September is National Head Lice Prevention Month

The National Lice Prevention Month Badge.

Head lice infestations can occur at any time of the year. Still, the problem becomes considerably worse when children return to school. Head lice is an irritating problem that is more prevalent than one may expect. Fortunately, there are steps people may take to prevent and treat head lice!

How do you prevent lice in children?

Head lice prevention begins with informing children about lice and the preventative options available to them. Encourage kids to avoid making direct contact with other students and exchanging objects such as combs, brushes, hats, scarves, and towels that have been in someone else's hair. The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) recommend that after bath time and before bed as appropriate times for parents to regularly check their children's hair.

The most frequent sign of head lice is itching. It may take 4-6 weeks for symptoms to appear after initially getting lice, so it is essential to regularly inspect your children and catch lice before they grow. Lice are typically difficult to detect because they avoid light and move rapidly. Nits are lice eggs and significantly smaller than lice and, due to their white/yellow tint, can be

especially difficult to detect on hair that is similarly colored. Nits can sometimes be mistaken for dandruff or hair product residue. The way to differentiate a nit is that it will be firmly attached to the hair whereas dandruff and hair product residue will move or fall off easily.

If your child does have head lice, Licefreee and the CDC have some guidelines for treating them:

  • Before starting any treatment, consult with your child's doctor first.
  • The most effective treatment for head lice is medication.
    1. There are over-the-counter and prescription medication options.
    2. Following the safety instructions on the packaging is essential since they might be harmful if not used appropriately.
  • Using the "comb-out" method following treatment is also necessary.
    1. Wet hair
    2. Comb through the hair in small sections with a fine-tooth comb.
    3. After each comb-through, examine the comb with a moist paper towel.
  • Depending on the medication, you may need to repeat the therapy 7-10 days later.
  • Make sure to remove any remaining head lice.
    1. If the child's clothes, towels, caps, bed linens, and stuffed animals were used within 2 days before head lice treatment, wash them in hot water and dry them on high heat.
    2. Items that cannot be washed can be dry cleaned or stored in a plastic bag for up to two weeks to kill the lice.
    3. Combs and brushes should be soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
    4. Vacuum the carpet and furnishings.

If you are worried about the consequences of pesticide and chemical-based treatments, the NPA has advocated for a safer alternative since it was founded in 1983 as a nonprofit research and education organization. They've kept the drumbeat going, informing and preparing each new generation of parents who, armed with proper knowledge, will not feel helpless or scared about head lice.

Combs like the Licefreee NitDuo comb, which has been registered with the FDA as a medical device, have transformed best practices, making it realistic and practical for parents to properly screen, identify, and remove head lice and nits at home. The NPA recommends that parents inspect their children's hair after bathing and before going to bed. Combing has several health and wellness advantages. The National Parenting Association is confident that parents can and will CombFirst!

The most often used treatments for head lice are chemical-based over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. These medicines are available in the form of shampoos, rinses, creams, lotions, oils, and sprays. Unfortunately, the majority of them include pesticides.

We've all heard that pesticides are harmful to your health in general. Those treatments usually need many retreatments before showing any results. If the medication is not reapplied as directed, any remaining lice will rapidly spread again.

Licefreee products may be the ideal alternative for people looking for a safe, effective, and non-toxic solution to treat lice and nits on your child's head. Since 1999, Licefreee has been the best-selling non-toxic head lice treatment brand in the United States. We manufacture high-quality fine-toothed combs, which are the most effective approach to eliminating head lice at all phases of their life cycle. Furthermore, Licefreee produces an anti-lice spray that kills head lice on furniture and other items in your home.

We want to assist you in resolving all of your lice issues and becoming lice-free forever!


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