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Head Lice at School

Head lice at school. Has it ever happened to you? How do you deal with it?

This post is in respond to the new policies in Washington state on head lice. The article “Should kids with head lice be allowed at school?” on CBS News talks about the “more” lenient” head lice policies at school that are bugging some parents. 

 

Head Lice treatments

 Lice are “icky”, and they can cause an infectious process when children have a heavy infestation and itch profusely– causing reddened areas at the nape of the neck and behind the ears.

Lice are easily passed between 1 child to the next.  It only takes 30 seconds of head to head contact for them to be transmitted.  Sending notes home to parents is a fabulous reminder for parents to check their children for head lice.  It is just like getting a strep throat notice home, if your child complains of a sore throat, you will take them more seriously if you have received a note.  As with head lice if you just received a note and you notice your child itching you are more apt to check!
Lice is difficult to treat with the commonly used OTC medications and even prescription medications.  Studies have shown that the OTC treatments are definitely not 100% effective and there is nearly no efficacy on the nit.  This is why there is a need to retreat after 7 days (after the nits hatch and there are more live bugs!).  Thus exposing children to more harsh chemicals!!
Parents are missing work to take care of the issue and will make investments in companies such as Ladibugs, Inc. who uses a FDA cleared medical device along with their product line with an all natural approach while others are at there wits end on how to manage the overwhelming situation.
Parents NEED to know about the problem in the class room in order to check their child.  Parents need to be educated.  This is not a hygiene issue.  Children need to be educated about sharing hats, helmets etc.   Lice is only 2nd to the common cold in what children bring home from school.
It’s time to stop trying to hide that issue and face it with education surrounding lice and their life cycle and ways to eliminate the issue in a all natural way to protect our children and ways to prevent.
by Rachel Knutson

Help your Family Prevent Head Lice

WCCO

Help your family prevent head lice by following some tips we gave our friends at WCCO this morning.

 

Edward Moody from WCCO, stopped over (along with Dave) to our Hopkins head lice center location to learn a few tips on how to prevent head lice. Christina demonstrated how our FDA cleared medical device works and what to expect during the louse removal process.

Rachel Knutson, Co-founder of Ladibugs, Inc. shared a few tips on how to prevent head lice. Some of these tips include:

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Prevent head lice

September is head lice awareness month and it is more important than ever to understand what head lice is, how to treat it and most importantly how to prevent it.

Remember that Ladibugs does free head checks. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact out hotline 1-855-804-8889.

 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u0rx5VKX_c&feature=youtu.be

Heading Back-to-School Head Lice Free

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Head Lice prevention

Heading back-to-school head lice free

 

Back-to-school is the time of the year where parents need to be aware of head lice.

As kids go back to school, they may be bringing home more in their backpacks than their school books this September. They’re creepy, they’re crawly and they’re much more than an inconvenience. Ask any parent who has ever had to deal with lice and they will tell you they can wreak havoc on the household. But now there is help available for parents to both prevent and deal with the little critters.

September is Lice Awareness month and there are an estimated six to 12 million infestations in the United States each year. Make sure to check your children for head lice.

Ladibugs offers free head lice checks during the month of September in any of the Ladibugs Lice center locations: Hopkins, Woodbury and Rochester.

http://www.ladibugsinc.com/office-appointments/

Check out the tips to head back to School head lice free we gave to our KSTP-TV friends.

 

 

Some experts say head lice are no big deal

WCVB- Boston Channel

 

BOSTON —If you’ve ever had a child in school, you’ve heard about head lice. Maybe someone in your family has had a case of those pesky creatures.

But one expert says lice infestation is no big deal. And students shouldn’t miss even one day of school because of it.

Noreen Cavanaugh of Lice Doctors said all it takes is olive oil, a special comb and persistence to get rid of lice– parasitic bugs that live and breed on the head, most often in children.

“Olive oil smothers the adult head lice,” said Cavanaugh.

Lice do not spread disease and have nothing to do with bad hygiene. But some schools have no-lice policies. When her 10-year-old got head lice, Amy Vergne reported it to the Newton schools. She was told her daughter had to stay home until the lice were gone.

“I can understand people that don’t want to say it. But then you have your child getting it because someone else didn’t say it, and it just goes on,” said Vergne.

But parasitologist Richard Pollack says no student should miss a day of school because he or she has head lice.

“Schools get hysterical. There’s this yuck factor associated with it, this emotional baggage. Head lice doesn’t cause disease in kids, it’s not that readily transmitted. It requires direct head to head contact, usually prolonged contact,” said Pollack.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of School Nurses ALL agree that in-school transmission is rare and children with head lice or nits should not be excluded from school.

It is important to treat head lice. Over-the-counter products can work. But some contain pesticides which can irritate the scalp. Sometimes the problem goes away by just using a special comb.

But Pollack said beware of over-treatment and misdiagnosis.

“What’s needed is the expertise to know it’s a louse. You need the visual acuity,” said said Pollack.

Pollack’s Harvard School of Public Health study screened more than 10,000 schoolchildren who were said to have lice. A large number did not have them.

“They were misidentified; they were bits of dandruff and debris,” he said.

“This is not a health issue. But when you’re the parent and you have a child that has lice, this can be very upsetting,” said Cavanaugh.

Every school has a different policy when it comes to head lice. So check with your district’s school nurse.

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Head Lice and Harry Potter

Head lice news always surprises us, and I am sure this will too.

Did you know that   an outbreak of head lice occurred among the young cast while filming “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”? We bet they wish they would’ve have Ladibugs products to remove the head lice fast and without chemicals.

The producers wish Harry could have been able to perform some real wizardry on this one!

Head Lice in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cast

Parenting Tips In Today’s Modern Society

BY: DONNA CHAFFINS

 

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Parenting is not an easy job. However, today’s morally corrupt society makes this task a lot harder. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to help your child grow into a happy and well-adjusted adult. Below are some parenting tips that will help you out a lot:

Show Your Children That You Love Them

Children need and want to feel loved by their parents. That is why you should take time to show them that you love them every day. When a child is constantly shown love by his or her parents, that child grows up with a sense of security and confidence. You do not have to spend a lot of money on your children to show them love. Your children will value the time that you spend with them more than they value the things that you purchase for them.

Set a Good Example

There are a lot of bad influences on the television and Internet. Children are also exposed to bad influences when they go to school. It is impossible to protect your children from all of the bad influences in the world. However, one of the things that you can do is set a good example. If your child sees you living a morally decent life, then he or she will naturally want to follow suit.

Set Firm Limits

Discipline is one of the most controversial parenting topics today. Many parents are too permissive while others are too strict. As a parent, you have to learn how to set firm, flexible limits. Children who do not have enough limits may grow up thinking that they can do whatever they want. These children often have to go to a boarding school. On the other hand, children who have overbearing parents may have trouble adjusting to the real world when they get out on their own.

Encourage Your Child

Growing up gets tough sometimes and children may get frustrated. That is why they need encouragement. If your child makes a mistake, then you should encourage them to get back up and try again. This teaches your child to become resilient.

You also need to encourage your child to pursue his or her interests. For example, if your child has an interest in athletics, then you should encourage him or her to try out for a sport. You should encourage your child to take dance lessons if he or she has an interest in music.

Raising children is hard, but fortunately, there are ways to make it easier. Showing your child that you love them, setting limits, encouraging them and setting a good example are some of the keys to great parenting.

 

Source: Blog by Donna