If you ask most parents, teachers, daycare providers, and other folks that are forced to deal with head lice on a regular basis, they’ll tell you that there are three primary “seasons” when head lice infestations are common. They are back-to-school in the fall, after winter break, and after spring break.
This isn’t too surprising, considering these are times when children return to school and are eager to share everything they’ve experienced while away. No, they don’t want to share head lice, but they do play more, take more photos together, view photos on mobile devices while huddled close together, and share hats, scarves, and coats which may transport head lice.
A few simple preventative measures can keep your child lice-free at these peak times of exposure. One of the best ways to prevent lice from taking residence on your child’s hair is to keep the hair short or pulled back. Lice can only spread through hair-to-hair contact. Consequently, preventing hair-to-hair contact means preventing lice from spreading.
While it is much less common for lice to be spread through clothing or hair care products, you should discourage sharing these items as well. Lice can only live for a day or two without feeding on human blood (gross, but true). Most die within 15 hours of coming off a human host. Lice will not intentionally transfer to clothing or to a brush because there is no food source on those items.
You can also use a new kind of lice prevention product called the Lice Preventer Kit. It’s an all-in-one kit that contains gel proven to repel head lice and a no-mess applicator that makes it very easy to apply. The kit was developed by the researchers at Lice Clinics of America, makers of one of the most innovative lice treatment products in a generation—the AirAllé medical device. It’s a Class I, FDA-cleared medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single treatment.
Treatment using AirAllé is available only at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers. The Lice Preventer Kit is available online. The Lice Preventer Kit deters so-called “super lice”—lice that have developed resistance to traditional over-the-counter lice products. Unlike those products, it doesn’t use an insecticide. The gel is non-toxic and poses no health risks.
You can use the Lice Preventer Kit once a week for ongoing protection, or during those peak seasons when children return to school from summer, winter, or spring break. It’s guaranteed to be effective when used as directed.
Parents that have already dealt with the stress and embarrassment of a head lice infestation will appreciate the value of a proven preventative product. Because traditional lice products are losing their effectiveness, some parents have faced protracted battles with head lice for weeks or months.
The good news is that new treatments and products are being developed—non-toxic treatments based on scientific and medical research that are proven to get results. Lice Clinics of America’s AirAllé and non-toxic gel have treated some 400,000 cases of head lice with a 99 percent success rate. Find a clinic near you here.