Avoid Frustration - What Parents Should Know About Head Lice

By Lisa  |  Tuesday, February 7, 2012  |  ,  |  6 comments

What Parents Should Know About Head LiceI haven't written about the customer service calls we get here at Tec Labs, but the one we received the other day is becoming a common occurrence as more parents are dealing with difficult cases of head lice.

A very frustrated father called in with a 12 year old son who had been fighting head lice for two months.  His son was infested when his younger cousin visited while she had head lice. While she had very long hair and was able to get rid of the lice quickly, they could not get them out of their son's very short hair. After further questioning, I found out the father was trying multiple solutions all at once, and wasn't completely certain what he was finding in his son's hair was even head lice. His son was miserable because he scalp was getting very irritated, and Dad was upset that he couldn't find a solution to their problem.

This brings to mind a few things that parents should know when dealing with head lice:

First, you will want to make sure you are actually dealing with head lice. Check small sections of the hair starting at the nape of the neck. Look for sesame seed size insects that will either be clear or brown in color. Lice turn brown when they feed on your blood. You will also want to check for nits (lice eggs). Nits are very small, attached to the hair shaft, and are difficult to remove. If you find something in your hair that combs out or falls out easily, then it is not a nit. See images of head lice for reference.

If you determine you are dealing with head lice, choose an appropriate head lice treatment. Visit your local pharmacy and select an over the counter head lice treatment. Lice treatments are typically found in the first aid section of the store. Of course we recommend choosing a non-toxic solution like Licefreee. Only use one method of treatment at a time, and be sure to follow all directions. Follow your treatment by thoroughly combing nits out of the hair using a nit comb. Metal nit combs work better than the plastic ones that come with many OTC head lice treatments.

Perform daily head checks. If you are treating a head lice infestation, hang on to that nit comb and continue to do head checks daily. You may not have found every nit with your first comb through. You can remove any new nits that you find without doing a complete treatment. However, it is recommended to do a second complete treatment within 7-10 days in case any missed nit has hatched.

In addition to treating hair for head lice, clean infested areas of your home. Washing sheets, vacuuming and running items through the dryer can clean up head lice that may have travelled off the scalp. See tips for cleaning up after a head lice infestation.

If you get rid of head lice for several weeks and then find them again it may be a new infestation. It can be really frustrating to find out you have to deal with head lice again after you have recently dealt with it. Check with your child's school to see if they have children sharing coat hooks or lockers. Are hats, helmets, combs, brushes, or hair accessories being shared? Teach your children not to share personal items and/or work with your child's school to separate items that may be infested.

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6 comments for “Avoid Frustration - What Parents Should Know About Head Lice”

  1. Posted 9/6/2015 at 1:30:54 PM
    Gravatar of janet

    My child came home with a note from he school nurse saying she had head lice. I was not notified till she got off the bus. I think that all schools should have guidelines to follow when it comes to headlice. My child's school obviously doesn't. I also understand that some families can't afford to buy things to treat their children for lice. I feel that there must be something that we can do to protect our kids better. It's not fair for my child to miss school while she's treated for at least 24 hours. when other children are the cause. I know it's not the childs fault but the parents should know better.

  2. Posted 9/9/2015 at 2:22:04 PM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    You're right Janet, it can be very frustrating! Most schools do have policies in place. If you can, talk to an administrator, maybe if they hear your concerns they may be willing to consider another option.

  3. Posted 9/28/2015 at 10:01:41 PM
    Gravatar of Lori

    Is it necessary to ckean a mattress and if so how do I do that

  4. Posted 10/8/2015 at 7:31:50 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Lori: Yes, we recommend a thorough cleaning of the mattress. A vacuum or lint roller will do. Focus on areas near the seems to be sure you pick up anything that may have dislodged from the hair.

  5. Posted 2/8/2016 at 10:11:46 AM
    Gravatar of Heather

    I am very frustrated about this non-ending problem. Our school only checks the child that is suspected of having lice and does not send them home. They only get a note or a call from the nurse that the child needs to be treated. Yet, there is no education to the other parents about checking their child. I never received lice when I was a child...and I have two girls that attend elementary and they just seem to keep getting it. There is never any information about this unless you dig on the district website. But at the school level...there is nothing. No parent information letters, no emails nothing.
    So now I have reached out the the manger of health services at the district level.
    I just feel like I am a small fish in a big pond. I am doing all of the right things and then I send my child back to school after she has been treated (by prescription not from the RID over the counter crap) and she gets it again. Totally over this issue.

  6. Posted 2/19/2016 at 9:54:12 AM
    Gravatar of Caileen

    Heather: We're sorry to hear about your struggles with lice. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with infestation after infestation. Unfortunately, it is up to each school district to determine what their policy will be with regards to lice. You mentioned trying OTC chemical pesticide treatments, but have you tried Licefreee Spray? Our non-toxic spray is available at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS, is easy to use, and inexpensive. We also guarantee our products 100%. We sure hope your daughters can avoid another infestation, however, if they aren't so lucky, we'd encourage you to give Licefreee Spray a try!

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