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Head Lice Pictures Help to Identify Nits

Head lice pictures are creepy, but you should know!

When kids go back to school, they are susceptible to bringing home many different ‘catchy’ ailments of one type or another and head lice is one of them. Having head lice is NOT a result of poor hygiene, so don’t beat yourself up! It’s an extremely contagious condition as the lice easily transport from one person to another. Signs of head lice can be itchy and tiny yellowish-white eggs or lice that look like small sesame seeds attached to the hair.

If you have young children in school or daycare, you probably have received a letter from the school about head lice. Each year as soon as the weather starts to change and through the winter months, the cases of head lice start to appear. I have found it to be more common when children start to wear hats for the winter.

Once the first case of head lice is reported at school, it can spread like wildfire if it is not nipped in the bud right away. Here is how to check your kids for head lice if you have the slightest doubt.

About head lice, it is the active head lice walking around and hosting on the scalp that creates the itching. Often, it starts in the warmer places, behind the ears and the nape area. The active head lice lay eggs that are called nits. The nits attach themselves to the individual hair strands that hatch in 7 to 10 days, producing more active head lice. Here is what you should be looking for:

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The nits are protected by a hardened shell around them, meaning head lice products will not penetrate the shell. When a specific product is used, the active head lice will die and the nits will need to be physically removed with a fine tooth comb. It is a tedious process, especially if the hair is thick. The nits are hard to spot, especially on lighter hair. They have a light pearly look and can often appear to look like dandruff in both light and dark hair.

Hair remedies for head lice include the tried and true over-the-counter head lice treatment shampoos like Nix. Nix Complete Lice Treatment System has proven to be the go-to shampoo for head lice for years! After using the shampoo, run a lice comb through your child’s hair to remove any lice or eggs and then be sure to wash all bedding, clothing, hats, etc. in very hot water to make sure you are rid of all the little creatures!

There are many other over-the-counter products for head lice that work quite effectively, as long as the directions are followed. Ask for the advice of your pharmacist, they stay on top of what’s new and what works best. I would not want to be held accountable if their child has an adverse reaction to the head lice product being used. I definitely would guide them in the process to follow to eliminate the little creatures.

Now, if the eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days, the whole process must be repeated to ensure all the nits are gone and there are no longer active head lice. That is the biggest mistake parents often make – not repeating the process and thinking they are all taken care of. BIG MISTAKE!

And parents, please don’t worry that you did something wrong that resulted in head lice on your child! Head lice do not distinguish between rich or poor, clean or not – it does not matter to them – they just want a host! (And I hope these head lice pictures didn’t creep you out too much!)

  



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Head Lice – No Longer Reason to Keep Kids Home?

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Head lice report says schools should ditch ‘no nits’ policy!

Head lice are a subject that tends to rear its ugly head about this time of year. A report released yesterday from the American Academy of Pediatrics, suggests children with lice should no longer be kept home from school.  The crutch of the report concludes that keeping children home from school has been ineffective in preventing the spread of head lice.

Most schools have adopted a “no nits” policy which sends children home who have contracted head lice and won’t allow them back to school till they are clear of nits. But, the new report says that by the time scratching is happening, others have already been exposed to the little varmints.

“It’s only a bug on your child, not in your child like the flu or pneumonia,” study author Barbara L. Frankowski, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont in Burlington, says in an email. “Healthy children — which includes children with lice infestation — should be in school learning,” reports WebMd. “We’re stressing still that healthy children should be in school and schools shouldn’t have any policies,” said Barbara Frankowski, an author of the updated guidelines published online in the journal Pediatrics on Monday;

How do kids get head lice?

“Most cases of head lice are community acquired, often at sleep-away programs or parties, and not uncommonly in the summer,” Devore says. Lice can’t hop or fly. Instead, they crawl from head to head. “Totally preventing head lice is probably impossible, if you have a normally active, social child,” Frankowski says. “Head lice are a normal risk of childhood, just like colds and scraped knees.”

Lice are admittedly, nasty little creatures, especially when found on the head of your beloved little ones, but doctors agree they are not a health hazard and they don’t spread any disease.  Also, having head lice is NOT a sign of uncleanliness. I know from experience behind the chair that Mom’s immediately panic with the diagnosis of lice and fear that they are to blame. It’s an irrational fear that is absolutely not true . . . so forget about it . . . head lice are not discerning creatures and can show up on absolutely anyone.

How can you help prevent lice infestation?

The most effective preventative advice when it comes to head lice is to teach your children not to share combs and brushes. Familiarize yourself on what to look for. Look for signs of lice on your children by looking through the hair. Check behind the ears and throughout the hair for signs of live lice. Also look for their eggs, “nits” that are clear in color and are attached to the hair shaft.

To read more about head lice and how to treat head lice, WebMd has this good head lice article.

  



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Head Lice Treatment is a Louse Buster

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New Head Lice Treatment for the new strain of head lice!

Praise the Lord! There is a new head lice treatment on the block that claims to get rid of the little head lice beasts with a treatment that takes between 30 minutes to an hour or so . . .  AND without the need to slather on all sorts of toxic chemicals!  A new head lice treatment device that looks like a cross between a hair dryer and a vacuum is being used at specialty hair salons and homes across the country as a most effective head lice treatment!

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ABC’s Nightline ran this piece last night entitled, “Beware of the Superlice.” It’s a creepy, crawly subject that gives just about everyone a touch of the heebie-jeebies’, especially now with all the little ones heading back-to-school!“New Head Lice Treatment” Superlice refers to the same head lice that have been around forever, only these little buggers, that don’t discriminate, seem to have built up a resistance to the chemical treatments we’ve been using for years. These OTC treatments and antibiotics can take weeks to administer without taking care of the problem. To hear from your school or hairdresser that your child has head lice is pretty devastating news for any parent and has meant countless hours of added work, frustration and lost school time.

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Head Lice TreatmentThe LouseBuster is a machine that blows warm air through an air hose that has a diffuser-like hand piece on the end. “The LouseBuster is particularly effective because it kills louse eggs, which chemical treatments have never done very well,” said Dale Clayton, a University of Utah biologist who led the research and co-invented the machine. “It also kills hatched lice well enough to eliminate entire infestations.”

The machine was tested on 169 infested children with a reported 80% kill rate that prevented remaining lice from breeding. With this head lice treatment virtually all were cured when examined one week later, reported the National Pediculosis Association (NPA).

There are now specialty hair salons and services across the country that are specifically for the purpose of head lice treatment and they are using the LouseBuster as the means for head lice treatment. A service in my area, Ladibugs, is run by two Moms, nurses, who decided the business of head lice treatment via the LouseBuster was a worthy business to get into. They go into homes to do treatments and also help educate parents on what they need to do to rid the home of head lice and their eggs.

The cost of this type of head lice treatment varies but seems to land somewhere between $200. – $500. The higher cost may well be worth it for quick, effective results sans the use of toxic chemicals.One very promising bit of information shared from the makers of the LouseBuster was that head lice cannot live off-scalp for more than 24 hours. So you shouldn’t have the worry about reinfestation from somewhere in your home after this head lice treatment and initial precautions.

The NPA, celebrates its 25th National Head Lice Prevention Campaign for back-to-school 2010 – 2011. Besides backing the LouseBuster, and a cheaper but effective method using the LiceMeister comb, they say parents need to be attentive to checking their children for head lice. Their advice, “Comb out the lice and nits when there are fewer of them and before the task becomes unnecessarily challenging.”

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