Parenting Tips: How to Talk to Your Kids About Lice

Some topics of conversation are just not easy to bring up, especially with young children. You wonder how much they will actually understand. You worry they could react in a negative way and cause heightened sensitivity to the subject. Yet, as parents or caretakers of children it is important to address the topic of lice. The CDC states that anywhere from 6 to 13 million people acquire lice per year in the United States, most often children between the ages of 3-11.  When it is that common of a problem talking to your kids about prevention and symptoms is essential to staying lice free.

 

The way you talk to children can have a lot to do with the way they react. Asking specific questions can help break the ice and make it more likely they will respond.  One example of this is to start by asking open ended questions like, “What was your favorite thing about school today?” This can help to initiate conversation because kids are into details. They want to tell you about specific things that meant something to them.

 

Keep things simple. Share the facts about lice with them in a simple, precise way they can understand. It can be tempting to get into the gory details or use scientific names, yet this can just cause confusion or boredom. Cutting to the chase makes them feel like they are capable of understanding and have the ability to be part of the conversation.

 

Don’t overreact. Children look to us as examples in all we do. If we are quick to act stressed or worried it can easily rub off onto them. Be patient, calm and remember that this is a common problem. If your child has been sent home from school for lice or if you suspect they are carriers it is best to first be sure. Contact the Lice Clinic of America, Vacaville and take your family in for lice head checks. If you comb through and inspect their head at home do not be easily grossed out or act shocked. Prepare yourself and be adult about it. If you are acting scared, so will they.

 

Avoid nagging and acting disappointed. It is really no ones fault if a child acquires lice. Nagging or complaining, making them feel dirty or gross is NOT a good approach to helping your child through this. When children are nagged at their motivation is replaced with discouragement. Children want positive affirmation and will be easy to persuade and work with if parents use kind words and actions toward them. Rewards, or even just patient and uplifting words are your best bet in getting them to cooperate. This also creates an environment of positivity and facilitates a healthier relationship between parent and child.

 

Lastly, make sure that they understand. Ask direct questions, then patiently wait for an answer. Once you are sure they are able to grasp the concept of what you are teaching them the conversation can move forward at a pace that helps them to keep up. Too often in discussions with children they just choose to smile and nod, not really having a clue what is being said. Stopping to make sure they comprehend makes them feel safe and confident in your trust and concern for them.

Pediculophobia: A Silly Phobia or Parental Reality?

 

We have all heard of those who are deathly afraid of heights. Did you know there’s a scientific name for that fear called Acrophobia? What about the classic 1990 movie that so entertainingly dives into the fear of spiders, Arachnophobia. If you don’t have a fear of spiders you will after watching that!

You might not realize the fear of head lice falls into a phobia all its own. Pediculophobia, the fear of lice. Lice are minuscule insect parasites that live on the scalp of those they infest. They feed on human blood, leaving hundreds of red, irritating bites all over their victims head. Sound like something worthy of a phobia? To many parents and caregivers it is in fact, for many reasons. What will the neighbors think? How could we possibly live with the embarrassment? Where do I go for treatment? How can I get rid of the problem quickly and inexpensively?  Or is it just the plain phobia of blood sucking insects setting up camp on their scalp.  One common fact that escalates their fear is that insect activity increases at night. Imagine the sensation of tiny bugs biting, crawling and causing painful irritation as you are trying to sleep.

Rest assured phobic friends, you are not alone. The United States Center of Disease Control states that roughly 6 to 12 million children are affected by lice each year. The majority of children infected are between the ages of 3 and 11 because of the way they engage and socialize with one another. So parents, as afraid as you may be feeling you are not the first or last family to contract lice. The important thing is to remain level-headed and come up with a game plan. This is not a life-threatening situation. There are fast, effective and reliable solutions available to those dealing with lice. Get the facts, call your local lice clinic and speak to someone who deals with eliminating this problem on a daily basis.

As scary as it sounds, lice infestation is a communicable disease that qualifies as a public health concern for whole communities. The best approach is to arm yourself with knowledge, talk to your child’s school nurse, closest friends, teammates, classmates, and inform other parents on how to protect themselves. If you are open and honest with them they will greatly appreciate the approach you take to spread the word and prevent an outbreak for others. In fact, odds are you will be surprised by how many parents have tips, tricks or advice on how they rid their family of lice.

Remember, you are not in this alone. At Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville we offer professional solutions that you cannot get anywhere else. We can alleviate your fears with our innovative technology that is over 99% effective in killing lice and their eggs. Our most popular is the Signature AirAllé® Treatment. With a 3-step process that will give immediate, lasting results you can rest assured that the problem is eliminated.

Fall Activities to Treat Your Family

Fun traditions for this time of year can get everyone in a festive mood. When the leaves start to turn and the nights get longer there are a lot of different ways to keep your family entertained. At Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville we are all about helping families. We encourage you to create and keep some fun seasonal traditions that will build lasting relationships and memories for you and your family!

 

  1. Find a local pumpkin patch. Many local farms create awesome Halloween environments to get you in a spooky mood. Some include hay rides, corn mazes, haunted houses, petting zoos, pumpkin painting, pumpkin demolition, carnival games, seasonal food to enjoy and even a pick your own pumpkin patch. Usually the cost for entry is economical and everyone in the family can pick out their own pumpkin to take home. That makes the tradition of pumpkin carving even more fun when everyone has the chance to find that perfect pumpkin all their own. Before you head out for the festivities take a second to remind your children to avoid sharing scarves, hats, beanies and hoodies as to keep everyone lice free during this beautiful fall season. One resource for finding the best local pumpkin patch around is www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org. It has a map of every county in California making it easy to find your perfect patch!
  2. Visit an apple orchard and take home some fresh apples. Farm grown apples say fall like nothing else! The smell of a fresh baked apple pie or a homemade hot cider really create memorable moments for families. Some local apple orchards sell apples by the pound with many different varieties to choose from. Early apples like Gala, and mid season apples like Delicious and Honeycrisp are in season during October. Dip them in caramel, slice them up with toffee, or just enjoy them crispy and fresh. Most local farms are also selling figs, late raspberries and tomatoes.
  3. Deck out your home in Halloween decor.  Placing your pumpkins around a fireplace or front porch can make everything seem festive. Create homemade paper bats, ghosts or spiders to place around the room. Use autumn leaves in red, yellow and orange to add to staircases, garlands, or under candles. With handprints children can make Halloween creatures and even paint with sliced apples that can be used as fun stamps. Adding festive pillows or wooden signs can create a feeling of fall everyone will love!
  4. Stay at home and celebrate. Scary movies get everyone excited for Halloween. Not so scary Halloween movies can be a fun family night that even little ones will love. Grab some caramel popcorn and your favorite candy bars and make it unforgettable! After the movie go outside and have your own bonfire. Snuggling up with your loved ones by the fire, roasting marshmallows and sharing a fun, scary story will really spice up the night.
  5. Get cooking! Many seasonal recipes can create fun opportunities to enjoy this time of year. Pumpkin spice, homemade caramel, hot apple cider, and roasted marshmallows are all traditional things to keep your fall spirits up. One recipe to try is roasted pumpkin seeds from www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com.  Give it a shot and see if this tradition will stick for you!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds

2 teaspoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F

 

Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

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The Selfie: Modern Lice Transportation

The School year has returned and so has the risk of your child getting head lice. The school year means your children being around more friends and classmates. In this day and age, kids are now contracting head lice because of a hidden head lice threat, selfies.

Scientists recently tested more than 200 kids and found those owning smartphones or tablets were more than twice as likely to have head lice as those without devices. This intrigued scientists so they dug a little deeper.

As selfies increase, higher rates of head lice infestations arise. Selfies provide a prime opportunity for head lice to spread as people share personal space, allowing the head lice to crawl from one head to another.

Older Children Getting Lice From Selfies

This also means that head lice infestations have increased in older children, such as those in middle school and high school. This suggests that an increased usage of the smart devices strongly correlates with an increased rate of head lice incidents. It makes sense that older children would take a selfie with their younger sibling and then create a domino effect of spreading head lice, bringing the lice from elementary school to middle school and even to high school.

The not-so-fun part about head lice being more rampant than ever before is the outbreak of super lice. Super lice are resistant to most over-the-counter lice treatments and can survive in most chemicals that were made to kill them.

Our Solution

Ultimately, high quality, non-toxic, head lice treatments are the optimal solution to the head lice epidemic, which is exactly what we offer. Our solution is not only the most effective on the market, but it is also completely safe without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides.

Our high-quality head lice treatments are environmentally friendly and provide a safe and effective solution for preventing and eliminating head lice.

The alternative to high quality, non-toxic head lice treatment are the over-the-counter head lice treatment shampoos that have shown to be toxic and ineffective at eliminating lice. Furthermore, even the prescription head lice treatment shampoos recommended by doctors can be very expensive and can also be highly toxic to the human scalp, rendering them unsafe to apply.

When choosing a head lice treatment, it’s of high importance to choose one that is safe for your children and will eradicate the lice in just one treatment.

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Don’t Shave Your Head Because of Lice, We’ll Treat it at a Reasonable Price

Head lice, head lice are no fun

They can attach to the hair of anyone

 

They are most common among young kids

Our revolutionary treatment certainly rids

 

Don’t share hats and don’t bunk heads

The more your kids do, the more it spreads

 

They will not harm you, but they’ll make you itch

Doesn’t matter if you’re poor or rich

 

Lice don’t discriminate, they just need hair

They won’t live on you if your head is bare

 

But don’t shave your head just because you have lice

We’ll easily treat it at a reasonable price

 

Call us today and we’ll be here to assist

We’ll make sure on your head the lice no longer exist

 

It’s a one and done process, no coming back

When it comes to lice treatment, we’ve got a true knack

 

If it happens to you, take a deep breath

No need to be scared half to death

 

Remember that they’re common and can be treated

In about an hour, the lice removal will be completed

 

It’s a no brainer to call us first

Treating more than once is the absolute worst

 

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Tips For Raising Selfless, Independent Kids

Parenting is a journey, often a difficult one. Here are 5 tips for raising independent and self-sufficient kids.

1. Let Your Kids Fail

Not only does failing build character but it is necessary for success. It can teach children how to work hard and get back up after falling. It is a disservice to do everything for our children and constantly step in to make things easier for our children. If your children can do something on their own, let them. It is not always teaching our children a good lesson when we do their school projects for them and write their speeches for them. Sheri Noga, the author of Have Guts to Do It Right: Raising Grateful and Responsible Children in an Era of Indulgence, parents typically know what their children are capable of but step in to make things easier for them. Try to think in terms of long-term. What’s going to be most beneficial to them? What is going to teach them to be self-sufficient and problem solve?

2. Let Them Read What They Want

Reading is extremely beneficial for children. Children who read, excel academically and are more creative. Let your child read what interests him/her.

3. Teach Your Children About Service

Teaching your children to serve others and put other first will help curb entitlement and lead to being humble and generous. We recommend encouraging daily acts of kindness, not only once-a-year grand gestures such as volunteering at a soup kitchen. Examples include raking the neighbor’s leaves, reading to the elderly, walking the neighborhood dogs, throwing away other students trash and school and the list goes on.

4. Don’t Pay Your Kids To Clean Their Room

Paying your children to make their bed or clean their room is not always the best thing in the long run. Parenting expert and author, Alyson Schafer says children will start expecting to be paid for everything they do for you. They’ll think “why would I help my mom carry groceries when I can make my bed for $10?”

5. Set A Bedtime And Stick To It

A study published in 2013 in the journal Pediatrics found that seven-year-olds who had irregular bedtimes had more behavioral problems than did those with consistent bedtimes. Children do well with patterns, schedules, and consistency.

Asa parent, it’s often hard to see things in a long-term perspective, but if you make decisions based on the future, it will pay dividends in the end.

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Back To School And Head Lice

We’re sad that summer has ended and it’s time to get back into the hustle and bustle of school. Your child probably already had their first day of school or they will soon. Either way, this is about the time of year that is associated with something besides back to school: dodging head lice! You’ve probably heard about lice before but all you really know is that you don’t want anything to do with them and that your kids can get them from school. Hopefully, in the past, you were able to avoid them and hopefully, we can help you avoid them in the present and the future as well. What can you do as a parent to try to avoid head lice or to treat them if your child is affected? We’re here to cover it all, from what head lice are, to how to effectively treat them.

What Are Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny parasitic insects that attach themselves to human hair. The little insects feed off of human blood from the scalp, which is why they live in the hair. The good news is that head lice don’t carry disease. The bad news is, they are a huge nuisance and require proper treatment or else they will not go away. In addition to the live lice, they also lay eggs, called nits, which will eventually hatch and then lay eggs and continue the cycle. That’s why the infestation can last years if not treated. It could also spread to your whole family or your child’s school. When it comes to head lice, parents shouldn’t panic because we have expert technicians to perform safe and effective treatment, but parents should seek treatment right away. Don’t put it off.

Nothing To Do With Cleanliness

Have you ever heard of the term “cooties”? That term actually derives from lice and nits and goes way back to ancient times when people believed that only dirty and poor people got lice or “cooties.” People who try to stay away from these people. Since then, we have debunked that myth as we now know that lice have nothing to do with cleanliness or bad hygiene. Anyone can get head lice no matter their age, gender or type of hair. Head lice are highly contagious and any child is at risk.

The Symptoms?

  • An itchy scalp
  • Hard time sleeping
  • Feel a moving sensation in the hair
  • Sores on the head or nape of the neck

Why are School-Aged Children More Susceptible?

Don’t get us wrong, anyone can get head lice but it is most common among elementary school-aged children. This is because head lice are spread most commonly through head-to-head contact while playing, taking selfies, hugging or any other activities that require getting close to each other. They can also be spread through sharing items such as brushes, combs, hats scarves and over items. Head lice cannot jump or fly.

Head lice are very common among children but we happen to have a revolutionary and medically proven treatment that parents love. We can get rid of head lice infestations with one treatment. Give us a call to make an appointment.

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Tips For Practicing Positive Discipline- Part 2

We hope you enjoyed our first blog post about the proper ways to discipline your children. Here are four more tips for you.

1. Give attention To Behavior You Like And Ignore Behavior You don’t Like

Oftentimes when children act out, it’s to get our attention. Because of this, sometimes the best strategy is to ignore the behaviors you don’t want to see more of and give attention to the behaviors you do want to see more of. This will teach your children the proper way to communicate and they’ll catch on to which behaviors get your attention. Dr. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline,” calls this the “Rain on the grass, not on the weeds” principle.

2. Redirect

Sometimes we can redirect bad behavior into good behavior. Kids who constantly hear “No” or “Don’t” tend to tune those directives out. Instead of telling your children what not to do, Kersey recommends offering a positive behavior to replace the bad behavior. For example, if your child is acting up at the store, you might make them pick out healthy snack items or push the cart.

3. Exploit the “energy drain”

That’s right, the upside to being absolutely drained and exhausted as a parent is that you can use it to your advantage. Fay calls this the “energy drain” principle. You might handle a sibling debacle by exclaiming “Wow, you may need to take that fight somewhere else because it’s a big energy drain for me and I don’t think I’ll have time to take you to get ice cream after dinner.”

4. Bribing Is A No-No

Jim Fay, the founder of the organization Love and Logic says that when be bride children with rewards, what our children hear is “‘You don’t want to be very good and you have to be paid off.'” Offering rewards send our children the wrong message and can be an unhealthy way to get them to behave.

The best reward we can give our children is quality time. That is an extremely important part of parenting. Always remember to love your children and take the time to discipline them in a proper way. As parents, we have the most important and precious job in the world.

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Free Head Checks In The Month Of September!

We Are Offering Free Head Checks In Honor Of Lice Prevention Month

September is Lice Prevention month and to contribute to the cause, we are offering free head checks in the entire month of September. Head checks are usually valued at $25, which adds up if you have a large family. So, take advantage of our offer today!

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

We are aware of all the scientifically unfounded and outrageous lice treatment information floating around on the internet. During lice prevention month, we are dedicated to educating our community, including those who come in for head checks. Our lice treatments can be trusted and are medically backed. We invite you to come in for a free head check and learn some facts about head lice and how to effectively treat them. As experts, we are prepared to spread factual lice information, backed by science. About 6-12 million kids get lice per year, so even if your child hasn’t gotten it yet, the odds are not in their favor. If there’s an outbreak at school, the risk increases exponentially. It is nobody’s fault and has nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene.

Safe And Pesticide-Free

Parents often turn to harmful pesticides or home remedies to cure lice, but that is not the best way! Our revolutionary AirAllé is medically proven and completely safe. Our full-service AirAllé treatment is our most recommended and most popular treatment option because of our guarantee that it will work, or we’ll treat you again at no extra cost. It works by dehydrating lice and their eggs in a safe manner. No pesticides or harmful chemicals of any kind. That’s the best part. While we treat your child, you can have full peace of mind that they won’t be exposed to anything harmful.

We know how to kill head lice and a head check is the first step. So, come on into our clinic for a free head check in the month of September!

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Tips For Practicing Positive Discipline- Part 1

As parents, we’re in this together. We can all turn to each other for parenting advice and tips. Sometimes it’s challenging to figure out the perfect way to discipline your children. You want them to understand why they are being punished and you also want them to feel comfortable coming to you when they are in trouble. Finding a balance in parenting is always tough. Here are some of our tips for practicing positive discipline as a parent.

1. Understand The Meaning Behind The Behavior

Naomi Aldort, the author of “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,” says that children tend to want to behave well. She says is they seem to miss the mark, it’s usually not without a valid reason. “The most important [thing] is to realize what whatever a child does, we may label as bad [but in reality] the child is doing the best he can. It’s our job as parents to find out why [they] are doing it,” Aldort says. “Once we know the valid root of the behavior, we can easily remove the cause or heal emotions, and the child won’t be driven to behave in that way anymore.

It’s important to try to understand why your child is acting a certain way. Ask yourself if you can make any changes on your end. Is your child acting out as a desperate plea for attention? Are there any corrections you can make to fulfill your child’s needs? Aldort says that we often expect unreasonable things from our children.

2. Pay Attention To Your Behavior – Not Just Your Child’s

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably had a stressful experience where keeping cool in the moment was a challenge. Dr. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide To Positive Discipline,” suggests that parents should model the types of behavior they want to see in their children. Leading by example is a real thing because children are impressionable. We should be conscious of how we act in front of our children. Is it fair to teach our children one thing but do another thing? That can be confusing for the child. Be conscious of how you treat others in front of your children because they will most-likely develop your habits. Sometimes it’s OK to walk away from a situation for a few minutes and let yourself cool down before dealing with it.

3. Be Consistent With Your Discipline

Schedules, patterns, and consistency are very important in your children’s developing years. Adort says that parents often overlook a certain behavior in the hope that it will pass. “But guess what?” she says. “It doesn’t pass.” If your child pushes another child, for instance, you should hold their arm and tell them their behavior in unacceptable. If your child continues, then it is time to remove them from the situation.

If you’re a parent, you know that children often try to test the limits by arguing about the rules. In this situation, parents have found success with a simple phrase: “I love you too much to argue.”

We hope these tips have helped you in some way. If you have any advice for parents, leave a comment below and stay tuned for part 2 of practicing positive Discipline with your children.