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Head Lice–How to tell if you’ve got it

23 Apr

Head Lice–How to tell if you’ve got it.

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Head Lice–How to tell if you’ve got it

23 Apr

The CDC estimates that every year between 6 and 12 million school aged children will contract head lice.  That is as many as 1 in 5 kids, between the ages of 3 and 11!  YIKES!  I actually never had lice as a child, believe it or not.  But, I remember my mother losing her dang mind whenever we were exposed.  She would tear the house apart, cleaning everything from the drapes to the mattresses.  If you are a mom of school-aged kids, you know the drill.  The call comes in, usually a few hours after you picked your daughter up from the slumber party, her best friend has lice.  Or you get the dreaded note in the backpack, a child in your son’s class has been diagnosed with head lice…Again.

So how can you tell if you’re child has it?  The sad truth is, it can be very difficult to tell for the first week or so.  When you first contract head lice (which almost always happens through direct head to head contact)  you probably have one very small bug, hiding out very close to or directly on the scalp, amid a very full head of hair.  If the bug is a female, it will lay 8-10 eggs per day.  These eggs, formally known as nits, are TINY!  If your eye is unfortunately trained, you will have a better chance.  If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll need some help.

At Fresh Heads, we begin our head checks with a comb out.  We have found that a great nit comb is more effective than our eyes.  Listen closely parents–Every mother of school aged children should have a TERMINATOR COMB.  No other comb will do.  I’m serious, it makes a huge, huge difference!  As soon as you know youre child has been exposed, start combing.

Is it a nit or is it dandruff?  Nits ALWAYS, I repeat, ALWAYS have the same shape.  They are tiny, oval shaped, hard and brownish (not white) with a small ‘tail’.  They are really never white, especially once pull off the hair shaft.  They are glued tightly onto the hair shaft, and will not come off or flake away easily.

If you are unsure, you should probably schedule a head check.  School nurses have seen it a hundred times, and will gladly check your child for free.  Fresh Heads offers a really thorough head check for a fee if you are still worried.  We always answer our phones and are happy to offer our best advice.  Good Luck!!!

Why Is Head Lice So Hard???

2 Apr

Oh head lice. You are so small! And yet you have driven us crazy for thousands of years. Why is head lice so hard to get rid of? When I was a kid, our parents slathered our hair ONCE with an over the counter pesticide and that was it! At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we get calls every day from parents who have been battling these tiny bugs for a month or more, and dang are they hard to get rid of!  WHY???
Traditional pesticide treatments have become increasingly ineffective as the bugs are growing increasingly immune to the pesticides. Some of the stronger pesticides have been outlawed, and the weaker, over-the-counter variety have been way over-used. The result are super lice, which are very happy to have you slather them with this stuff, because often, it doesn’t even touch them.
Secondly, these pesticides have never been very effective against the nits. The nits (or eggs), are laid by a female louse several times per day. When the nits are laid, the louse secretes a glue that is chemically similar to cement. This glue firmly attaches the nit to the hair shaft, and it protects the nit. No chemical currently available is very effective at penetrating that glue. The best clinical study I have seen shows about a 70% effective rate against the nits. And with lice, its all or nothing baby. This is why all traditional treatments call for a retreat in 7-10 days. You are waiting for the eggs to hatch, and then hoping to kill them with the pesticide before they reach maturity and start laying new eggs. GROSS! And innefective (see point above).
Third, these darn things spread like wild fire! If you’ve got just one child and a shaved head yourself, you might be alright. Most of the time, by the time you figure out junior has it, he’s already shared it with his siblings. And more often than not, mom has it too, now who’s going to help her???
As a result, in comes the new and booming professional lice treatment industry. Fresh Heads, have you heard of us??? We are helping family everyday, families who are nice and kind, and love each other. Families who have worked their tails off trying everything they could find to get rid of these darn pests. Families who just want to be done with it!!! It’s what we do!

Holy Outbreaks!

23 Jan

Yes, its true. We are very busy at Fresh Heads. Last week we did more treatments than we sometimes do in a month. And while we specialize in amazing head lice treatments, we also offer hope for the do it yourself-er. Is that you??? Most parents, facing a head lice problem will run straight to the University of Google. Let me save you some time…If you would like to try and tackle the problem yourself, the first thing you need to know is that over the counter pesticides do not work. You are more than welcome to call your pediatrician, and IF they will agree to prescribe you a stronger pesticide (many won’t hear of it), you need to know that you will probably spend more getting that prescription filled than you would coming into Fresh Heads and getting a pesticide free treatment that comes with a 30-day guarantee. So that doesn’t make much sense now does it? This leaves good old fashioned home remedies, ahhhhhh mayonaise anyone??? If you try and douse your child with mayo, not only will you still have lice, you will also have a child with resentments. The simple fact is, if you are going to do it yourself, you must be ready to do the work. YOU MUST HAVE A GOOD COMB! Oh please, oh please, oh please, toss that worthless comb you got at Walgreens (How can they even sell this stuff??). What you need is a Terminator Comb, sold at Fresh Heads for $15. It will change your life. Secondly, you need an all natural enzyme solution that will help loosen the glue that covers those dang nits. You will not be lice free until you are nit free, so get the right tools. Fresh Heads offers a fantastic combing solution, $15 for an 8oz bottle. Lastly, lets suffocate those suckers! Fresh Heads has the most amazing, no seriously, AMAZING silicone oil solution that kills those disgusting little creatures in seconds. The oil is specifically blended for lice killing, and literally stops them in their tracks. You can do it, you don’t have to (because we are really good at it), but you can if you want to. Just please, for your own sanity, get the right tools! We can even give you a quick combing tutorial, it’s all in the wrist!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

4 Nov

Happy Halloween!!!.

Happy Halloween!!!

1 Nov

Happy Halloween!  Today, we dressed up as lice killers!  9 treatments today, so actually I’m not kidding at all.  I just always knew I’d be a lice killer when I grew up!  Ahhhh, anyway.  People are so often surprised to hear that lice really is a year round problem, world wide.  It really doesn’t matter what part of the country you are in, lice happens.  Basically, if you have children between the ages of 3-11, or if you have older children who have friends with younger siblings, or if you are a grandparent who hugs your grand kids…You are all at risk!  Today we treated a 13 year old boy, 6 girls ranging in age from 5 to 16, and two very sweet and humble mothers.  Can we prevent this, you ask???  YES!  There are a few things you can do:  First, understanding that lice IS ALMOST ALWAYS contracted via head to head contact (not from your environment, got that???) you can talk with your children about keeping their personal space personal.  Every child is different, and frankly, younger children just can’t help themselves, but if you can convince them that it is not necessary to hug every person they see, your chances of getting a house full of lice will go way, way down.  Secondly, if you have girls, keep their hair pulled back.  Anything you can do to lessen the amount of contact that your child’s hair has with another child’s hair will help.  Third, you should use a good, independently verified preventative shampoo and spray.  We recommend Babo Botanicals, because its the best we’ve been able to find.  Lastly, you should invest in a good, no great lice comb.  Every who really knows anything will tell you the Terminator Comb is the only way to go.  Keep it handy, and run it through your kids heads whenever you think about it.  Early detection (like so many things) is huge!  Most people go at least 2 weeks before they realize they have a problem, and by then, the whole house has it.  Except for dad, usually, lucky buzzards.  Happy Halloween!!!

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