Playground lice aren’t as harmless as they sound—in fact, they infest between six to twelve million children each year. Head-to-head contact, a common occurrence on playgrounds and in schools, is the number one way that lice get passed from one child to another. Adults typically contract head lice from a child in their household who is infested. If you discover that your child is infested, you’ll want to prioritize two things: limiting your child’s contact with others until they are treated, and visiting a lice treatment center.
Here are a few best practices to lower the risk of getting lice for all members of your household:
Tip 1 – Limit Head-to-Head Contact
Children love to play—simple as that. Tie your child’s hair into a braid or ponytail to keep stray hairs contained, and try to limit your child’s head-to-head contact to lower their risk of getting lice. If your child is are already infested, if possible, have them stay home from school for the day until you are able to treat the infestation. If you have other children in the household, minimize contact.
Tip 2 – Educate Your Child
Equip your child with a better grasp of the dangers of head lice. Don’t frighten them—educate them. The more deeply they grasp the repercussions of lice, the more likely you are to reduce the chances of spread—even when you aren’t around. When they know about the little critters and how they can keep them from spreading, your child may pitch in to make sure their head never comes into contact with anyone else’s!
Tip 3 – Know the Symptoms
Lice aren’t as easy to identify as most people think. In some cases, it can take up to six weeks to manifest symptoms such as itching. As soon as you determine tell-tale signs, ensure that your child avoids interacting with peers and siblings head-to-head—no rough play!
Tip 4 – Take Action Early
As with any infestation, you’ll want to act as quickly as possible. Educational institutions will typically postpone classes in the event of a head lice infestation.
Inspect your child as soon as possible—finger through their hair for white nits or eggs, and inspect their clothing worn in the last 48 hours. It’s important to note that nits aren’t always easy to spot. Thus, your safest bet is to have your child undergo a head check with Fresh Heads Lice Removal for just $10!
Never allow an infestation to sit—visit a lice removal center in Orlando, Savannah, or Jacksonville.
Tip 5 – Consider Your Treatment Options
Over-the-counter lice shampoos will not eliminate lice since they are no longer effective against the super lice of today. Lice is a problem that requires a professional-grade solution:
• AirAllé® Treatment
Contact Fresh Heads Lice Removal to schedule a session for AirAllé® treatment, which involves warm, dry air being applied to dehydrate any remaining nits and lice. The best part of this is that it’s all-natural and no-risk! In 90 minutes, you won’t spot a nit on your child’s head!
• Traditional Comb Out
This is the time-tested method of “nit combing.” Our professional lice removal specialists carefully comb through your child’s hair and remove any lice or nits. A 10-day follow-up appointment is included at no charge.
• DIY Home Treatment Kit
Another option is to use our non-toxic at-home treatment bundle, which comprises a neutralizer, nit solution, and nit terminator comb. Even though most lice will be eliminated after the first treatment, using this gentle treatment you’ll still want to comb through your child’s hair for 10 days.
Lice Treatment in Orlando, Savannah, and Jacksonville
If you notice any lice symptoms, contact Fresh Heads Lice Removal immediately. Our specialists can help you select the treatment plan that is right for you. With any one of our treatment options, your child will be lice-free and in excellent shape to return to the playground in no time! Book your appointment today!
Schools Without Lice
At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!