How can you check for lice?

How can you check for lice?

When your child starts scratching and tells you that their head is itchy what should you do? With the weather changing and causing dry scalp or dandruff it can be hard to determine if your child just needs some head and shoulders or if they could be dealing with something more. Lice Clinics of America can give you some great ideas as to how to check for lice.

The first way that you can check for lice would be using a lice comb and running it through the hair to see if you catch any bugs or nits in the comb. If you see any small brown bugs in the comb that could be lice. Live louse bugs usually are about the same size of an ant but they look a little bit different and are more brown or light brown in color instead of black like an ant.

Another great way you can check for lice is with sectioning the hair with a wooden pick and going through each section by hand to see if you can notice any eggs or nits. It can be hard to tell the difference between nits and dandruff which brings us to our third way of checking. Using a magnified glass can be really beneficial because the nits and dandruff will look different. Nits will have a distinct look as well as feel to them.

Lice eggs are stuck to the hair almost as if they are glued on where as dandruff with flake off of the hair strands. The eggs or nits will feel like a bubble is on the hair and even when you touch it with your finger they will remain on the hair. Hopefully these tips will help you and your family stay lice free and if you are affected by lice then Lice Clinics of America is here to help.

Patricia Willemsen of the the Lice Clinics of America in Tustin checks a patient for lice at their new clinic in Tustin.

How to stay lice free on Halloween

How to stay lice free on Halloween

Halloween is coming up and it can be such fun with your family from pumpkin carving to trick or treating, dressing up and eating candy until your tummy hurts.

We want to give you some tips to help you keep your family lice free during this Halloween season. Some of these things you might not have thought of while others you may already be doing. Dressing up can be so fun for you and your children! It is common to share customes, wigs and other decorative items with your friends so that you can be many different characters throughout  Halloween week, here’s some tips to stay lice free:

  1. When exchanging customes, pay special attention to anything hair or head related. Check wigs, hats, hair bands, etc for evidence of lice.
  2. Ideally wash customes and put them on the dryer before re-using. If you can’t put them in the dryer, put them in an air tight bag for 48hrs.
  3. Itching is normal after wearing wigs, if your child is scratching… don’t panic. Wash their hair and dry it out, section the hair in small pieces to look for evidence of head lice, most likely it’s just a scare!
  4. Sleepovers are very common during halloween wig. We don’t want to ruin the fun but we want to help you be ahead of the game! If your child has sleepovers scheduled, put a head lice preventative spray on his/her bag.

Being aware and on the watch is the best remedy to avoid infestations. If at the end your child ends up having head lice, relax, we got this! Give us a call or schedule online and we’ll help you out. At Lice Clinics of America we have a solution for every budget, stating at $39.99! Find out more here.

How is head lice spread?

How is head lice spread?

Head lice is just as common as a the flu or a cold however here are some helpful tips as to how to help prevent the spread of lice. There are some misconceptions of how lice is spread.

Lice can jump from person to person, luckily for us this is not true. Direct head to head contact is the easiest and most common way to contract lice. Simple things like sharing the same bed or sleepovers, also cuddling will allow the lice to be transmitted from one person to another.

 

Sharing clothing while less common is still a plausible way for you to contract head lice, clothing such as hats, headbands and ear muffs are the most dangerous since they had direct contact with the people’s head. Also items such as shirts, jackets or coats can also carry lice because as they are in contact with one’s hair. Our purpose is not to discourage your child to learn on sharing but just to be aware when this pesky buggers are around.

All grooming items such as hair brushes, combs, bobby pins are also possible means of transmission especially if there is remaining hair on any of those items. It’s important not to share these items with your friends or family in order to be sure you don’t catch lice.

Lastly, laying on certain furniture or floors that are carpeted can increase your chances of getting lice as well. If you know a person with lice has used a couch or upholstered chair be sure to vacuums it prior to sitting on it. We hope these tips are helpful and allow you to stay safe and take the necessary precautions when you become aware that someone you have been close to has lice. If you ever do end up getting lice,  don’t panic we are here to help. Give us a call and we can schedule you to come in and get treated same day .

Learn something new while waiting in line.

Learn something new while waiting in line.

Summer is here and that means that you and your family will go on great adventures whether it is a plane ride or a road trip or even a ride down to the beach this warm weather brings some great fun in the sun. Think about what you have to do before you get to the adventure, usually it involves standing in line or waiting in a parking lot which gives your child a lot of time to play on all of their ipads or phones. Since they are on their devices anyway why not use it as a tool for fun learning. There are so many amazing apps these days available for free in either itunes or the google play store.

 

Counting caterpillars and reflex math are great ways to engage your child while having fun, you will see your child’s learning capability grow and eyes widen with excitement. Star Map and Learning Bird ID allow your child to broaden their horizons past the clouds and the sky while understanding their immediate surroundings as well. Teaching your child to read at a young age is so important to the early development and there are many amazing apps to help assist you, Hale’s Tale and Teach your monster to read are just a few of the great apps that we suggest.

Bluster and Mad Libs expand on storytelling, problem solving and spelling allowing your child to get ahead. All of these apps and more are specifically designed to benefit your child’s learning process and I know that angry birds is fun but lets help our children learn and grown. The next time you find yourself waiting at a counter or standing in a line take advantage of that time and watch them laugh, learn and have fun.