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Preventing Head Lice at Summer Camp

It’s that time of year when you pack up your kids and ship them off to summer camp. They’ll spend their days swimming, playing games and sitting around the campfire. You may have thought about the chance of them getting sick or injured while they’re away. You probably haven’t thought much about preventing head lice, though.

Unfortunately, head lice at summer camp is frequent concern. According to the American Camp Association, one of the most common calls to their crisis hotline each year is from camps with questions about head lice. And a recent study from the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital found that head lice was a significant burden that both campers and their counselors faced. Many camps have a no-nit policy, meaning your child will be sent home if they are found to have lice. Here are some tips to help prevent head lice for your camper this summer.

Talk to your child about head lice. Teach them how to identify head lice symptoms and remind them to avoid any direct head-to-head contact before they leave for camp.

Use preventative products. There are many non-toxic products available that help prevent head lice. Fresh Heads carries sprays, shampoos and conditioners that contain products like essential oils that help repel head lice. Pack these products along with sunscreen and other personal care items so your camper remembers to use them daily.

Hair matters. For boys, keeping hair short is best. For girls, keeping hair tied back in a braid or bun can help in preventing head lice from spreading from head to head.

Head checks. No one wants to be the one responsible for an outbreak, so it’s important to give your camper a thorough head check before sending them to camp. Some camps will also perform a head check on site as campers arrive. You will want to do another check when your child returns home to make sure he or she isn’t bringing head lice home with them.

Even when you do all that you can to try to prevent head lice, it can still happen to the best of us. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the camp’s head lice policy before sending your child. Be sure that your camper knows that head lice is nothing to be ashamed of and that anyone can get it.

If your camper does come home with head lice, the quickest solutions is the FDA-cleared AirAllé treatment available at Fresh Heads. For more information about head lice prevention and head lice treatment, visit our Facts and FAQ page.

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Head Lice Don’t Take Summers Off!

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are heating up and summer vacation is right around the corner. Everyone’s ready to take a break from the routine, and kids are looking forward to spending carefree days running around outdoors with their friends. The last thing on anyone’s mind is lice removal. But unfortunately, head lice don’t take a break for summer.

Even though kids are no longer around each other in school every day, cases of head lice tend to be more prevalent in the summer months. Kids go away to summer camp, have sleepovers more frequently and spend much more time in close contact with one another. Adding to that is the fact that head lice tend to thrive in summer’s warm and humid conditions. This all increases their chance of catching head lice.

We’ve put together a few tips to help you reduce the chances of having to deal with head lice removal this summer.

Avoid Head to Head Contact

Make sure your kids understand that the best way to prevent getting lice is to avoid head-to-head contact.

Be Prepared at Sleepovers and Camps.

Since head lice travel quickest by direct contact, sleepovers make it very easy for them to get passed around. The kids can take some simple precautions but still have fun.  Send them with their own pillows, PJs and hair care items.

Do Regular Checks for Head Lice.

Lice removal is easiest when the pesky bugs are caught early. It can save you a lot of time and hassle if you regularly check your child’s hair, especially when they return from sleepovers or camps. Use a fine-tooth comb to thoroughly go through your child’s hair to search for lice and nits. It’s easiest to spot lice in bright natural light, and a magnifying glass can be helpful.

If you do find that your child has head lice, stay calm and come up with a good treatment plan. Fresh Heads is a science and research-based lice treatment center that offers easy and effective treatment options. Trust us with your family’s lice removal needs, and you’ll be back to having summer fun before you know it!

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Can Essential Oils Help Prevent Head Lice?

Head lice are a most unwelcome house guest that can bring a great deal of stress, discomfort, and embarrassment for them. Any parent would like to be able to prevent an infestation from entering their home, and it turns out that it may be as simple as using clinically tested essential oil products.

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid that contains volatile aroma compounds from a plant. These naturally occurring oils can be derived from the seeds, stems, flowers, bark and other parts of the plant. Essential oils have long been used for their natural healing properties and may be an effective deterrent against head lice. Their extremely concentrated odor works as a repellent, helping to prevent head lice infestation.

The use of natural products, with essential oils, to ward off head lice is a great option for parents. However, the best way to avoid irritation is to use a product that has been scientifically formulated and tested. While essential oils are completely natural, some may irritate and some can be harmful. Fresh Heads carries clinically tested essential oil products, including shampoos, conditioning sprays, and detanglers, which are scientifically formulated to help prevent head lice naturally. They are effective, safe, all natural, chemical-free, and smell great!

Some of the best lice-repelling essential oils used in our product line include:

Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is probably the essential oil that is most commonly believed to effectively prevent head lice. It has antiseptic properties and a strong odor.

Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil contains a menthol scent and has been shown to affect repelling insects including head lice.

Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has long been known to be a natural insect repellent. It has a strong, floral scent.

Rosemary oil, peppermint oil, geranium oil, cinnamon leaf oil and thyme oil have all also been shown to be effective at preventing head lice.

 

For the best “one-two punch” for lice prevention, Fresh Heads recommends periodic combing, along with applications of proven essential oil products!

 

Lice Prevention Sprays

  • Nit Free Terminator Comb

    $15.99

    Best selling nit comb on the market. Serrated bands on comb teeth literally pulls nits off hair. It is what all the professionals use!

  • Rapunzel’s Preventative Detangling Spray

    $15.99

    Leave in conditioner, detangler, and preventative spray containing essential oils. Smells great!

 

If you are dealing with head lice or would like to take preventative measures, call the experts! Fresh Heads Lice Removal Clinics, located in northeast and central Florida, are science and research-based treatment centers dedicated to helping you find the most effective treatment for lice.

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Head Lice Do’s & Don’ts

Are you dealing with a case of head lice? The whole situation can be overwhelming, but it’s important to find an effective solution and tackle a head lice infestation quickly so that you and your family can get on with your lives!

With so much information out there, it’s hard to know what the best solution for getting rid of head lice is. A good treatment for head lice should effectively kill the lice and their nits without exposing your children to toxic pesticides and other chemicals. Here are some do’s and don’ts to follow if your family gets stuck with the pesky critters.

DO check everyone in the home for head lice. And when you’re done, re-check. Use a good nit comb that will separate strands of hair easily.

DO find an effective and safe head lice treatment, and call a professional treatment center like Fresh Heads. The commonly used pesticide treatments of the past are no longer very effective, and they can be harmful. There are many non-toxic, all natural products available to both prevent and treat head lice.

DO use dry heated air to treat lice. Head lice and their nits can’t survive in hot, dry air. The FDA-cleared AirAllé device uses this technology to safely, quickly and effectively kill head lice. Clothing and linens can be placed in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes to kill lice and nits.

DO treat the entire house. Even if you don’t think other household members are infested, chances are they have been exposed. To reduce the risk of another outbreak, it is strongly suggested that all family members undergo treatment for head lice.

DO notify others who have been in contact with an infested person. This is an important step in cutting down on the spread of head lice.

DON’T panic. In order to keep your peace of mind, it’s important to try to stay calm. Head lice can cause a great deal of anxiety for children, so treating the situation calmly will help the entire family.

DON’T wait to treat head lice. Some parents may wait until their child is experiencing symptoms of head lice. The problem is that it can take several days for symptoms to appear, and then you already have an infestation that has probably spread throughout the home.

DON’T use chemical treatments containing ingredients such as Permethrin. These chemicals are extremely toxic, and most strains of head lice have become resistant to these treatments.

DON’T send a child with head lice to school. Most schools have a no-nit policy, and it’s important that they complete an effective treatment before returning to school. This will help cut down on the spread of head lice.

While a head lice infestation is a stressful thing to deal with, following these do’s and don’ts can help you keep your sanity! Call Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Centers to help you find the most safe and effective treatment plan for your family.

Keep the Fun in Halloween by Keeping the Head Lice Away!

halloween-pumpkinWith Halloween right around the corner and little ones enjoying dressing up in costume, masks and wigs and such, we thought it the opportune time to remind our readers how lice are spread and some tips for preventing lice transmission so your kids can enjoy this fun time of year lice free.

How Lice Are Spread

Lice are almost always caught by another person, usually children.  This can be from head-to-head contact like when sharing a bed or playing in close proximity.

Busting the Myth About Shared Items

Contrary to popular misconceptions, lice are typically not spread by sharing items.   Head lice must feed on human blood in order to survive. An adult head louse will die within 24 to 48 hours of being off a human head. Nymphs can only live for several hours without feeding. Nits must be kept warm by the scalp, and are therefore not viable when off of a human head.

For all of these reasons, it is not very likely that lice will spread by way of inanimate objects. However, it is not impossible, and therefore basic cleaning of bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture, hairbrushes, stuffed animals, hair ties, and clothing should be done whenever head lice are found in the home.

Can Lice Jump From One Person to Another?

No.  Because lice cannot jump or fly, they crawl from one person to another, using their claws to grab onto hair.   Head lice can’t survive more than a day or so without a meal of blood so those “on the loose” will soon die off.

How to Prevent the Spread of Lice

Keeping your head away from other heads is your best chance at not getting infested. If you have long hair, putting it in a bun or braid will help.

Because 50 percent of the time people get infested with other family members, make sure everyone in your family gets checked (and if necessary, treated) when any family member has lice.  There are lice repellant products on the market that contain essential oils that lice don’t like to smell. In vitro tests show lice will stay away from essential oils used in those products.

Can I Get Lice From My Pet?

No. Lice do not live on animals.  Pets play no role in the spread of head lice.

If There’s an Outbreak

  • If you know of an outbreak in the area, avoid sleepovers and slumber parties until the outbreak clears up.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a happy and head-lice free Halloween!

Summer Camp Blues

Ah, summer! The kids are counting down the days until summer begins. Parents, perhaps, not so much. However, there is the blessing that is summer camp!
For many families, part of the summer routine for kids involves some sort of day or overnight camp. It’s a wonderful time for children to meet new friends, learn about new interests and hobbies, and visit new places. Hopefully, though, this year’s summer routine won’t involve the unwanted camp visitors known as lice.

According to the American Camp Association, each year an estimated six to twelve million lice infestations occur in the US among children three-to-eleven-years of age. There is hope: Fresh Heads Head Lice Treatment Center offers a full line of all natural, chemical-free preventative products. With some easy preventative measures and knowledge, you and your child can avoid singing the summer camp lice blues.

Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person and these buggers can transfer very quickly in the close proximity of a camp setting. Our little darlings love to be close to one another when they are having fun. A gentle reminder to keep away from hair-to-hair contact, share bunks, or use each other hairbrushes should help reduce the chances of inviting these unwanted critters. Also, remind the kids that if, by chance, someone does experience head lice, to be kind and don’t make fun of them. It isn’t their fault.

Once a confirmed case of head lice infestation has been noted, all persons who have been in close contact this individual should be checked and those with evidence of an active infestation should be treated as soon as possible. This means everyone at the camp and everyone in the home.

Fresh Heads offers head checks and fast, safe, and guaranteed removal of head lice through their all-natural chemical free preventive products and their three levels of treatment options:

AirAllé™ treatment services is a one-hour, “green” treatment using an FDA-cleared medical device that operates with warm, dry air to kill lice eggs. This treatment is the only way that kills lice eggs prior to removal and therefore requires zero follow-ups.
The Traditional Comb Out option is simply the manual removal of lice and nits done by a Fresh Heads Technician using an enzyme-rich combing solution to help aid in nit removal and the application of Lice-Sense, incredibly strong and completely non-toxic lice suffocating oil.
Fresh Heads’ Do-It-Yourself head lice treatment and removal kit and tutorial.
There’s no need to panic, Fresh Heads are here to make your family’s heads, well, fresh and clean of any lice.

And one final note, when the babies return from camp, give them hugs and kisses and then thrown everything they own into the laundry. Better safe than sorry, we always say. Happy camping!

To Selfie or Not To Selfie: That Is The Question

The head-to-head/hair-to-hair contact that is touted as the most credible cause of the spread of head lice is a primary characteristic of a “selfie”.    Teens love to be in selfies.  The jury is still out, but it might be something worth considering… “Selfies” may be contributing to an increase in head lice infestations among teens.

Head lice infestations have, historically, not been a teen issue.  Usually, teens with head lice have most likely gotten them from a younger sibling.  Unfortunately, teens tend to be pretty closed-lip when they do have head lice.  Furthermore, teens with head lice who would otherwise opt out of being in someone else’s selfie, succumb to peer pressure to be part of the photo op.  It is possible for unsuspecting teens to be sharing more than just a memory.

Head lice experts are divided on the issue of selfies as lice spreaders.  Some say it makes sense; others say no data-no concern.  While it might not be a research-proven fact – yet – it might make sense to limit your selfies to yourself.

Contact Mandy Ottesen and her team of professionals by calling 904-517-4087 or by visiting www.freshheadsliceremoval.com.

 

Head Lice Mythology 101

Head Lice Mythology 101

A myth is an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true. When it comes to head lice, myths run rampant. Here are some common myths about the tiny creatures that can rein havoc on a school or a household…

Myth Number One: It’s all about dirt. Dirty scalp and hair, dirty household, dirty everything!
Fact: Dirt has nothing to do with head lice. They don’t care about it. They are only after human BLOOD!

Myth Number Two: Head lice carry and spread disease.
Fact: No, they don’t. They just spread fear and frustration.

Myth Number Three: Head lice can spread from people to their pets and vice versa.
Fact: No, they can’t. Head lice have to have human blood to survive.

Myth Number Four: Head lice can hop, jump, and fly from one head to another. Nits can fall off one head and go to another.
Fact: No, they can’t. Head lice are crawlers and have no wings. The cement-like substance that glues nits to the hair shaft makes them very hard to remove much less “fall off”.

Myth Number Five: Head lice infestations can be prevented by having short hair.
Fact: Not really. Head lice lay eggs at the scalp, not at the end of the hair strand.

Myth Number Six: Head lice have a hair type and color preference.
Fact: No, they don’t. As a matter of fact, they change their color to match the color of the host’s hair.

Myth Number Seven: Head lice can spread in swimming pools.
Fact: Although head lice can survive underwater for hours, they apparently do not like being there. They are known to hold on tightly to human hair when under water.

Myth Number Eight: Head lice can live anywhere.
Fact: No, they can’t. Their parasitic relationship with humans is such that they must feed on human blood to survive. The nits must have a source of heat to survive. Off the scalp, nits will die before they can hatch. Adults dehydrate quickly and cannot live for more than 24 to 48 hours. Thus, there is an extremely low likelihood that lice are spread to humans from non-human things.

Myth Number Nine: When one member of a household has head lice, every member of the household needs treatment and the entire house should be cleaned and fumigated.
Fact: No, they don’t and no, it doesn’t. Every member of the household should be checked for head lice but treated only if head lice or nits are found. The household? Refer to Myth Number Eight. Only the items that have been in contact with the head of the infested person 48 hours prior to treatment need to be cleaned using routine house cleaning measures.

Myth Number Ten: Not itching? Phew! No head lice!
Fact: You wish! Any itching that comes with head lice is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva secreted by the louse as it bites the skin at feeding time. Some people do not have a reaction and have lice for weeks before knowing it.

So there you have it… Some facts on the matter… For answers to questions and general myth-control, contact Mandy Ottesen and her team of professionals by calling 904-517-4087 or by visiting www.freshheadsliceremoval.com.

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Head Lice — What Should the Schools Be Doing?

Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of mothers everywhere like the threat of head lice infestation. Many mothers today remember being checked as children by their school nurses or camp directors, but not all of us struggled with head lice like our children do today. As the head lice epidemic becomes more prevalent, families look to answers, and too often, blame the schools.

School head lice policies are usually handed down from the county health department and vary wildly from county to county, state to state. In North East Florida, most counties still have the strict ‘no nit’ policy, although this policy is not the nationwide norm. Volusia County made headlines recently when they adopted one of the most lenient policies in the country, allowing children with active cases of head lice back into the classroom. The county’s position was simple: Head Lice are not a medical issue, but rather a nuisance. The Center For Disease Control endorses this mode of thinking, pointing out that head lice do not cause any known medical issue.

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we feel strongly that much of this burden should be transferred to the parents themselves. Checking your children for lice regularly is the best way to detect it early, treat it effectively, and slow down this epidemic. Further, parents need to be completely honest and forthcoming with their friends and family when they have had a lice problem. Too many families are buying into the stigma that comes with having head lice, and are too embarrassed to tell the people they have been around. We really need to bring head lice out of the proverbial closet! Honest communication is so important and is probably the single best way to stop the spread of lice.

School nurses will do their part, and they do a phenomenal job. But if more parents were taking responsibility for their children, checking their heads regularly at home, and alerting the school, friends, and family when lice are found, there would be much fewer lice in the world. It is really that simple!

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How Do I Know If My Child Has Lice?

Head lice are amazingly inconspicuous in your child’s hair and can be very hard to spot or detect. Itching can be one of the first signs of head lice unless your child has a very light case. If your child has an itchy scalp or has been exposed to another child with lice, it’s best to check your child’s head and scalp, and especially behind the ears and near the neckline. Your experts at Fresh Heads Lice Removal are happy to help you discern whether or not your child has lice.

Can I See Lice on the Scalp?
You may be able to see the lice, but they are difficult to distinguish. However, more visible are the tiny white nits (or eggs) that are found on the hair shaft, about one-eighth inch from the scalp. Nits are dark brown in color, only turning clear and sometimes white when they have already hatched. They can appear further down the hair shaft when older, as they are cemented to the hair with a glue when laid. This glue is very strong, and the nits remain on the hair even after they have hatched…so basically, it is a common misconception that nits are white. They are typically either dark brown, or sometimes clear, and feel like a hard speed bump on the hair. They are difficult to detach them from the hair without the use of a special, fine-toothed nit comb (such as the Terminator Comb from Fresh Heads Lice Removal). This high-quality metal comb features ultra-close prongs that provide the single most effective weapon against nit removal.

Check for Nits and Lice:
You may see the nits (or eggs) even if you don’t see any lice. Did you know that a single louse can lay up to 150 eggs? That’s a lot of nits, so keep your eye out for their small white eggs that resemble dandruff. Check the “nape” (back of the neck close to the neckline of the scalp) of the neck and behind the ears first, as this is where lice are commonly found. However, nits and lice can live anywhere on the scalp, so be sure to check all over the entire head. If you find any sign of nits or lice, call Fresh Heads Lice Removal for immediate assistance!

Perform Routine Checks of Your Child’s Hair:
Even if your child does not have lice, it’s important to regularly look closely at your child’s head, and comb through hair while it’s wet, using a fine-toothed nit comb. Good hygiene is not an indicator that a child will or will not get lice. Preventative care and early detection are key in keeping lice out of your hair! If your child has been exposed to another child with lice, he or she is likely to contract lice. If there has been an outbreak at your child’s school, you need to check your child’s hair and scalp immediately; the sooner you find the lice and/or nits, the sooner you can treat and combat the lice!

Call Fresh Heads Lice Removal for more information about lice removal, live prevention, and what to do if your child has lice.

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