and various factory union meetings — whatever it takes to get my message out.

Lice is not a four-letter word! (Waits for applause.)

OK, maybe it is, but shouldn’t we be able to discuss infestation outside of school nurse room curtains and dark alleyways? What’s so shameful about having bugs taking residence on your noggin? I agree it’s gross, but shaming others is unjust. If you are brave enough to discuss it with friends, you will find out that about every house in your ZIP code has experienced the insanity that comes with the territory.

Especially now that there are teenaged-mutant lice running rampant in many states. The stories are plastered across all media. These buggers are resistant to over-the-counter drugs. They have built up such resistance to old-school treatment, that everyone’s going to have them. It’s the new fad.

“Did you hear? Becky’s family has lice.”

“No! I’m so jealous! You know that lice is the new black stink bug.”

“Yes, it’s all over Facebook!”

Maybe lice infestation isn’t pleasurable. Unless you have some twisted love affair with washing every fabric item in your house, vacuuming daily for three weeks, or twice a day picking nits out of your loved one’s tresses.

But can’t we give lice a break? Nits happen. Deal with it, stop the blaming and quit laughing at the downtrodden.

And remember, paybacks are an itch.

This article originally appeared in the Kansas City Star.



Stacey Hatton is a New York Times best-selling author, blogger, mother and head slapper. She can be reached at or her blog,

head lice shampoo

Is it lice? Do I use head lice shampoo?

Is it lice? Do I use head lice shampoo? An estimated six to 12 million infestations occur in the U.S. annually. It is particularly common among pre-school and elementary school children. Head lice do not transmit any diseases, but they are very contagious and can be very itchy. To determine if your child has been infected with head lice and what to do next, review the details below for more information on eliminating lice.

What Steps To Take If My Child Has Lice:

First, confirm that your child is infected with head lice by:

  • Check behind the ears and at the back of the neck for any signs of lice • Look for a rash, as lice might cause a rash on the back of the neck • Look for nits, as they are dark brown in color, only turning clear and sometimes white when they have already hatched • Nits feel like a tiny hard speed bump on the hair • Don’t panic; lice are treatable; call Heartland Healthy Heads for assistance

Here Are Some Things To Do Right Away: • Check other members of your family for lice • Notify anyone who has had recent contact with the infected person • Notify the school that your child attends • Call Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal for the most thorough Lice treatment available • Heartland Healthy Heads uses the AirAlle TM system and is Certified in the Shepherd Method, both are all-natural method of lice removal that is 100% guaranteed

To Shampoo or Not to Shampoo: • Over-the-counter head lice shampoo and treatments only kill lice. • Lice shampoos don’t kill nits (eggs) • Many shampoos and treatments contain toxic chemical and can enter the blood stream through the scalp/skin • Even if you use a shampoo that kills the lice, you still need to remove the nits • Don’t shampoo with harsh chemicals or pesticides, call Heartland Healthy Heads 24 hour Lice line at 913-730-NITS (6487) for immediate assistance • For additional information on lice removal and preventative care, click here!

We know it can be very stressful to deal with a head lice infestation, but we can help! We are safe, fast, and convenient.

Call Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal for a 100% guaranteed lice removal treatment using the AirAlle TM system and Shepherd Method Combing techinique. We are available 7 days a week for your convenience!

Call: 913-730-NITS (6487) or visit our website at

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Is It True?


Is it true head lice prefer clean hair? We hear this question a lot at Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center. The age old idea that one is dirty or unclean if they have head lice has taken a turn. For many years the misconception one is dirty if they contract head lice has done a complete 180. We hear it almost every day. “I read on the internet lice really only like clean hair.” The fact of the matter is, Head Lice do not care. They just like hair on the human scalp. I suppose if you get a pickier louse they may tend to prefer clean hair. They just like hair, long or short, blonde, brunettes or red heads (or even grey), curly or straight, thick or thin, even dirty or clean. They probably do not even care you use gel, hairspray, mousse or get a permanent. Hair dyes don’t even matter.

Head Lice know where they need to be to survive. They want to get to a human scalp to feed and more than likely will venture onto any hair to survive. Although there are certain scents lice do not like so as a prevention it may be a benefit to use a prevention spray including lice repellant scents like peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass or lavender.

The best prevention by far is to keep hair tied back, use braids, buns and ponytails. Head Lice are transmitted through hair to hair contact and very common among school age children. Here at Heartland Healthy Heads we say check often and treat early, this helps to stop the spread of head lice. Here at Heartland Healthy heads our mission is to decrease the stigma associated with head lice and dispel the common myths. Feel free to call our 24 hour lice line with any head lice related questions 913-730-NITS (6487).


How Can I Tell If My Kid Has Lice?

Head Lice! Just the mention of the words will leave you scratching your head and overwhelmed. Just knowing your child may have head lice can be alarming and send parents into a panic. Knowing how to tell if your child has lice can be tricky, especially if you have not ever seen head lice eggs or nits before. One of the biggest problems with head lice is the common myths. Head Lice can happen to anyone, regardless of social class or cleanliness.  It is almost always passed via direct head-to-head contact, not from sharing hats or brushes, or going to the movies or on a plane. Young children are more susceptible, because they don’t have personal space needs like older children and adults do, and their heads are more likely to touch. What are the signs of head lice?  Many people think that itching is the first sign of a head lice infestation, but actually, many people don’t itch for two or more weeks after they have contracted the first.  In fact, by the time your child is itching, they most likely have already had lice for several days or weeks.  Your best bet in identifying head lice in your child is to check their heads often, once a week is ideal.  You are much more likely to find eggs or nits than you are a bug.  Nits are dark brown in color when they are new and viable, and can turn clear or white when they are older and no longer viable.  You should look for small, dark brown bubbles that are firmly attached to the hair shaft, less than half an inch from the scalp.  If you see things that appear to be stuck to the hair shaft, but they are white and they will slide easily under your finger tips, this is NOT lice.  A nit will feel like a hard speed bump under your fingers and will not slide down the hair shaft.  Some children develop a rash at the base of their neck. Heartland Healthy Heads is always here to help. You can always delegate the checking to the experts at Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center.  Our professional head checks are incredibly thorough!  If you would like peace of mind give us a call at 913-730-NITS (6487).

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:



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 ( 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: or Call our 24 hour lice line with any questions: 913-730-6487. We can help!!


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 ( 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 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