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4 Quick Facts About Head Lice

1. Any Human Can Get Head Lice

Head lice can infect anybody but of course they are most common among young children. Lice are not a result of uncleanliness or poor hygiene. Lice go way back to ancient times and spread from direct contact with an infected person. Lice crawl from head to head or from object to head. They can spread through sharing combs or brushes with someone who has head lice but it has to be right after the infected person used it or else the lice will die within 24 hours on the comb. Lice cannot fly or hop. You cannot get lice from someone who is standing on the other side of the room from you.

2. If Your Child Has Lice, They May Have Had It For a While

The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva or lice bites. It often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start.

3. Regular Scalp Checks Are The Best Way To Catch Head Lice

The sooner you catch them, the sooner you get rid of them for good. Head checks are an easy way to catch head lice, so it’s recommended for parents of young children to give their children regular head checks, ESPECIALLY if there is a lice outbreak at school.

4. Your Best Bet For Treatment Is Our Signature AirAllé Treatment

Over-the-counter treatments are ineffective, so try them at your own risk. You will most-likely regret it. Lice have built a resistance to them. OurAirAllé treatment is a device that was invented at the University of Utah to combat super lice. It’s FDA-cleared and uses controlled, heated air in a pattern to dehydrate lice and eggs, even the ones you can’t see.

If you need a head check or treatment, give us a call! 855-500-5423.

 

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Travis Family Kicked Off Delta Flight Because Of Head Lice

You may want to think twice before itching your head in the middle of a flight, especially if you’re flying Delta. This piece of advice would have served Fox Sports Analyst, Clay Travis and his family well on their recent flight home from Paris. While on the plane, their 6-year-old son began to scratch his head and a flight and that’s when his mother and a flight attendant found head lice on his head.

Details On The Plane

Travis wrote about the whole incident on his website saying “So my wife tells me that the flight attendants have instructed us that when we land in Minneapolis we aren’t allowed to leave the plane because my six year old has lice.”

This seemed strange to Travis so he grabbed his laptop and tried to look up policies about traveling with head lice. There was no information about that but he found what the CDC has to say about head lice. This is the direct quote he found on their website:

“Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.

Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. “No-nit” policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:

Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as ‘casings’.
Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.

Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.”

“The schools here in Arlington, Va., have adopted what you might call a live-and-let-lice policy. No child will be sent home for lice or for nits. If a child has lice in her hair, the nurse will contact parents but send the child back to the classroom for the rest of the day. Parents are expected to treat the lice, but no one is checking in to enforce this expectation. No classes or groups will be screened for bugs. “No healthy child,” the policy reads, “should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice.”

Conclusion

So, parents are encouraged to keep their children at school if they have head lice because it isn’t a big enough threat, yet the Travis family was kicked off a plane for head lice.

The Travis family wound up not being able to board their flight home to Nashville. You can read about the whole incident via Clay Travis’s website. We encourage you to get your child’s head checked before traveling. We wouldn’t wish this stressful situation on anyone.

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Super Lice Treatment

What Are Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny, annoying insects that live on the scalp. They do not live on pets or other animals. A louse (singular for lice) has six legs, each with a curved claw that can tightly hold onto hair. Head lice crawl easily between hairs, but they cannot fly. They are most commonly transmitted through direct head-to-head contact with someone who has it. Head lice feed on human blood only. A louse does not dig or burrow in to the skin like tick. Lice suck blood on the scalp through the skin.

What Are Super Lice?

Super is not a good thing when it comes to super lice. “Super lice” are super in that they’ve developed resistance to pesticides are in many drugstore and medical lice treatments. This makes killing head lice harder than in past years. The term “super” essentially came from the media in 2015 after public research showed that strains of head lice had developed resistance to pyrethroids, the active pesticide in over-the-counter lice treatments. Conventional shampoos may not kill head lice but our AirAllé treatment sure does. We pride ourselves on having the best super lice treatment around.

Super Lice Research

Thorough research published in 2016 showed that lice samples from 48 states in the U.S carried pesticide-resistant genes. Research articles show that head lice have mutated to become more resistant to pesticides and chemicals that are designed to kill lice. Studies in 2015 showed that the efficacy of lice treatments dropped from 96 percent to 28 percent. Super lice look and act the same way regular lice do, but they can’t be killed by OTC products. Lice have developed a resistance to other types of pesticides in other countries as well. There is no evidence showing that lice can become resistant to heated air (which is how our AirAllé kills lice). This is why our treatment is the way to go. Our treatment works no matter what and we’d be more than happy to prove it.

Our Effective Super Lice Treatment

At Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville, we do head lice treatment right. Our AirAllé treatment uses warm air to dehydrate lice and their eggs in a safe manner. It is medically proven and FDA-cleared. Check out our website to read more about our AirAllé along with our other treatment options.

If you need super lice treatment, head lice advice or want to learn more about our treatment options, give us a call! (707) 877-2161

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Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville is our name And treating head lice is our game

Lice Clinics of America, Vacaville is our name

And treating head lice is our game

 

We are experts and know how to effectively treat

Our AirAllé® treatment dehydrates lice with controlled heat

 

We know that lice can make you scream

But you won’t regret it if you trust our team

 

We’ll take care of the lice once and for all

When it comes to treating head lice, we’re always on the ball

 

We’ve got different options for different cases

Just to be safe, we cover all the bases

 

6-12 million kids get lice per year

And that’s why our revolutionary treatment is here

 

We’ve done the research and have the absolute best treatment in town

We know how to turn frowns upside down

 

Our technicians are friendly and our clinic is always clean

Our AirAllé® might be the coolest thing you’ve ever seen

 

Give us a call and we’ll give you more details

We’ll update you on our current promotions and sales

 

So, ready to get your head lice treated?

Call us up and we’ll get your treatment completed

Summer-fun

Head Lice Don’t Take Summer Off But Our Kids Do

Having Trouble finding fun summer activities to do in Vacaville with your kids? We’ve done some research and have come up with 10 fun summer activities for children in the Vacaville, CA area. Check them out!

  1. Take A Spin On the Nut Tree Carousel

This is a great idea for little kids. You might have a harder time getting your kids off the carousel than you do getting them on it. Nut Tree is a great place to spend the day with your kids. http://www.nuttreeusa.com/

  1. Midway Paintball Fun

Do your kids like rough activities like paintball? Reward them for good grades by taking them to Midway Paintball. It’s a fun idea for a boy’s birthday party. http://www.midwaypaintball.com/

  1. Bowling Day at Stars Recreation Center

Bowling is an activity that can be fun for people of all ages. Pretty much anyone can participate and it’s a great birthday party activity, family night activity or reward for a year of good grades in school. http://starsrecreation.com/

  1. Head to Downtown Vacaville

You can dine, shop or stroll at Downtown Vacaville. It’s a great place to attend events and spend the day or night. Checkout the events calendar.

  1. Eat Funky Foods at the Solano County Fair, August 2-6

Who doesn’t love a county fair? Whether you go for the fried Twinkies, the carnival rides or the entertainment, a county fair has something for everyone. Check out the website for more information.

  1. Go Back In Time At the Vacaville Museum

Do you and your family love history? According to the Vacaville Museum website, “The Vacaville Museum, a Center for Solano County History, is the only institution whose mission includes cultural and historical preservation for all of Solano County. Through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the Museum continuously promotes the value of community heritage. Since 1984, Vacaville Museum has produced 40 exhibits, as well as numerous publications important to the history and sense of place of Solano County.” http://www.vacavillemuseum.org/current

  1. Picnic At Your Favorite Park

People don’t have picnic enough these days. Children love to help make food, put it in a picnic basket and stroll to a beautiful park to eat while enjoying nature.

  1. Shop The Premium Outlets back-to-school sale, August 2-6

Back to school sales are the best! When getting ready to get school clothes for your kids, don’t forget about the sale at the outlets! You can save a lot of money. http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/vacaville

  1. Have a Summer Garage Sale

Who doesn’t have a lot of extra junk laying around? Get rid of the clutter by having a garage sale. Kids love garage sales and they love to help and be involved. Make signs and post them around the neighborhood so people know about it. Get rid of some unwanted clutter and make a few bucks. Your kids might also like having a lemonade stand outside while people come by.

  1. Hike Or Bike the Lagoon Valley Trails

Hiking or biking the lagoon valley trails is a great outdoor active activity for summer. Bring some snacks, get a tan and enjoy what nature has to offer.

We hope you and your family have a fun-filled summer and are able to get your kids out of the house and away from the video games.

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We Treat Head Lice Only. What Are the Other Types?

It seems that lice go back to ancient times and nobody has been able to rid them from the world for good. We are much luckier today than the ancient people were because we have resources that can treat lice so we don’t have to live with them till the day we die like many Egyptians and other ancient people did. There are three types of lice that affect humans and only humans:

  • Body Lice (Pediculus humanus corporis)
  • Public Lice (Pthirus Pubis)
  • Head Lice (Pediculus humanus capitas)

The real names are too fancy and complicated so we’ll use body lice, pubic lice and head lice. The only type of lice we treat at our clinic is the most common type: head lice. That is most likely the type your child will get at school or at summer camp because they come in direct contact with a friend or use their comb or brush or put on their baseball cap. Head lice have 3 stages of life: the egg (nit), the nymph and the adult.

Nits

Nits are the eggs that adult lice lay and they are usually whitish-grey, tan or yellow in color and are an oval shape. They are the size of a grain of sand so they are hard to spot and much easier to feel. They can be confused with dandruff but they will not budge if you shake your hair and dandruff will. The nits will usually hatch within 9-10 days.

Adult Lice

Adult lice are typically the size of a sesame seed and can also be difficult to see. They live for about 30 days. They often blend in with the hair; that’s the difficult part.

Nymphs

Nymphs look just like adult lice but even smaller.

Unlike Body lice, head lice don’t carry disease and don’t cause death or any serious health conditions. They are mostly a nuisance and are very contagious through direct contact.

According to head lice experts, head lice, separated from body lice and became a new subspecies of lice a little more than 100,000 years ago. Head lice are what we hear about today and of you have school-aged children, there’s a big chance you may have to deal with it. About 6-12 million kids are affected by head lice per year.

If you have head lice and need treatment, give us a call!

 

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Red, White and Head Lice

Independence Day is coming up and it is quite a fun holiday. Who doesn’t love fireworks, barbecues, wearing patriotic colors and eating too many hot dogs? This year, the Fourth of July lands on Tuesday of next week and we hope you have some fun plans.

Brief Dive Into History

Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From that time on, July 4 has been celebrated as the birth of American Independence. The holiday is a very cool symbol of our freedom as a nation. People typically celebrate with fireworks, parades, and concerts as well as barbecues family gatherings and parties. As you begin to grow your family, it’s fun to come up with Fourth of July traditions and look forward to them each year. Freedom and independence are definitely things to celebrate.

Head Lice Caution

This holiday usually means lots of gathering with friends and family. If you have young children, be cautious about spreading head lice. You don’t want your holiday ruined by head lice. Make sure to teach your children not to make direct head-to-head contact with other children and not to share hats and accessories.

Head Checks Afterward

It might be a good idea to do head checks on your children at the end of the day just to make sure they didn’t get infested from one of their friends or cousins they were off playing with while you were enjoying a nice barbecue with your adult friends.

Fourth of July Activities

Care.com has some really great suggestions about Fourth of July Activities that are fun and educational for children. Some of our favorites include making a patriotic wand, hosting a bike parade, playing patriotic outdoor games and baking red, white and blue treats with your children.

We hope you don’t have to deal with head lice on the Fourth of July and we hope you take some precautionary measures to try to avoid it. But, if you do wind up finding head lice on your children, give us a call and we will treat you with the best and most effective lice treatment on the market. We pride ourselves on having safe treatments with absolutely no pesticides or dangerous chemicals of any kind. Give us a call to talk about the best treatment options for your family.

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The 4 Parenting Styles: Which Type Are You?

We hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend and were able to honor the father figures in your life. Having a good father should be cherished, because not everyone is so lucky. Our fathers help shape us into who we are and they always have our best interest at heart. The love of a father is unconditional and precious. That’s why we know the importance of keeping your children safe whether it be setting buddy system rules, giving them a curfew or choosing the safest head lice treatment for them. We can definitely provide the best and safest in head lice treatment. We thought we’d have some fun today and talk less about head lice and more about parenting. According to verywell.com, researchers have discovered four types of parenting styles. Each of the parenting styles has a different take on what a parent’s role should be in a child’s life. What type of parent did you have and what type of parent are you?

Authoritarian Parenting

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Authoritarian parents have the following traits

  • They believe kids should be seen and not heard.
  • When it comes to rules, there’s not compromise. It’s your way or the highway.
  • You very rarely take your child’s feelings into consideration.

If those are traits you acquire as a parent, you may be an authoritarian parent. These parents believe their children should follow their rules without exception or discussion. “They also don’t allow kids to get involved in problem-solving challenges or obstacles. Instead, they make the rules and enforce the consequences with little regard for a child’s opinion.”

Authoritarian parents can often be found saying “Because I said so.” Their main focus in parenting is teaching their children obedience. Parents with an authoritarian parenting style are rarely warm and compassionate with their children.

Authoritarian parents may use punishments instead of discipline. So rather than teaching a child how to make better choices, they’re often focused on making a child suffer for his mistakes.

Children who grow up with strict authoritarian parents tend to follow rules much of the time out of fear. This can lead to self-esteem problems and aggression. Studies show they may also become good liars, as they may grow conditioned to lie to avoid punishment.

Authoritative Parenting

Sounds similar to authoritarian but is a completely different parenting style. Do any of these statements describe you as a parent?

  • You put a lot of effort and importance into building a positive relationship with your child.
  • You explain the reasons behind your rules.
  • You enforce rules and give consequences, but you take your child’s feelings into consideration as well.

If so, you might be an authoritative parent. Parents with this style establish clear rules but also allow for reasonable exceptions and discussion about the rules.

Authoritative parents often use logical consequences that teach life lessons. They also use positive discipline to prevent behavior problems and to reinforce good behavior. So they may be more likely to create reward systems and praise good behavior.

Children raised with authoritative discipline tend to be happy and successful. They’re also more likely to be good at making decisions and evaluating safety risks on their own. Researchers have found kids who have authoritative parents are most likely to become responsible adults who feel comfortable expressing their opinions.

Permissive Parenting

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Permissive parents will most likely:

  • Set rules but rarely enforce them
  • Rarely give out consequences
  • Think their children will learn best with little inference from you

Permissive parents are lenient and laid back. They often only step in when there’s a serious problem. Permissive parents are usually push-overs and are also quite forgiving, maybe too forgiving. When they do give consequences, they often give in if a child begs or promises to be good. Permissive parents are pretty much the opposite of authoritarian parents in the sense that authoritarian parents are parents only and permissive parents take on more of a friend role. They often encourage their children to talk with them about their problems, but they usually don’t put much effort into discouraging poor choices or bad behavior. may not discourage a lot of bad behaviors.

Kids who have permissive parents tend to struggle academically. They may exhibit more behavioral problems as they don’t appreciate authority and rules. They often have low self-esteem and may report a lot of sadness.

They’re also at a higher risk for health problems, like obesity, because permissive parents struggle to limit junk food intake. They are even more likely to have dental cavities because permissive parents often don’t enforce good habits, like ensuring a child brushes his teeth.

Uninvolved Parenting

Do The following statements sound familiar?

  • You don’t ask your child about schoolwork or homework.
  • You rarely know where your children are or who they are with.
  • You don’t spend a lot of time with your child.

If so, you might be an uninvolved parent. These type of parents somewhat expect their children to raise themselves, whether they do it on purpose or not. They usually don’t devote much time or energy to meeting children’s basic needs.

Sometimes uninvolved parents unintentionally neglect their children. A parent with mental health issues or substance abuse problems, for example, may not be able to care for a child’s physical or emotional needs on a consistent basis.

At other times, uninvolved parents lack knowledge about child development. And sometimes, they’re simply overwhelmed with other problems, like work, paying bills, and managing a household.

Uninvolved parents tend to have little knowledge of what their children are doing. There tend to be few rules. Children may not receive much guidance, nurture, and attention.

When parents are uninvolved, children struggle with self-esteem issues. They tend to perform poorly in school. They also exhibit frequent behavior problems and rank low in happiness.

There are definitely degrees of extremeness when it comes to each parenting style and parents don’t always fit into just one category. The studies show that authoritative parenting is the best style as far as the outcome of their children, their well-being, and their emotional state.

With dedication and commitment to being the best parent you can be, you can maintain a positive relationship with your child while still establishing your authority in a healthy manner. And over time, your child will reap the benefits of your authoritative style.

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Time For Summer Camp! Let’s Pray There’s Not A Head Lice Outbreak

Summer camp is right around the corner and your children are stoked! (Hopefully). They love going camping with their friends and participating in fun camp games and learning helpful life skills from their counselors. While at camp, there is also a good chance that some kids might fall victim to a head lice outbreak, which will result in an itchy head and a possible grumpy attitude for the rest of camp. Any place with an abundance of children is a high-risk place for head lice.

Super Lice At Summer Camp

With the rise in super lice throughout the U.S, it’s not enough to just send your kid with a lice shampoo and hope they’ll be fine if there’s a head lice outbreak. Unfortunately, that head lice shampoo will not work because of super lice’s resistance against pyrethroids and other active ingredients in store-bought lice treatments. Summer camp is one of the most common places to get head lice just because there are so many kids and so many opportunities for them to touch heads or share items.

What Parents Can do

Parents should definitely be informed and prepared when it comes to head lice. One of the things we can offer is to do head checks and treat lice on the very first day of camp to prevent the spread of current infestations, therefore dodging a head lice outbreak. A massive outbreak can ruin a child’s experience at summer camp, especially if nobody is prepared to deal with it. We can bring our team to summer camp and ensure that there will be no outbreak. Parents should also make sure they know the lice policies and practices of the summer camp so they know what will happen if their child gets lice. It would also be a good idea to talk to the onsite nurse and camp staff so that you know if they are familiar with lice identification and with the camp’s head lice protocols. We can also help you come up with a plan in case your child gets head lice while far away at camp. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend treatment and prevention of further infestation, then allowing those afflicted to remain in group settings. Other organizations, such and the National Pediculous Association (NPA), recommend temporarily removing those afflicted from the group setting until all signs of nits and lice are gone. Determine your camp’s philosophy before your camp season so you will be prepared should lice and/or nits be detected.

Being informed and prepared is the best thing parents can do when it comes to head lice. Your child might be going to summer camp soon and we hope you’ll take a few steps to prepare in case of a head lice outbreak.

 

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Treating Your Lice Infestation Right The First Time

No parent likes finding out that their child has a head lice infestation, but even worse than that is finding out that the treatment you chose did not work. What a disappointment that is as well as a waste of time and money. And How would you know that it wouldn’t work? You’re no lice expert, but we are! Choosing an ineffective lice treatment may cause you to scream and cry with frustration, and for a good reason. The lice process can be quite stressful. It’s our hope that we can educate you enough to avoid using an ineffective head lice treatment. Believe it or not, lice treatment can be quick and effective, so don’t settle for less. With our help, you can put the problem behind you and move on with your life. How does that sound?

Best Treatment For A Lice Infestation

We wish we could say that we have a revolutionary lice removal treatment that will solve all your lice infestation problems. Oh wait, WE DO! And we are dang proud of it. As parents, we have grown passionate about providing the safest and most effective lice removal treatment for children as well as people of all ages. When the AirAllé® was invented by a scientist and father at the University of Utah, he had his children’s best interest at heart. It uses controlled, heated air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. It really is a cool way to kill lice and their eggs. How long it takes depends on the length of the hair and the infestation level but it usually takes under 90 minutes, which goes by pretty fast. Have a lice infestation? Don’t waste your time on other products. Give us a call for the best treatment on the market.

Lice Removal Treatment Without Chemicals

For many years, it was perfectly normal to use all kinds of chemicals to get rid of a head lice infestation, but there was no research to show the harmful effects and potential side effects of the chemicals. Parents simply didn’t know the risk they were taking. Luckily, scientists have now conducted various studies and research that prove pyrethroids and other chemicals to have scary results that are not worth the risk. More and more findings are showing behavioral effects in children, among other things. This, along with the fact that they are ineffective, is why we strongly discourage parents from using store-bought/over-the-counter lice treatments. Pyrethroids are a big no, no and they are found in almost all drugstore lice products.

Questions About Our Lice Removal Treatment?

All of our technicians are friendly and compassionate, so we are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s lice infestation. Yes, lice are contagious. No, they are not harmful. Yes, we can treat your head lice no matter how severe it is. As lice experts, we love answering your questions and addressing your concerns. We don’t believe that any question is silly so please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Head lice are common, so if you have young children, don’t think that it’s never going to happen to your child. It very well might happen if there’s an outbreak at school.