Siblings and Head Lice – Tips from Lice Clinics of America®

April 10th is National Siblings Day, and Lice Clinics of America is using the day to call attention to the fact that siblings are often the channel used by head lice to spread.

The closer in age siblings are, the more likely it is for them to spread lice to one another. That’s because siblings close in age are likely to spend more time together and share rooms, hair accessories, and clothing that might carry hair with lice.

According to a study of Norwegian school children, an infested sibling increases the odds of a child contracting head lice by 36 percent. In some school districts, if a student is found to have head lice, any siblings at the school are also checked.

Lice spread primarily through head-to-head contact. When siblings share a bed or bedroom, and one has head lice, others are likely to get lice, too. Lice don’t fly or jump, but if a louse is on a shaft of hair that falls on a jacket or hat or hair brush, it will crawl on the next head it can find in a matter of seconds.

Lice can’t live anywhere but on a human head, so it is a matter of survival to get on the nearest head.

For parents that do find head lice on one or more of their children, Lice Clinics of America has a safe, fast, and guaranteed cure with the AirAllé® medical device. AirAllé is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using heated air to dehydrate the bugs and eggs. Treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.

The guarantee has one stipulation that speaks to the common occurrence of head lice among children. The service is guaranteed when all members of the household are checked for head lice. That’s because the best way to know that a home is lice-free is for all the residents to be checked for lice. The screenings are free for family members of someone receiving treatment at the clinic.

Head lice have become more difficult to treat in recent years as so-called “super lice” have become the norm. These lice have developed a resistance to the chemical pesticides used in the most popular lice products. Research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2016 found that 98 percent of lice in the United States are now immune to the pesticides used in lice removal products.

AirAllé kills super lice just like any other lice because it doesn’t rely on pesticides or any chemicals at all. Lice Clinics of America offers a complete line of nontoxic lice prevention products to keep head lice away for good. The company also offers a home version of the AirAllé device, called OneCureTM. Most products are available at clinics and online.

With 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. AirAllé has treated more than 750,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.

To learn more or to find a clinic, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.

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