An article in the Daily Mail found that 8 percent of UK parents had tried to use Vodka to cure their children of head lice. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. People have tried all kinds of kooky, sometimes dangerous methods for lice removal.
Why? Because they are desperate.
“The mothers are at their NITS end!” The article says. “As head lice become more resistant than ever, parents reveal they’ve tried mayonnaise and even VODKA to banish the bugs.”
As the article mentions, head lice are becoming harder and harder to defeat. “Scientists have warned that lice are becoming increasingly resistant to products – leaving parents with fewer options than ever.”
That’s true. Traditional head lice treatment products are nearly completely ineffective as most lice are now resistant to the chemicals they use. The most recent research found that 98 percent of lice in 48 states in the U.S. are immune to pyrethroids, the class of insecticide used in traditional lice products.
Parents turn to the Internet for lice treatment advice and find recommendations for everything from mayonnaise (which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is unproven) to kerosene. You can also find recipes for petroleum jelly, olive oil, and peanut butter.
But You Don’t Have To
Fortunately, there has been a wave of innovation in the world of lice treatment over the past dozen years. One company stands out—Lice Clinics of America. The company has brought to market a medical device developed by researchers at the University of Utah that uses carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. Called AirAllé, the device has been cleared by the FDA and clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single treatment that takes about an hour—guaranteed.
The AirAllé device is a dream come true for parents that have battled head lice for weeks, months, and even years. Their families can now be lice-free in an hour. It’s no surprise that Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world with nearly 300 clinics in 33 countries.
For those without access to a treatment center or prefer to treat head lice at home, the AirAllé team has developed a new generation of home lice treatment products: the Lice Remover Kit and the Lice Preventer Kit. Both are self-contained packages that include everything needed—a non-toxic gel, easy applicator, and comb—to remove or prevent lice faster, easier, and more effectively than traditional lice treatment products.
The Lice Remover Kit kills lice and eggs and is guaranteed when used as directed. The Lice Preventer Kit can be used as a kind of lice repellent with a once-a-week application for ongoing use, or for occasions when children are at a higher risk of head lice such as at sleepovers or camps.
The AirAllé medical device, the Lice Remover Kit, and the Lice Preventer Kit bring the latest science and medicine to the battle against head lice with safe, fast, effective products. So far with the AirAllé device and non-toxic gel, Lice Clinics of America has treated more than 400,000 cases of head lice with a 99 percent success rate.
To learn more, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.
When your child is sent home from school because he or she has head lice, the first thing you should say is, “You didn’t do anything wrong.” (You should say this to yourself as well!)
If your child comes home from school and says that another kid in school has lice, you can say the same thing. That child (and its parents) didn’t do anything wrong.
The myth that lice happen because of poor hygiene or subpar living conditions has been chipped away at over the years, but the myth and the stigma that follows it are still alive. Kids get lice from hair-to-hair contact with other kids. Period. There are certainly things you can do to help prevent lice from landing on your child’s head—keep long hair pulled tight; discourage sharing hats, brushes and anything else that touches hair—but no amount of hair-washing will prevent a live louse from crawling from one kid’s head to another if the opportunity arises.
Unfortunately, “you didn’t do anything wrong” may not be the message your child has already received at school or day care. School officials and other children may have reacted with fear or alarm that could be interpreted as blame or judgment.
Tell your child that “catching” head lice is like catching a cold. You get it from someone else, who got it from someone before that. No one did anything wrong. There is no morality involved.
You can also tell your child that head lice aren’t dangerous and that, like a cold, they will go away with appropriate treatment. No big deal. While you’re treating it, you’ll have to be careful not to let is spread to others—repeat the hats and brushes advice.
You can also make a lice encounter a learning experience. Tell your child that lice have been “bugging” people for thousands of years (see our blog post, A Brief History of Lice). Cleopatra had a lice comb in her tomb. Lice have influenced our vocabulary: A “louse” (singular for lice) is someone who behaves badly; “lousy” is defined as “very poor or bad;” a nitwit is someone or something stupid; and a nitpicker is someone who is overly critical. And remember, every time you decide to go through something “with a fine-toothed comb,” you are referring to lice treatment!
Know that you are not alone. There are 6-12 million cases of head lice in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Fortunately, they are getting easier to treat with the advent of the AirAllé medical device. Offered by Lice Clinics of America, AirAllé is an FDA-cleared medical device that kills live lice and eggs in a single treatment that takes about 90 minutes. Know that there is a safe, fast and effective solution available can go a long ways to reducing fear and stress.
Head lice are a growing problem in the United States. Many parents confronted with an infestation have never dealt with head lice because they never had lice as children. But as many as 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 11 get head lice each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is rising, as the most popular over-the-counter lice medications are no longer effective. Approximately 98 percent of lice in 42 U.S. states have a genetic mutation that makes them immune to the chemicals used in lice shampoos.
As a result, when a child comes home from school or camp with head lice, parents are often flummoxed. What? How? What do we do?
While they may seem sinister and scary, head lice are a common problem. If your child has head lice, he or she got it from another person. Lice spread primarily by head-to-head contact. Lice don’t fly or jump. They won’t even venture very far from the scalp unless another scalp is close by. They cannot survive on any other host besides humans. Lice tend to afflict children and spread among them because children tend to have closer physical contact than adults do.
So how did your child get lice from one of his or her friends? A close hug, a selfie, or a sleepover with their heads next to one another are all opportunities for lice to move from one head to another. Though, more rarely, lice can also spread through a shared hairbrush, hat, or scarf. Lice can’t live long off a human body—about a day or so.
The important thing to know about head lice is that you and/or your child didn’t do anything wrong to cause the infestation. It has been proven time and again that there is no correlation between head lice and hygiene. In fact, some studies show that the opposite is true—lice actually prefer and prosper on clean hair and a clean scalp because they are able to grip clean hair and move more easily.
It can be helpful to think of lice like any other minor contagious condition—like the common cold. Children get colds from other children most of the time. It is no one’s fault—just bad luck.
The good news is that getting rid of head lice has gotten much easier in recent years—even easier than getting rid of a cold. Lice Clinics of America offers treatment using an FDA-cleared medical device, the AirAllé, which is clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs. The entire treatment takes about an hour, and results are guaranteed.
The AirAllé device uses carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. Most drugstore lice products use pesticides, which is what lice have become immune to, but the AirAllé treatment uses no pesticides—the treatment process is also fast, safe, clean, and very effective. With more than 170 clinics in the United States and more than 120 clinics in 33 other countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. More than 300,000 treatments have been delivered with a better than 99 percent success rate
If your child has lice, don’t panic. You didn’t do anything wrong, and treating head lice is about as easy as getting a haircut! To learn more or to find a clinic, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.