‘Lice’ is a four-letter-word that can make anyone quake in their boots. It’s the name of a little parasite that can be found in school children’s heads, feeding off their blood and making homes in their scalps.
Millions of school children across America—and the rest of the world—have these little critters living in their hair. Not just small children, in fact, plenty of teenagers and adults have them too.
However, as common as head lice can be, they’re also quite embarrassing to have. The stigma surrounding lice is shocking, given that they’re not life-threatening. They’re nothing more than a nuisance; but one that’s highly contagious.
Identifying and Screening for Lice
As parents, it’s important to be proactive with your kids’ head health. Hygiene has very little to with catching lice, contrary to popular belief, and seeing as how they’re highly transferable, you’d want to do your best to be rid of them.
If your child seems to be itching their head a lot more than usual, or you feel like you’re reaching up to your scalp often enough to feel alarmed, don’t panic just yet.
People scratch their heads for all sorts of reasons—dandruff, dryness, skin and scalp conditions—so you might want to rule those possibilities out. However, there are certain sure-shot markers of lice.
For starters, lice nits are easy to spot when you know how to detect them. They’re white or clear, clinging to the base of the hair, so you’ll find them close to the roots. Part your child’s hair and run a comb through it, peering closely for lice. You’re likely to find nits.
If they’re slightly bigger or fully-grown, you’re likely to find them crawling through the hair and across the scalp. Even a single louse is enough to signal alarm, since it’s unlikely that it’s alone.
A lot of schools and summer camps call in experts like us to carry out screenings for lice. Our on-site screenings can be used to swiftly and subtly find kinds who have lice infestations, without singling them out. The school administration often takes on this task too, and in some countries, there are parent volunteers who check for lice, though their untrained eyes might miss something.
If neither of these options is possible, or you’d rather not wait around for a note from the school nurse, schedule a screening at our lice clinic in New Jersey. Our team of skilled lice removal technicians will be able to check your kids’ heads for lice swiftly.
The process is quite simple. You book an appointment and drop by our salon; we recommend that the entire family gets checked at this point. This is because other family members who are in close contact with the infected individual have also been exposed.
If we find lice, the cost of the screening will be adjusted to your treatment plan. We recommend that you schedule an appointment at one of our clinics as soon as possible.
Mistakes to Avoid if You Do Have Lice
Getting lice is a pretty normal part of going to school. Younger children are more prone to getting them, picking them up from their classmates and friends during play. However, if you know your kid has lice, you shouldn’t delay getting a professional screening and treatment.
Staying calm is the first step, if you’re made aware of a lice infestation. Don’t panic and resort to old fashioned lice removal techniques. Often, those end up doing more harm than good.
A lot of people make the mistake of trusting OTC treatments and DIY options, chock-full of ineffective and sometimes harmful ingredients. No matter what old wives’ tales and the internet states, it’s really hard to get rid of lice on your own.
There’s always a chance you’ll leave eggs and nits behind or miss some adult lice too. This increases your chances of re-infestation and recurring lice problems. It’s best to seek proper, professional treatment like ours, because one session is enough to get lice-free.
A lot of the ingredients that these DIY recipes suggest can leave your hair damaged permanently and OTC treatments contain harsh chemicals that can cause allergic reactions and hair and scalp damage. Even fine-toothed combs that people find at local pharmacies and stores can leave the scalp injured, covered in sores, and break hair.
Also, until your appointment, avoid making head-to-head contact with those around you. This is difficult, especially if it’s your child who has lice but it’s only for a couple of days.
Don’t share hats, pillow covers, towels either because those can also transfer lice. Lice rapidly transfer from one person to the next, which is why it’s hard to keep them in check.
The Treatment Stage
We offer same-day appointments and treatment sessions if you wish to seek help immediately. However, you can also schedule according to your convenience and availability. Our treatment centers are conveniently located and easy to find; the appointments are easy to schedule as well.
At Lice Troopers, we make use of pesticide free products that are completely safe and child-friendly. You can book an appointment for one person, or the whole family, and if you’re concerned about privacy, we can also carry out at home appointments and sessions. We’ll come over and discreetly carry out our treatment session that guarantees results.
During the sessions, which can last 30–60 minutes, our lice technicians will go through the hair carefully, using our products to treat it. Following that, they meticulously comb through the hair, removing all adult lice.
They’re also sure to pick out all the nits, ensuring that there are none left around to hatch. They are skilled experts with tons of experience and training, allowing them a certain speed and thoroughness that contributes to our success. We use state of the art combs that are far superior to ordinary combs that leave behind a lot of nits.
Our treatment doesn’t irritate the scalp or other body parts such as the eyes or skin and it won’t affect the hair either. It’s completely natural and physician-approved, so there’s no need to worry about the safety or the risk of a reaction.
Services Offered by Lice Troopers
Our clinics are meant to be relaxing and welcoming spaces, especially since a huge part of our clientele includes children. The technicians and staff are super friendly and welcoming, accommodating your little ones to the best of their abilities. Don’t worry about the process; just leave it to us!
We offer thorough screenings and examination, giving each client individual attention. Our experts know what to look for and the best way to do it, which is why they’re able to evaluate your situation within a few minutes. In fact, we have a money-back guarantee for our services in the rare case it doesn’t succeed.
Our services also include complete home inspections and cleaning that guarantee the removal of lice from your vicinity. Many families don’t know how to deal with the aftermath of a lice infestation, so we want to make it as easy for them as possible.
If you’re worried about your child’s classmates, we also carry out school visits and screenings to speak to parents, administrators, teachers and the kids, to walk them through the dos and don’ts of lice prevention.
During our school screenings, our technicians not only check all the students for lice, they also address concerns and spread awareness, so students and teachers can separate the facts from myth. This helps with destigmatizing lice too, which in turn, makes the process much easier and safer for the kids who need treatment.
You know how they say prevention is better than cure? Make this your new mantra. This is something you need to swear by when it comes to avoiding lice re-infestation.
After your treatment, when our technicians have checked you completely and made sure that you’re lice free, they’ll issue a certificate that states so. This certificate can be presented at school administrations as proof, so kids don’t need to miss class.
Things to do at home
Once home, shed all the clothes from the day and launder them in hot water if possible. If not, a thorough cleanse that’s followed by sealing them in a plastic bag for 24 hours should do the trick.
Change and wash all bed linen, especially the pillowcases; put away stuffed toys in airtight bags to help kill off any lice that may have crawled over. Lice can’t survive away from the human body for longer than 24–48 hours, so you’re in the clear after that. Until then, keep those toys out of the reach of children, lest kids are exposed to any leftover lice.
Clean all your couches and carpets thoroughly, to ensure that there are no more lice left behind.
Cleaning out your belongings
Once vetted and vacuumed, your home is likely to be clear of lice, but don’t forget about other easy-to-miss details. Clean out and store away any hats and caps, as well as scarves and jackets that have been used during the infestation, because they can all trap lice.
Clean out and wash all hair tools like brushes and combs, especially with hot water. This is an additional sterilization for tools that you and your family use.
Outside the home
Avoid sharing any hair accessories or tools with someone, unless you’re completely sure that they’re lice-free. Maintain distance from other individuals and teach your kids to do the same. During play and even through hugs and sharing each other’s hats and caps, kids often pass on lice to each other.
Head-to-head contact is the most common way of transferring lice, so even a selfie-session with a close friend could lead to you getting lice.
Winter is a common time for lice infestations to go up, since the cold weather means people huddle up, share warm clothing and go home for the holidays. Once back, many kids carry around lice that aren’t detected well into the new semester—this is exactly what happens after the summer break, making fall a peak season too.
No matter what you do, it’s important to maintain a safe distance from other people’s heads. You never know who’s carrying lice and how they’ll pass them on to you.
Regular screenings and checks
Make sure that your family, especially any and every school-going family member—whether they’re in daycare or high school—gets a weekly or bi-weekly check. You can carry out these checks at home too, sectioning the hair and checking for nits.
You can run a fine-toothed comb through the hair a few times too, to see if you’re able to pick up any nits. Of course, if you’re short on time or are unable to do it yourself, you can always visit our clinic.
Schedule regular professional screenings—say, once every school term, so that you’re at ease and so are your kids. A few weeks into the term is enough for the infestation to begin, which means nits can easily be spotted.
Alternatively, schools themselves can call us in for timely screenings too each term.
Having lice is not the end of the world. There’s no shame in it and there’s nothing wrong with kids who have them. You can’t expect your child or yourself to not engage with friends, avoid sharing and teamwork.
Kids will be kids, after all. Lice are not dirty, or something to be afraid of. They’re common and easy to remove with the right service. Staying cautious and following our advice on prevention is the most effective option for concerned families.
In the case that you do feel worried about a lice breakout, or you’re unsure and want to get checked, you can always visit any of Lice Troopers lice removal clinics in New Jersey. If coming in isn’t an option, we’re more than happy to come over and help you too! After all, we are one of the leading lice removal experts in the industry!
Call us at 732-806-7717 to make an appointment right away.