Back-to-School Head Lice Prevention Checklist from Lice Away Today
Back-to-school 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.
Lice Away Today is a member of Lice Clinics of America®, the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Michelle Cherry, the owner, 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 now, 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 all children to be screened regularly. Lice and their nits are difficult to identify by the untrained eye. Cherry says, “We recommend professional head lice checks, especially at peak lice times in the fall, back-to-school and returning home from summer camp.” They do a full visual and wet head screening for just $10!
An Ounce of Prevention
Lice Away Today sells their awesome smelling preventative spray; kids love it, lice hate it! It’s non-toxic and should be sprayed on all kids every day before going to school or playdates
Have Hair Pulled Back
The best way to prevent the spread of lice is keeping hair up in a tight bun. “Lice crawl from one head to another, if the hair is tied up in a bun there will be less hair to hair contact,” says Cherry.
Sharing Items Like Brushes
While lice are much more likely to be spread by head-to-head contact than brushes, 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.
We all take them, even us adults. But when taking selfies, we are putting our head right next to our friends’ heads. This head-to-head contact is a 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 who is literally designed to spread from human to human. If your child does have head lice, Lice Away Today offers the safest, fastest, and most effective treatment technology available, the AirAllé® medical device. 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, traditional combing, and services that leave you combing for three weeks. Lice Away Today guarantees that people leave their clinics lice-free and can provide tools to help them remain lice-free throughout the year.
Lice Clinics of America has over 330 treatment centers in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Away Today, your local clinics, are located in South Tampa and Clearwater/Dunedin. They are open seven days a week by appointment. Call 813-410-4860, email info@LiceAwayToday.net or visit www.LiceAwayToday.net for more information or to schedule an appointment.