American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Head Lice Guidance

American Academy of Pediatricians Updates Head Lice Guidance

 

In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’s 2010 report.  The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head lice.

“Head lice infestation is associated with limited morbidity but causes a high level of anxiety among parents of school-aged children,” the report says. “Since the 2010 clinical report on head lice was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, newer medications have been approved for the treatment of head lice. This revised clinical report clarifies current diagnosis and treatment protocols and provides guidance for the management of children with head lice in the school setting.”

The AAP recognizes that head lice in the United States have developed resistance to the most popular over-the-counter lice products (pediculicides). As a by-product of this resistance, some parents have over-applied the medications, hoping that using more of the products would make them more successful. The AAP warns against this, saying, “the potential for misdiagnosis and the resulting improper use of pediculicides and the emergence of resistance to both available and newer products, many without proof of efficacy or safety, call for increased physician involvement in the diagnosis and treatment.”

“The prevalence of resistance has not been systematically studied but seems to be highly variable from community to community and country to country.” In fact, the most recent study released shows 100 percent of lice in 42 states are resistant to the active ingredients in over-the-counter lice products.

“The ideal treatment of lice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, readily available without a prescription, easy to use, effective, and inexpensive,” the report says.  The article notes that the overall spending on lice treatment has risen to nearly $1 billion annually, with as many as 12 million children contracting head lice each year.

AAP lists the AirAllé® as effective lice treatment device

For the first time, the AAP lists the AirAllé® medical device as an effective lice treatment device. “The AirAllé® (Larada Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT) device is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice. One study showed that subjects had nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice.”

The AirAllé® device is the only treatment option listed in the AAP report that uses heated air. A clinical trial showed that the FDA-cleared medical device killed live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs. It uses nothing but heated air, carefully controlled and applied, to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are no chemicals involved and no nitpicking is required.

Lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers, where certified staff use the device to remove live lice and eggs. The process takes from 30-90 minutes, depending on the extent of the infestation and the length of the hair. Most clinics guarantee success as long as all household members are checked for head lice prior to treatment.

Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. Some 180 clinics have opened in the United States to date with approximately 300 clinics worldwide.

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To learn more or to find a clinic near you, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.

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Treating Lice With Coconut Oil

Over-the-counter treatments are no good and our AirAllé® treatment is the best lice treatment on the market. Coconut oil is somewhere in between. When combined with anise spray, it works about 41% of the time, according to a clinical study. OTC treatments are successful about 23 percent of the time. Our AirAllé treatment is successful 99.9 percent of the time and we’ll re-treat you for free within 30 days if there are any problems.

Many studies have proved that super lice have led to a decline in the effectiveness of store-bought lice treatments, especially in the last few years. Over time, head lice have built up an immunity to chemicals that used to easily kill lice. They can stay alive while drenched in chemicals for a long period of time. This makes lice treatment more frustrating than in past years.

Coconut Oil Compared To Other Home Remedies

Coconut oil works in a similar way to mayonnaise or tea tree oil but is safer. Coconut oil must be combined with anise oil in order to be successful at all, which makes it more effective than other home remedies. Mayonnaise and tea tree oil can be harmful. Coconut oil is actually good for you and provides many beneficial nutrients. It’s good for your hair, skin and scalp.

Coconut oil mixed with anise oil may be much more effective than OTC lice treatments such and Rid or Nix, but it is still not comparable to our AirAllé lice treatment. Theirs is no replacement for that.

Coconut oil may seem like the less expensive option, but if it doesn’t wind up working, you’re going to have to come to us anyways, which is often the case for the patients we treat. Don’t waste your time using something that MIGHT work. Instead, come into our clinic for a treatment that DOES work, performed by some experts.

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Positive Discipline Starts With The Parents- Part 2

In our last blog post, we gave our first three steps to practicing positive discipline. In this post, we explore four more ways to discipline children effectively.

1. Give Attention To Good Behavior, Not Bad Behavior

Children often act out to get attention. Sometimes, it pays to ignore your child when he/she acts out. Ignore the behaviors you don’t want to see more of and give attention to the behaviors you want them to display more often. Katharine C. Kersey, the author of “The 101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline,” calls this the “Rain on the grass, not on the weeds” principle. In the midst of tantrums or whining, play deaf or walk away and your child will soon learn that those behaviors don’t catch your attention. This is a way to practice positive discipline and teach your children to communicate better.

2. Redirect

Instead of trying to stop bad behavior, try redirecting your child’s attention to good behavior. Kids who constantly hear “no” or “don’t” tend to eventually tune those directives out. So instead of telling your child what not to do, Kersey recommends instead, offering a positive behavior to replace the misbehavior. For instance, a child acting up in a grocery store could be redirected to helping pick out grocery items. A child running around a swimming pool might be challenged to walk “as if on marshmallows.” Be creative with your children.

3. Exploit the “energy drain”

Any parent who has dealt with a tantrum or a whining child knows that parenting can be exhausting. Fay calls this the “energy drain” and says you can use it to your advantage. For instance, you might defuse a sibling confrontation by saying, “wow, you need to take that fight with your brother somewhere else, because listening to that could cause me a big energy drain and I don’t think I’ll have the energy to take you to get dessert after dinner.” What will your child care more about, getting ice cream after dinner or fighting with their sibling?

4. Stay Away From Bribing

Sometimes bribing seems like the easiest option in a moment of desperation, but is not the best long-term solution for your children. Fay warns that bribing sends the wrong message. What kids hear when we offer a reward for good behavior is “you don’t want to be very good and you have to be paid off,” says Fay.

The most important rearward to give your child is quality time. That should be freely given. Children need us and they need our undivided attention at times. Fay recommends spending AT LEAST 15 minutes of one-on-one time with your children a day. It’s very important for children to know they are loved and to hear it often. Love is the best medicine.

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Positive Discipline Starts with The Parents- Part 1

Some parents are lucky enough to have angel children who never misbehave but the majority of us have to sometimes put up with thrown toys, screams and slammed doors in our faces. The way we handle these situations, behave ourselves and discipline our children really matters. Here are some tips that we’ve gathered from a few experts.

Understand The Meaning Behind The Behavior

As parents, it’s our job to be selfless and to be cognitive of what’s going on with our children. Taking the time to really know our children gives us the opportunity to understand why they are acting certain ways. Naomi Aldort, the author of “Raising our Children, Raising Ourselves,” says that children are born wanting to behave well. If they seem to miss the mark, there’s a valid reason for it. “The most important [thing] is to realize that whatever a child does, we may label as bad, [but really] the child is doing the best he can. It’s our job as parents to find out why [he is] doing it,” says Aldort. “Once we know the valid root of the behavior, we can easily remove the cause or heal the emotions, and the child won’t be driven to behave in that way anymore.”

Ask yourself if your child is acting out for a certain reason. Have they been getting enough attention? Are they acting out to be noticed? Is there a certain correction you can make to your own behavior that might positively affect your child? “A lot of what we expect of children is unreasonable,” says Aldort.

Be Willing To Adjust Your Own Behavior

Our children pick up on our behaviors. It’s often hard to keep calm in the heat pf the moment but how we react to situations is often how our children will grow up to react to situations. Dr. Katharine Kersey, author of “The 101s: A Guide To Positive Discipline,” says that parents need to model the types of behavior they want their kids to emulate. Leading by example is very powerful. ” We should not do anything in front of [our children] that we don’t want them to do,” she says.

Be Consistent

Consistency is everything in parenting. Being consistency is very healthy for our children. Aldort says that parents often overlook certain behaviors and hope it will pass. That is a lazy perspective. It will not pass. If your child bites another child, for instance, hold their hand and them their behavior was unacceptable. If they continue, it’s time to remove them from the situation and handle it.

Sometimes a child might try to test the limits by arguing with the rules. When this happens, Fay suggests neutralizing negotiations by repeating one simple mantra as often as necessary: “I love you too much to argue.”

Let’s all strive to understand our children, exemplify positive behavior and be consistent in with our parenting styles and discipline patterns. Stay tuned for part 2 with even more advice on utilizing positive discipline in the home.

Tomball

New Location In Tomball, Texas

Tomball In A Nutshell

Are you a native of Tomball? Tomball is a city in Harris County in the state of Texas and is part of the Houston metropolitan area. With an estimated population of 10,753, Tomball is a suburb of Houston and it’s a wonderful small town to raise a family. Many families reside in the Tomball area. If you are a parent of young children, you may have to deal with head lice in the near future. That’s where we come in. We are experts of head lice and we now offer safe and effective lice treatment at our new clinic in Tomball, Texas to make it even more convenient for our wonderful Tomball neighbors. Our original location is in College Station and we continue to operate both locations.

Our AirAllé® Lice Treatment

We hope there is not a head lice outbreak at your child’s school anytime soon but if there is, there’s a big chance your son or daughter will come home with lice so it’s important to be prepared. We encourage parents to know a little bit about head lice, such as how it spreads and how to treat it. We offer treatments using our revolutionary and guaranteed lice treatment with our Airalle device. It was invented at the University of Utah and uses controlled, heated air in a pattern to dehydrate head lice and eggs, even when you can’t see them. It will work no matter how resistant lice become to chemicals and pesticides because we don’t use any! That means it’s not only effective but also safe! Don’t use drugstore lice shampoos because they simply don’t work. Parents love our treatment because it’s one and done with no follow-up appointments necessary. It’s safe, fast and effective. Give us a call today for a head check and possible treatment!

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Super Lice: Not So Super

Super Lice

No matter what, head lice are a nuisance and they always have been. We’re lucky we live in a day with so much technology and so many resources. We don’t have to carve lice combs out of stones like people in ancient times but now parents have to deal with an even stronger and trickier strain of head lice. They act and look the same but are resistant to treatments that used to easily kill them.

Super lice are now in 48 states in the U.S, according to head lice research from the last few years. This has brought the efficacy rate of over-the-counter treatments from 96 percent to 28 percent. Parents are realizing more and more just how valuable our AirAllé treatment is because it’s a one and done, safe and effective treatment, which isn’t easy to come by these days. It’s worth the price and makes lice treatment easier than ever for you. If your family is affected by lice in the future, we know we can be the best resource and treatment in town for you.

Super Lice

Super lice got their name from the media in 2015 when public research showed that strains of head lice had developed a resistance to pesticides and chemicals that are in drugstore head lice treatments. Lice have mutated and evolved over the years to become stronger and resistant. Scientists found that lice have become resistant to many medical lice treatments as well. Doctors often recommend Lice Clinics of America because of our success rate. The bad news is any lice treatment you buy at the store or home remedy you find in your kitchen probably will not work. The good news is, our treatment will work no matter what. It works for regular lice, super lice and whatever the future hold for lice. It uses warm, controlled air to dehydrate lice and their eggs.

12 Things To Teach Your Children In Their Younger Years

As parents, we do our best to teach our children about the world and about life. Certain life skills are useful throughout life. Here are 12 things that your children will someday be very grateful that you taught them.

  1. To Be Active

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Expose your children to a healthy lifestyle early on that will lead them to love being outdoors and being on their feet. Teaching good, active habits will assure they don’t turn into a couch potato (hopefully). Teach them that they want to take care of themselves to live a long, healthy and happy life.

  1. Dental Hygiene

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Did you know that daily flossing can add 6 years to your life? Dental hygiene is extremely important. Get them in the habit NOW. Don’t assume they’ll one day make a habit of it if they don’t start now.

  1. To Face Their Fears

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Life is not always a picnic. Sometimes we have to do scary things. Teach your children to take on challenges and have the confidence to face their fears. Being afraid of life is lonely and filled with anxiety.

  1. To Be A Reader

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There is nothing better for the brain than reading. It is such a valuable skill to have. Always teach your kids to be readers and to have an imagination. Read to them and tell them stories.

  1. How To Have Fun

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Life should be enjoyed. Teach your kids that it doesn’t have to be serious business all the time. Teach them to live, laugh and love and to have a good time doing it. Hard work is of course, important but kids should know that happy memories are crucial as well.

  1. To Move On

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Teach them not to dwell on things, not to sweat the small stuff and to learn to eventually move on from hard things or mistakes or things that haunt them. This is never an easy task but dwelling on things can destroy people.

  1. How To Cook

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You either had someone in your life who taught you how to cook and you’re eternally grateful or you wish you had someone who did that for you because ramen gets old after a while and you’re sick of burning meals or over seasoning. Be the parent your child can be grateful to.

  1. Internet Safety
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safety first concept with blue key on computer keyboard

The internet can be a scary thing for parents. Teach your kids not to accept a friend request from the creepy guy you don’t know or to accept a chat from someone claiming to be someone who goes to their school. Teach them to only use the internet for good.

  1. Hard Work

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Teach them to be a hard worker. Spoiling them constantly and never making them work for anything will be a disservice to them.

  1. To Be Themselves

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Living a life trying to be someone else is exhausting. What makes this world such a beautiful place is that we are unique and have different things to offer. Teach them to embrace that.

  1. To Stand Up For Themselves

Stand Up For Yourself words on a sign held by a single man or person in a crowd to illustrate being a rebel or going on strike to protect your rights and justice

This can be hard at times but it would be heartbreaking if people walked all over your kids their entire lives. Teach them for not only stand for something but to also stand up for themselves and believe in themselves.

  1. To Be A Friend

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Teach them to be selfless and to be the kind of person people want to be around. Friendships are special and we want our children to create meaningful relationships.

Someday your children will be so grateful for the things you taught them. Then they will use what they learned to teach their own children someday and the cycle will continue. Spread goodness. Happy Parenting!

 

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Head Lice Or Dandruff?

It’s actually quite common to mistake head lice for dandruff or vice versa. They look similar and the average person probably hasn’t seen lice before. There are some distinct differences and once you know them, you’ll be bale to tell the difference.

Location Of Head Lice Eggs

Let’s start with the location of nits (lice eggs). Lice lay eggs about a quarter on an inch from the scalp because they need the warmth of the body to incubate and survive. They also need to be close to the scalp to get their blood supply (That’s their breakfast, lunch and dinner). They survive by sucking blood from your head (yuck). So an egg found at that area would be a definite clue that there’s a lice infestation. If it’s farther away from the scalp, it might be a dead egg or empty nit, or possibly dandruff.

Dandruff can shake right out of your hair but lice eggs don’t budge. Lice eggs secrete a glue-like substance and they will not move if you shake your hair or run your fingers through your hair. Nits (lice eggs) must be individually pulled off with your nails or a lice comb.

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common form of skin eczema, also called Seborrheic dermatitis. Dandruff can be caused by too much oil on the scalp, which dries and turns into flakes. It is only considered dandruff if it’s on the human scalp. It usually appears as large white yellow flakes. Dandruff might be associated with an irritated head.

Neither dandruff nor head lice present any serious health risks. Lice don’t spread disease, and dandruff can be easily treated with medicated shampoo.

If you discover that it is head lice, give us a call for a lice treatment appointment. If you’re not sure, we can give you a head check!

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Kid-Friendly Summer Activities in College Station, Texas

Summer is an exciting time for kids because they get to do fun things, stay up late, sleep in late and have a stress-free few months of fun in the sun. Here are 7 fun summer activities around College Station, Texas

  1. Beautiful Lake Bryan Park

Lakes are a popular location during summer and Lake Bryan Park offers fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming or camping. Have a boat? Take it out for some water skiing, wakeboarding or inner tubing. The nearby Lakeside Icehouse offers food, drinks, and live music. How fun does that sound? Make sure you stick around for the beautiful sunset, you’ll have a perfect view.

  1. Summer Reading Program At The Library

We can get our children reading with us at the Bryan+College Station Public Library summer reading program. It’s for kids and adults. The library system offers book clubs, computer classes, and other events during the summer. If you or your kids are book worms, this might be fun.

  1. First Friday in Downtown Bryan

Come down to Downtown Bryan on the first Friday of every month for some entertainment. Watch fun street performers, enjoy live music and get some grub. There are food trucks and sit down restaurants to enjoy while watching the performances. It provides a wonderful atmosphere on a summer evening.

  1. Local Theaters

Some days in Texas are just too hot to be outside. That’s when an air-conditioned theater sounds pretty good. Whether you go to a movie theater or a live theater, it might be a relaxing way to cool off and entertain the kids. Stage Center is Brazos Valley’s oldest full-range theater and The Theater Company of Bryan-College Station offers musicals. If you love theater, this can be a good way to share your passion with your children.

  1. Grand Station Entertainment

Grand Station Entertainment is a fun-filled family center with bowling, laser tag, and mini golf. All fun activities for families. They also have a banquet room for birthday parties and a food court with tasty dining options. You could spend all day in this air-conditioned fun zone.

  1. Jumping World Trampoline Park

What kid wouldn’t love a warehouse full of trampolines? Kids love this place and it’s a great way to reward your kids for good grades during the school year. It’s great exercise as well. This is a fun way to be active and laugh with friends. https://www.experiencebcs.com/listing/jumping-world-trampoline-park/1861/

  1. Escape Room BCS

One of the fun attractions at Aggieland is an escape room. This is a fun activity where your group placed in a room and have to use clues to figure out how to escape. You’ve got to work fast to beat the record time. Everyone should try one of these at least once. It’s a lot of fun.

No matter what you do this summer, we hope you get some good bonding with your children this summer and have a safe and memorable summer break.

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We Treat Head Lice! What Are The Other Types Of Lice?

Head Lice

Head lice are quite common among young children and at our clinic, we offer the best possible treatment for them. Our treatment is fast, 100% safe and effective. Getting head lice means either coming in direct contact with someone who has head lice or using someone’s comb, brush or hair accessory. Parents often panic when their child gets lice but a little bit if education about it can make all the difference when faced with it. Direct head-to-head contact is the most common way to get head lice from someone. The formal name for them is Pediculus humanus capitas, but most people just relate to it as head lice. Personal hygiene or cleanliness has nothing to do with contracting head lice. They feed on human blood several times a day from the scalp and they live in the hair, very close to the scalp. They aren’t harmful and don’t carry diseases. However, they are a huge nuisance and you’ll want to get them treated as soon as possible. Head lice are the most common type of lice and the one your child might come home from school with. You’ve gotta watch out for head lice if you have elementary-aged children. But, what are the other types of lice?

Body Lice

Unlike head lice, body lice can spread disease (yikes!) Their formal name is Pediculus humanus corporis. They reside on the body and are actually more common among people who have bad hygiene and don’t wash and change their clothes on a regular basis. They might come about during camp when a person roughs it for a few weeks and doesn’t take showers. These type of lice are directly related to uncleanliness. This type is not as common but it can definitely happen to someone who doesn’t take care of themselves. They are spread through person-to-person contact. These type of lice can be dangerous and cause more problems.

Improved hygiene and access to regular changes of clean clothes is the only treatment needed for body lice infestations. This one can be controlled and taken care of so, please, for the sake of yucky body lice, stay clean!

Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, or Pthirus Pubis, are found attached to hair in the pubic area, but can occasionally be found on coarse hair on other parts of the body such as eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, mustaches, chest or armpits.
Pubic lice infestations are usually spread through sexual contact. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of pubic lice infestations.
Although we only treat head lice, we wanted you to be a tad familiar with the other types of lice as well. Every type of lice can be treated but we treat head lice only. We are experts and keep up with the research and news on lice. We treat regular head lice as well as super lice, which is on the rise in America. Our treatments work effectively no matter what. We hope you never have to deal with any types of lice but if you have head lice in your future, give us a call to make an appointment. We’ll give head checks to your family and talk about the best treatment option for you. We are your neighbor in lice treatment and we’ll make the process easy and fun.