Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina Warn Families to be on Lookout for Head Lice After the Holiday Season
LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service is seeing a lot of cases of head lice in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and the number is predicted to increase post-holiday season. Owner, Karen Sokoloff, reports that close family contact allows the spread of head lice as lice move from head to head. She cautions families to be on the look-out and offers lice prevention tips.
Parents in the Charlotte area are understandably concerned about their children contracting a case of lice. Laura, a mom from Charlotte explains, "We found lice on our kids last January immediately upon returning home from a family get-together. Turns out my niece was infested an my kids picked it up. I fear that my kids will get another case this holiday season." Some school districts around Charlotte have loosened their criteria for admission to schools, now allowing students into school with nits as long as the student is being treated at home. This policy is in accordance with the recommendations of the Academy of Pediatrics that students with nits should be allowed to remain in school.
Reasons for Increase in Head Lice Incidence
Karen Sokoloff, owner of LiceDoctors, explains that one reason that they are seeing an increase in incidence is that there is a growing resistance among lice to the chemical treatments. "Often parents think that after treatment with pesticides, their kids are free of lice, but if nits are left in the hair and there is no effective follow-up plan then the case will start up again. Unless you are trained in lice identification and removal, it is very difficult to find all of the nits."
The most effective way to identify nits is to bring the child to a bright spot, either by a window, outside, or where there is a bright lamp. The light reflects against the translucent shell which makes it easier to find them. It is important to note that if a child has lice, in order to eliminate a case, every nit must be removed. Once all of the nits are gone, then the child is completely lice-free.
Tips for Lice Prevention
While there is no way to guarantee that you can prevent head lice, there are some ways to discourage the transmission of head lice according to Sokoloff. "We recommend for lice prevention that girls wear their up in a bun or braid. This makes it more difficult for bugs to get into the hair. In addition, using a lice repellent spray or gel, mousse puts a protective layer over the hair making it harder for lice to get into the hair. Since the holidays means families being in close contact, we do recommend that parents check their children on regular basis so that if the kids do pick up a case, parents can detect it early."
Benefits of A Professional Service
It is important to use a lice treatment service that has treated a lot of clients. Experience matters with lice detection as lice eggs camouflage in the hair. An experienced technician can offer emotional support that parents and children often need during a lice infestation. Sokoloff says that, "LiceDoctor technicians understand how stressful a lice case can be in a family. They have been intensively trained to help allay fears which is a great support to stressed-out parents and children. We have treated over 125,000 clients over the years. We use an all natural treatment protocol developed 20 years ago by Dr. Stephen Beck, our on-staff medical doctor. LiceDoctors is the only lice removal service in North Carolina with a medical doctor on staff."
In the Charlotte area, LiceDoctors makes house calls to families in Belmont, Concord, Dallas, Davidson, Gastonia, Harrisburg, Indian Trail, Kannapolis, Lowell, McAdenville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Monroe, Mooresville, Mount Holly, Pineville, Statesville, Waxhaw, Weddington, Wesley Chapel, and many more. The company also treats families in towns in nearby South Carolina including Clover, Fort Mill, Lake Wylie, Rock Hill, Tega Cay, York, and more.
For further information on LiceDoctors in the Charlotte area call 980-236-9416 or go to www.licedoctors.com. In North Carolina, the company also makes house calls to families in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, as well as to Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. LiceDoctors offers same day service and a full guarantee and carries the Better Business Bureau seal of approval. Some insurance companies cover treatment and treatment also usually qualify for Flexible Spending Accounts.