Parents: Don’t Feel Bullied Because of Head Lice!

Parents, Don’t feel bullied because of head lice when your child encounters a head lice infestation.

Recent survey shows that parents can feel bullied, too, especially when it comes to having head lice in the family.

Lice Clinics of America OC wants to help take the pressure off parents struggling with the stress and embarrassment of head lice.

Parents are nervous about head lice because they think they will be shamed. A OnePoll survey of 2,000 U.S. parents—conducted in conjunction with Lice Clinics of America—found that 52 percent of parents feel judged by other moms and dads when their child comes home with head lice.

There is a long-held and long-debunked idea that head lice are associated with poor hygiene. The medical world has busted this myth, but the perception persists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Children get head lice from other children, plain and simple, The primary way lice spread is through head-to-head contact. Head-to-head contact with an already infested person is the most common way to get head lice.

There’s also some evidence to suggest that head lice are actually a sign of cleanliness. Lisa Lewis, a pediatrician in Fort Worth, Texas, told Readers Digest, lice don’t adhere easily to oily, greasy, or dirty hair. They love to infest nice, clean, dark, light, thick or thin hair.

One reason that parents dread head lice when lice enter their lives is that the bugs have become very difficult to treat. Traditional lice treatment products, when they work, require weeks of application and hours of tedious nitpicking.

Unfortunately, those traditional products rarely work. Many parents try and fail to treat head lice with those products because head lice have become immune to the chemical pesticides in them. The most recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that so-called ‘super lice’ comprise 98 percent of head lice in most U.S. states. Also, the pesticides used in lice products have been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children.

The good news is that Lice Clinics of America – Orange County can help. The clinic is part of a network of more than 350 lice treatment centers in over 36 countries offering head lice treatment using the FDA-cleared AirAllé® medical device. The AirAllé has been clinically shown to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using heated air to dehydrate the lice and eggs.

Our treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective, this means you will leave our clinic lice-free.

Lice don’t cause or carry diseases, so they are not a health concern—more of a medical nuisance, You can now be done with head lice in about an hour. A simple problem has finally met a simple solution—no more blaming or feeling shame about a mere inconvenience.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit www.liceclinicsoc.com , or call 949-547-5423.

No Lice No-vember

No Lice No-vember

WLet’s Make it a ‘No Lice No-vember!
With the holiday season approaching, one gift families don’t want to receive is head lice. The holidays are one of the peak seasons for head lice as children celebrate with lots of hugging and close contact. We always see a huge surge in cases of head lice during the holiday season. Head lice are the last thing families want to deal with at home, traveling or celebrating, and we are trying to help everyone be prepared.

Have No Fear
If the unthinkable happens and your child does have lice, we have the safest, fastest, most effective treatment available, you will be lice-free in about an hour, end of story. Lice Clinics of America O.C’s the exclusive provider of head lice treatment using the FDA-cleared AirAllé® medical device. AirAllé is a Class I medical device clinically demonstrated to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using microprocessor-controlled heated air. The air is dispensed with just the right velocity and temperature and is applied by certified technicians to quickly dehydrate lice and eggs. The entire process takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be
effective.

Prevention Is Key
Even if you do not have lice, we strongly recommend using one or more preventative products to make sure your family stays lice-free through the holidays. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to head lice. Our Laguna Hills and Tustin clinics offers preventative spray , preventative kits and shampoo products that serve as lice repellent. These products include a non-toxic solution that smells perfectly pleasant to humans but is offensive to head lice. We also show many ways to do your daughters hair in our previous blogs that will help keep the lice away. If you pair that with our preventative products, you are all set for a successful No
Lice No-vember! To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit www.liceclinicsoc.com or call 949-647-5429.

My child has lice, who should I tell?

My child has lice, who should I tell?

We know it can be an overwhelming feeling to find out that your child has lice, along with the uncertainty of how to treat it or how to clean your house. Luckily, Lice Clinics of America is here to help with treatment and follow up instructions for your home. When you come into one of our clinics, you will leave lice free in about 1 hour with our painless and hassle free treatments. But after the treatment is done, who should you tell?

When your child has lice many people wonder where they got it or who gave it to them? It can be extremely difficult to ascertain who gave your child lice however you can do a few things to make sure no one else is affected by your child.

Lice is perceived as embarrassing or has negative connotations. It can be seen as a sign of uncleanness, however, this conclusion is not true. Lice is just as common as the flu or the common cold; and millions of families are affected by this every year. To help do your part to keep the lice from spreading, we would recommend that you contact all of your children’s close friends especially if they have had any sleep overs recently or borrowed any of their friends clothes.

Additionally, any sports where they might share a helmet or a hat or after school activities that might involve close contact with other children. It can be hard to make this call but think if your child’s friend had lice you would want to know so you can check your child. We recommend that you call your child’s school, family friends or anyone else that may have been in close contact with your child.

Normalizing head lice is a job that we need help with and you along with our community are key to help us out. At Lice Clinics of America we have friendly staff that is here to help you understand head lice, treat it and more importantly, not make you feel ashamed for it! If you need help contacting your child’s school or sports team, feel free to ask, we will gladly help 🙂

Home Clean Up After Lice

Home Clean Up After Lice

Home clean up after lice can be one of the most challenging and chaotic experiences. This blog will ease your mind.  We will be giving you the easiest directions to clean your home post lice infestation.

First and foremost, take a deep breath and remember that lice do not fly, swim, jump, and the lice eggs are not contagious. You can only catch bugs. Those bugs need your scalp to survive or they will die within 48 hours. So rest assured, you can lay the idea that they will “infest your furniture” to rest as they need a human host to survive.

First Things First

Before your journey deep cleaning, it is important to make sure all members of the household are screened for head lice. Make sure they are properly treated with a solution that is effective. If you do not check and treat everyone, it voids out the purpose of cleaning because the problem is not fully solved.

Time to Clean!

 

  • Take all of your sheets, pillowcases and towels used by the people who have been infested within the past 48 hours and wash high heat. You can put the big comforter into the dryer for 30 minutes high heat without washing it.

Heat will kill head lice

  • You can lint roll or vacuum your couch or car if it is fabric, or simply wipe it down if it is leather. We also suggest a nice solid vacuuming of the home, especially if you have little ones who like to play on the floor.
  • You can boil hair supplies or place them into a zip lock bag, then place it into the freezer overnight.
  • Throw pillows or stuffed animals used within the past 48 hours can be put in a big bag, tie the top and set aside for 48 hours.

 

 

       That’s all!

 

Our Air Alle’ Treatment

Lice Clinics of America’s number one goal is to give caregivers and parents the most complete, safe and effective head-lice treatments available. Our FDA-cleared Air Alle’ device kills lice and eggs by dehydration. This is an exclusive alternative to pesticides, nit picking, or herbal lice remedies. This device kills lice and eggs through a specific amount of time, technique, temperature and airflow.

We are here to keep your stress level low, and your success with lice removal high!

Give us a call at 949-647-5423 or visit our website at liceclinicsoc.com

Summer Camps in Orange County

Summer Camps in Orange County
Summer Camps in Orange County are bound to be the perfect retreat for the summer for your little ones! With so many to choose from, we thought it would be helpful to list a few and the highlights from them. Here you can have easy access to knowing which ones may be best suitable for your kiddos this summer!

Pali Adventures Camp

Located a little off the beaten path located in Running Springs California and is bound to be the ultimate treat for your kiddos.
This camp offers a technology free experience, while providing tons of pictures to family so you can follow your children’s experience. With an ambiance that cannot be beat in Southern California, they are surrounded by mountains, lakes and more. With beautiful weather and sun that is almost always shining, the outdoor activities include water sports, extreme action, flying trapeze, zip lining, skate boarding and so much more for your little camper!

 

Camp James
This 2018 award winning camp according to Readers Choice Day Camp Contest is notorious for many reasons. This camp offers a more natural experience in an outdoor environment. This amazing camp exposes children to a large array of activities with ample opportunity for campers to expand their skills and development. Activities at this camp include:
Archery (8 years and up)
Arts & Crafts
Bounce House & Movement
Canoes
Dance
Drama
Gaga
Go-Carts (6 years and up)
Kayaks (8 years and up)
Laser Tag
Martial Arts
Magic (Only on select weeks)
Miniature golf
Music
Nature Lore
Playground
Rock Climbing (6 years and up)
Sports & Athletics
Stand Up Paddleboards (8 years and up)
Swimming
Targets (4-7 years old)
Trikers (4-7 years old)
Water Park (6 years and up)
Zipline (10 years and up)
and so much more!

Salty Grom Surf Camp

This awesome Surf camp has been bringing the community of Huntington Beach together one wave at a time. Teaching a limitless amount of families how to surf for over a decade. At this Oceanic wonderland your kiddos will learn not only surfing, but also oceanography, coastal preservation and surfing etiquette. Their CPR and first aid certified instructors will keep your little surfers nice and safe while having fun!

 

Don’t Forget Your Before and After Summer Lice Check!
Lice Clinics of America is dedicated to serving your families with your lice removal needs. We are the preferred provider because we offer the quickest, safe and hassle free solution for lice removal. Also, it is our priority to educate your family on lice prevention as well which will be so helpful during the summer.
With summer here, we want to send your children off to camp lice free, and check them once they get home to make sure they bring back memories and not lice! Have an amazing summer and give us a call at 949-647-5423 or visit our website at www.liceclinicsoc.com

Easter Arts And Crafts

Easter Arts And Crafts

Easter Arts and Crafts is the perfect way to spend your day with the little ones this Easter. Home Depot or any of your nearby paint stores have a variety of paint chips for this particular craft. Grab as many as you like and enjoy a very fun way to decorate the house for Easter! This DIY (Do It Yourself) Paint Chip Garland is the perfect touch to create a very festive ambiance while creating memories as well. The white line in the middle of the paint chip almost mimics the look of a plastic egg!

1.) You can use the link below to print and cut out an egg template. Home Depot’s Behr paint chips have four colors per card, so you would cut them in half eliminating all white except for the line between the two color shades.

2.) Next trace the egg on the back of the card so there aren’t any residual pencil marks on the front, and then cut them out.

3.) Lastly, punch two small holes in the top of each egg with an extra small hole punch and very carefully thread them onto a piece of waxed cotton.

                          DIY Watercolor Wooden Eggs For Easter Basket

This is a very fun treat for your little ones and a way for them to be very creative. All you need are wooden Grimm style blocks in an egg like shape from your local arts and crafts store, watercolor and a paint brush.  Although liquid watercolors are very vibrant and bright, they are completely washable. They are also the most kid-friendly dyeing method and if you get a stain on your hands, it will wash off within 2-3 washes.

1.) Squirt some liquid watercolor into a container and provide a few eggs for your little one and enjoy watching them paint away!

2.) Once the eggs are fully painted, carefully set them on a paper towel to dry overnight.

3.) By the next day, you can set them out for an Easter egg hunt; put them in an Easter basket, or in an empty egg carton for them to enjoy playing with!

                               Let’s Enjoy Easter without Lice

With many visitors, fun activities in the community and heads touching during Easter egg hunts, we want to take lots of precautions to lice.  You can avoid this by keeping your children’s hair up in a bun or a braid, combined with our amazingly effective Preventative Spray. Visit our clinic to find out more about Lice Clinic of Americas very own, Lice Prevention Line of products.

Call 858-249-8337 to get yours today!

 

Head Lice – don’t let it become a headache

Lice Can Be A Headache if you don’t know the right sources to fight it
The first thing that most of us do when we come into contact with a head lice infestation in the family is go to the corner store and buy one of the over the counter treatments that our parents used on us growing up. Or, some of us go to the blogs and see what home remedies seem to have the most success. When dealing with the “dreaded lice” it is essential to find the right solutions and weed out the myths/ ineffective treatments. A lice infestation can be very time consuming and worrisome, and an even bigger ongoing concern for parents is their children having to stay home from school, daycare and missing work.

Lice Does Not Make You Dirty
Lice are absolutely not related to your level of cleanliness. If you have been in prolonged or close contact with someone else who is infested with head lice, you can catch it. There are so many false stigmas that affect our children and families when they encounter a lice infestation, when in all actuality it really keeps us humble. This happens to the best of us, and most importantly, Lice do not discriminate at all and they are transferred by head to head contact for the most part.

When Your In Doubt.Count on US!
Our team at Lice Clinics Of America are always here and happy to walk you through all of the ups and downs with lice infestations making it simple and EASY to for you. If you are tired of the tedious time consuming over the counter treatments/home remedies- Leave it to us. While giving you a large amount of knowledge on how to properly check your children for head lice regularly, and how to avoid infestations we will provide the best care for your family.

How We Work
Lice Clinics of America is fully committed to providing fast , non-toxic lice removal to your family. Our AirAlle treatment is proven to kill all stages of head lice including their eggs by using controlled heated air. It is fast, extremely effective against even the most stubborn head lice infestations.
Give us a call and book your appointment, help is just a phone call away!
949.521.8414

When should you check for head lice?

When should you check for head lice?

Head lice isn’t always noticeable immediately. In fact, in most cases many people aren’t even aware that they have lice until they have had it for a couple weeks. Lice can be somewhat sneaky and hide in places you wouldn’t regularly check or might be covered, such as behind the ears or at the nape of the neck. If you are doing a check and you do find a nit or a louse don’t panic, Lice Clinics of America is here to help treat your family. Before you come to us, here are some tips as to how to check at home.

How often should I check?

If your child is around a lot of kids on a daily basis such as school or after school activates, it is recommended to check them at bath time once a week. It can be especially hard to see those tiny little eggs on the hair so we recommend that you use a nit comb. Using the comb will allow you to potentially pull out any nits or louse. We still recommend that you check your child’s hair even once they have passed grade school.

What do you do once you have found lice?

When you find head lice on you or your child, we know it can be scary but there is any easy solution to your new found problem. You have the option to take care of it yourself with products which usually entails several comb-outs throughout 10 days. You also have the option to take care of it professionally.

Lice Removal Kit by Lice Clinics of America

Lice Clinics of America offers an FDA approved heated air treatment followed by a full comb out and topical rinse application that will have your child come in with lice, and only 90 minutes later leave with clean hair. Head Lice can be such a nuisance and overwhelming. Take the easy route and visit a Lice Clinics of America location near you.

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 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 .