Back-to-school time is a busy time for parents and students. The weeks prior to school are filled with shopping for clothes, backpacks and school supplies as well as last minute trips to squeeze every bit out of the summer. Parents often worry about how their children will like their teacher and whether they’ll get along with the other students or be bullied.
Lisa Liss is a member of Lice Clinics of America®, the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. She manages three clinics in the Los Angeles area. She says, “We see a surge in cases of head lice when kids return to school” and recommends some proven practices that can prevent and treat cases of head lice. The clinics offer everything families need to stay lice-free during back-to-school season and all year round with products and services for every situation and every budget.
Screen Early and Often
The best way to prevent head lice is for children to be screened regularly. Lice can be difficult to identify by the untrained eye. Liss says, “We recommend professional head lice checks, especially at peak lice times in the fall, back-to-school and returning home from summer camp.”
An Ounce of Prevention
Lice Clinics of America’s Los Angeles, Encino and Santa Clarita locations offer products for home use that prevent head lice, including preventive shampoo, conditioner, sprays and hairbands that can be used daily or whenever children wash their hair. These products serve as an effective lice repellant. All are non-toxic, using essential oils that smell good to humans but not to head lice. “’Back to School’ is a great time to stock up on prevention products to help your kids stay lice free all year long,” says Liss.
Have Hair Pulled Back
Another way to help kids prevent the spread of lice is keeping hair pulled back in a tight braid or bun. “Since lice need hair to hold on to so they can crawl from one head to another, it’s harder for them to grip hair pulled back into a braid or bun” says Liss.
Sharing Items Like Brushes
While lice are much more likely to be spread by head-to-head contact than shared hairbrushes, it’s good practice to let your children know that while we teach them to share most things, brushes shouldn’t be one of them.
What teen doesn’t love a good selfie with their friends to celebrate back to school? While fun, selfies often entail head-to-head contact. That’s the perfect environment for the exchange of lice. Let your teen know it’s okay to take selfies but it’s best to keep a little distance.
If you do get lice
Best-laid plans of prevention can be laid to waste by a bug which is designed to spread from human to human. If your child does have head lice, Lice Clinics of America offers the safest, fastest, and most effective treatment technology available, the AirAllé® medical device. The patented AirAllé is FDA-cleared and clinically shown to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment using carefully applied heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs. This “one and done” treatment takes about an hour, doesn’t require any follow-ups and is guaranteed to be effective.
It’s common for families to struggle with head lice for weeks or months using traditional over the counter lice treatments, home remedies or combing. Lice Clinics of America guarantees that clients leave their clinics lice-free and offers tools to help them remain lice-free throughout the year.
With over 330 treatment centers in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. The clinics in Santa Clarita, Encino and Los Angeles are open seven days a week by appointment. Call 844-727-9792, email info@LiceClinicsLosAngeles.com, or visit www.LiceClinicsLosAngeles.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.