“No one wants to deal with head lice, especially after a hectic holiday period,” said Lisa Liss, manager of Lice Clinics of America locations in Encino, West LA and Santa Clarita. “Unfortunately, the holidays can be a peak time for head lice, so it is important to be vigilant,” Liss said. “This is especially true if you traveled to spend time with other families or hosted others in your home. Lice primarily spread through head-to-head contact and children get lice more often than adults do because kids spend more time in close contact.”
Whether you were the visitor or the visited there are some steps you can take to ensure that you don’t send your child back to school with head lice. We put together this checklist for preventing head lice infestations after the holidays.
1. Get a professional lice screening. If there is a chance you or your children were exposed to head lice over the holidays, the best thing is to get a professional head lice screening. Screenings are just $25, and this fee is waived if you have head lice and choose to be treated at our clinic. Head lice can be very difficult to diagnose, and false positives are very common. We do not treat unless there’s an infestation.
2. Use preventative products. People tend to deal with head lice reactively—we freak out when we find lice and try to get rid of the problem as fast as we can. That’s perfectly normal, but we have products that can help prevent lice in the first place. Preventative shampoos, conditioners, and sprays are available at our clinics. Unlike most over-the-counter lice products, all Lice Clinics of America products are pesticide-free.
3. Keep long hair pulled back. The first few days of school are when your children are at the highest risk of getting head lice because many students aren’t yet aware they have lice. Because lice spread through hair-to-hair contact, keeping long hair pulled back or in a braid can reduce exposure.
4. Talk to your children about how head lice spread. Help them understand behavior that can transmit head lice such as taking group photos with heads pressed together or sharing combs and brushes. It’s rare, but head lice can spread when coats, scarves, or hats are shared. A louse on clothing or hair implements will crawl on to the first human head it can find because it can only live on a human scalp.
5. Don’t panic! If you suspect that you or your child has head lice, don’t feel bad! You didn’t anything wrong. Anyone with hair can get lice, but we have the technology to end infestations quickly and safely. Lice Clinics of America is the exclusive provider of lice treatment using the FDA-cleared AirAllé medical device, which is clinically shown to kill live lice and eggs (nits) in a single treatment that takes about an hour. We have successfully treated over 400,000 cases of head lice worldwide!
Our Lice Clinics of America locations in West LA, Encino, and Santa Clarita are three of more than 350 Lice Clinics of America treatment centers in more than 36 countries. Lice Clinics of America is the largest and fastest growing network of professional head lice treatment centers in the world.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit www.LiceClinicsLosAngeles.com, email info@LiceClinicsLosAngeles.com, or call 844-727-9792.