Just in Time for Halloween: Head Lice One of Parents’ Scariest Nightmares

Did you know that head lice are the third most feared experience for parents? That’s right. Head lice rank third among parents’ ‘worst nightmares.’ More parents fear head lice than chicken pox, pink eye, strep throat and the flu, to name a few.

Only a broken bone and a broken heart scare parents more than head lice.

These are the results of a first-of-its-kind OnePoll survey of 2,000 U.S. parents conducted in conjunction with Lice Clinics of America:

Top 10 Parenting Nightmares

  1. Kid coming home with broken/sprained limb               41%
  2. Kid coming home with a broken heart                           40%
  3. Kid coming home with lice                                              36%
  4. Kid coming home with chicken pox                               33%
  5. Kid coming home with a broken/sprained finger         31%
  6. Kid coming home with strep throat                               29%
  7. Kid coming home with an allergic reaction                   29%
  8. Kid coming home with the flu/cold                               27%
  9. Kid coming home with pink eye                                    26%
  10. Kid coming home with broken glasses                       16%

One reason parents fear head lice is it’s becoming harder to get rid of them. That’s because the most popular lice products on the market are rapidly losing their effectiveness to kill lice and eggs (nits). The most recent study (2016) published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of head lice in most U.S. states are now resistant to pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used in traditional over-the-counter lice products.

If that’s not scary enough, pyrethroids have also been linked to behavior and developmental problems in children.

Yikes!

The good news is solutions are available that make head lice about as scary as getting a haircut. More than 350 Lice Clinics of America® professional lice treatment centers in over 36 countries offer treatment using the FDA-cleared AirAllé® medical device. AirAllé is clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using heated air to dehydrate the lice and eggs. Most treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.

Developed by researchers at the University of Utah and proven over a decade of trials and tests, the AirAllé is equally matched against pyrethroid-resistant ‘super lice’ because it doesn’t rely on pesticides or chemicals. It has been used to treat more than 750,000 cases of head lice worldwide with a success rate better than 99 percent.

Lice don’t cause or carry diseases, so they are not a health concern. And with our proven one-hour cure that makes head lice a fear of the past, there’s one less thing for parents to worry about—they can go back to worrying about broken hearts and limbs.

For more information or to find a clinic, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.

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