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Are Selfies Really to Blame for the Upswing of Head Lice?

Seattle, WA, February 27, 2014 --( In recent days, there have been reports about selfies causing an upswing in head lice among pre-teens and teenagers. But can we really put the blame on a quick cell-phone photo?

"We don't believe that selfies are the cause of more head lice cases in teenagers," said Nancy Gordon, co-founder of the National Association of Lice Treatment Professionals (NALTP) and owner of Lice Knowing You. "Many cases of teen lice are caused from having younger siblings in the home with lice. These teens then see their friends - they greet each other with hugs, share hair accessories and clothes and, many times, don’t wear their long hair in pony tails.”

In addition, Penny Warner co-founder of the NALTP and CEO of the Lice Place says, that once lice is detected, girls tend to not to discuss the issue with their friends because they fear it will be “social suicide.”

“Bottom line, lice do not discriminate,” said Gordon. “While we have seen more teenagers in our clinics over the past 3-4 years – lice is not a new phenomenon – kids of all ages get it and will continue to get it unless parents take preventative measures.”

While lice is spread through prolonged head to head contact, co-founders of the NALTP Gordon, Warner and Amy Graff, owner of Lousecalls, encourage parents to never let children share hair accessories, hats, helmets, sweatshirts, etc. Children should not hang coats or backpacks next to each other or place them in piles. If possible, have children wear long hair in braids or ponytails and boys should keep their hair short. In addition, parents should use prevention products and check their children, weekly, for head lice.

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The National Association of Lice Treatment Professionals is the only organization committed to experience, excellence and ethics in the head lice removal industry. The association provides guidelines and standards for head lice removal companies across the world. The NLATP standards and guidelines provide protection to the public and continuity surrounding the practice of lice removal professionals within the head lice removal industry.
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Nancy Gordon - 206. 910.7089
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