If you've got a school-aged child, then you know that head lice outbreaks happen. Along with being a challenge for families to contain, head lice is uncomfortable for lil ones, with itchy noggins and time-consuming searching and removing of nits. Head lice can also put a road block on family plans, causing kids to have to stay home from school — and adults to miss work, too. Click through to learn more about head lice and how you can keep your tykes protected from outbreaks.
Got an itch? With school in full swing and tots sharing everything from nap mats to brushes and hats, lice outbreaks are as common as scraped knees at the playground. While a lice diagnosis used to mean automatic sidelining until a lil one was bug (and larva) free, the American Academy of Pediatrics' updated position now advises kids to attend school and camp, even if they are infested. We've rounded up six ways to keep the annoying lil bugs at bay throughout the year.
The back-to-school ads may be filled with crayons and paper, but a mom of a house filled with school-aged kids knows there's more to the list than that. Mama needs to add a few key items to that list to ensure that everything runs smoothly throughout the year. After filling your cart with scissors, glue, hand sanitizers, and everything else the teachers recommend, check out our list of must-have items every mom should add to her school-year arsenal!
It hasn't reached epidemic proportions (yet), but lice are a growing problem in our nation's schools. The battle against the lil bugs shows no sign of slowing down as parents and school administrators continue to find larva and shells on kids' scalps. Though most places of education still require tots to stay home if they are infested, the American Academy of Pediatrics claims the bugs are little more than a nuisance, providing no health hazard, and thus seeing no reason to keep kids out of class if they have the nits.
Once a friend or classmate becomes infested, keeping kids free from lice can be an act of stealth avoidance. For parents that stick with all natural bath products, Fairy Tales' organic lice prevention products may be just what the doctor ordered. The paraben and SLS-free Rosemary Repel Shampoo ($11) uses organic rosemary, citronella, tea tree, anise, lavender, and geranium oils to keep lice from latching onto the hair shaft, while simultaneously keeping hair clean and smelling fresh.
It's the itch no one likes to talk about. The word that makes you itch — lice. When it spreads, mamas have to pull out fine-tooth combs and search for the pesky lil bugs in their children's hair. Or do they?
Though 70 percent of LilSugar readers reach for drugstore remedies when an outbreak occurs, others call in the professionals. According to a recent report, the lice-removal industry is booming as more parents are turning to experts to rid their tykes of the bugs. While some of the lice technicians simply come in and do the dirty work for you — using combs, shampoos, and tweezers — others bring in the heavy equipment, including the LouseBuster, a machine that uses heat to clear up young scalps, all at a cost of around $300 a head.
Would you turn to the experts to ensure that your kids' scalps were free from lice?
Just hearing the word "lice" will make one start scratching their scalp. The itching that comes along with the pesky bugs may be painful, but it is often the humiliation or embarrassment that is partnered with head lice that makes children (and their mothers) want to hide until the pests are gone. While we know what head lice is, do we know the facts? Take the quiz and see how well you score.Take the Quiz
My sister-in-law just called and both she and her three-year-old daughter have lice. My niece got it at daycare and passed it on to her mom, which is understandable. But, I'm hosting a family playdate on Wednesday for all the cousins (about 15 kids total) at my house and don't think either of them should come as it could get easily passed along to the rest of us. Is it out of line to uninvite them?
— Scratching My head Over What To Do
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School is in session, and kids can bring home things other than homework. I am talking about the unfortunate and in itch inducing subject of lice.
I just read reports of a strain of super lice that are immune to over-the-counter lice treatments. While my girls have managed to stay lice free, I know lilsugar hasn't been so lucky and she says payback is an itch. So, I am freaking out a little because I know the chances of our household staying lucky and lice free until the girls go to college are slim. I even know a few folks who had lice in college when this disgusting parasite invaded their dorms.
So I was wondering . . .
Dealing with lice can be a hair-raising experience, but parents often differ on the method to get rid of them. Some moms and dads swear by the traditional over-the-counter shampoos and solutions. Weary of chemicals, others take a more natural approach with olive oil, mayonnaise, or tea tree oil.
How did your family nix their nits?
Payback's an itch. When my younger sister had a lice scare years ago, I screamed in horror (literally). In light of that episode, I think I handled yesterday rather well. I was about to braid my daughter's hair when I noticed something very tiny and hard to differentiate attached to her hair shaft. I frantically inspected her head to discover a total of five lil specks. Keeping calm and feeling like infestation had taken over my being, I phoned her pediatrician's helpline, a advice nurse hot-line and urgent care to no avail. After comparing what I thought I saw to some Google images, I erred on the side of caution and headed up to the hospital to see if a nurse would check my children. To see what happened, read more