Just the other day, I ran into a friend at the grocery store and she said that one of her younger children recently had lice. Then she mentioned that she caught it early and quickly treated the whole family. I hear that more than I would like to. Treatment is only necessary for the person that has evidence of lice. We do not recommend treating anyone who has no evidence of lice – especially with the more toxic over the counter treatments. HBI Lice Removal is happy to help you distinguish who has lice and who doesn’t. We do not treat anyone who does not have any evidence of head lice. What we look for as evidence are eggs or nits, or any live bugs. If we don’t find any of those things, we don’t recommend treatment. Lice can be a stressful thing to deal with, and that is why we work to educate our clients. The more you know about lice and how to deal with it, the less overwhelming it will be when faced with it.
When it comes to getting lice, people often worry about sharing hats and brushes. There is a small chance of catching lice from those items, but studies have shown that 95% of cases are spread through head to head contact. Lice need to feed on human blood often to survive, and they use our body temperature to stay warm. They will not voluntarily leave a nice warm tasty human head in order to go and live on a brush or a hat or a couch. If hair that they are clinging to comes off onto a hat or brush, then they are in trouble. They will gladly go to the next head if the opportunity arises, but if it takes more than 24 hours, it is most likely too late for them. They cannot survive very long off our heads. Lice travel from head to head crawling on the strands of hair that are in contact. Kids sitting next to each other on the bus or the couch or smiling head to head for a picture are at risk. We can’t expect kids to always keep their hair away from their friend’s hair. There are a few things that can be done to prevent lice from spreading. Wearing hair up in braids or a bun and using a lice deterrent spray (see below post) are helpful ways to keep hair safe from lice. Catching it early is also helpful. Checking your child’s hair for lice on a weekly basis can save you time, money, and many headaches. Getting rid of a louse or two that have not had time to lay many eggs is not that hard. Once the babies hatch and grow and multiply, it becomes a lot more work. If you need help with a lice outbreak, HBI Lice Removal is happy to assist you.