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Surge in the incidence of head lice

DENVER - Some would argue that while there are lots of articles on how to treat head lice, there just aren’t enough on how to prevent it. Parents in Denver and surrounding areas spend a lot of money for summer programs and camps for their children. No one wants to learn that his or her child has gotten head lice, but it happens all too often. This is especially so in the upcoming summer months and at the start of school. The bad news is that chemical treatments are claimed to be ineffective. The good news is there are all-natural methods which are said to be 100% effective in treating the lice infestation.  LiceDoctors recommends the following:

·      In order to eradicate a case of head lice, you must remove every nit. If you leave one or two nits in the hair, the case will start all over again. Heads are infested, on average, two-four weeks before you discover you’ve got lice

·       Lice infestation is harder to diagnose than you think. All you need for a self-sustaining infestation is one fertilized female louse. They’re tiny, speedy and scoot from light when you try to find them.

·       It is important to know that not everyone itches from head lice, therefore it is important to check your child regularly to see if you see any nits in the hair.

·      When your child returns from a play date or day at camp, take 5 minutes to see if you find anything translucent stuck to the hair. Keep in mind, getting head lice has nothing to do with hygiene. Head lice don’t care how often you wash your hair. You get lice when lice move from one head to another head. And lice have nothing to do with poverty either – they don’t know how much is in your bank account!

·       To prevent getting lice, girls should wear their hair up in a braid or bun. The less accessible that the hair is, the more difficult it is for the bugs to get into it.

·      Put gel, mousse or spray in your child’s hair. These products put a protective layer on the hair, which makes it harder for the bug to attach to the hair.

·      Bring your own pillows if you are spending the night with friends or going to camp.

·      Encourage your kids to avoid sharing items including hairbrushes, combs, hats, scarves, towels, helmets, sleeping bags, etc.

·      Take deep breaths and keep calm if you find out that your child has lice. .Having lice isn’t life-threatening, but it can wreak psychological chaos on the family or those infected.

·      If you find your child has head lice and want the treatment to be done successfully, you may want to call in a head lice treatment service. Make sure whichever company you call gives you a 100% guarantee on their head lice removal service.