Sometimes parenting feels like that icebreaker game Two Truths and a Lie. Did your child really brush her teeth, clean her room, and finish her thank you notes, or did she shove the dirty clothes under the bed when she heard you coming? Finding the right answer is sometimes easy, sometimes tough, and sometimes requires an expert opinion. Luckily for parents in John’s Creek, HBI Lice Removal has your two truths and a lice lie right here.
Truth: Adults Are Unlikely to Spread Lice
Most adults who catch lice catch them from their kids. Kids have a tendency to share lice like they share colds. It isn’t because adults are naturally cleaner than kids (lice don’t discriminate), or even because adults are more vigilant about catching lice outbreaks. Studies suggest that kids get lice more often because they’re more prone to head-to-head contact. Even if a grown-up catches lice, you’re not likely to spread it to your coworkers unless you’re big huggers.
Truth: They’re Small, But Not Invisible
When kids start itching, many parents reach straight for the lice shampoo. But although lice are small, they’re not invisible. Parents can easily check for lice at home. Grab a fine-toothed comb and slowly comb through small sections of your child’s hair. Fully-grow lice are about the size of a sesame seed. You should also see nits glued near the root of the hair. But be careful: dandruff is commonly mistaken for a head lice infestation. If a white fleck is easily picked free, it’s not nits.
Lie: Eliminating Lice Requires Drastic Measures
Before you dive headfirst into a half-baked internet remedy, take a deep breath and listen to the pros. Lice removal isn’t complicated, it’s just time consuming. The best way to get rid of lice is by slowly combing through the hair to remove all lice and nits. The whole process can take several hours, depending on the length of the hair and the number of lice present.
At HBI Lice Removal, we’re certified in the Shepherd Method, a thorough and non-toxic way to nix nits. If your family is suffering a lice outbreak, call HBI Lice Removal to schedule a house call today.