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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!!!


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!!!