With Summer Around the Corner, LiceDoctors Gives Westchester and Rockland County Parents Advice on What to do if You Find Lice on Your Children
With 20 years experience in the lice treatment field, Wendy Beck, owner of LiceDoctors Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service, knows when to anticipate big jumps in the incidence of head lice. June marks the beginning of lice season, which extends through September, and causes aggravation for many families. LiceDoctors offers parents advice on how to identify, treat, and even prevent lice.
According to Beck, who is known nationally for her expertise on head lice, "The reality is June marks the beginning of what we refer to as 'head lice' season. Some parents assume that because head lice are often identified in the school setting that once the school year ends they are home free until the fall. This is not at all accurate."
Beck identifies some of the reasons why the incidence of head lice climbs in the summer, after school ends. One reason is that children hang around together in an informal way that contributes to head-to-head contact, which is the primary way that head lice are transmitted. In addition, the more free-form schedule of summer allows more downtime for parents and children. It is during this downtime that parents often first observe head lice infestations that may have been percolating on the head for a couple of months without being identified. Third, many children attend summer camp which is a contributor to head lice cases with contact sports and close socializing.
Jodi S. whose White Plains family includes four children between the ages of 2 and 11, says that, "I am smarter this year than last year. June came and I was so relieved that we had made it through the school year with no signs of lice. At a July 4th picnic, my two oldest children were scratching their heads. There was no denying that they had lice. I would not wish this on anyone. I tried for weeks to get rid of them. Since then, I have learned of services that come to the house and do the hard work. I will go that route if we have those bugs again!"
Beck strongly suggests that parents check their children's heads as summer begins. "Give them a clean start for camp if they will be attending one. Summer is the time when the pace is less hectic and parents usually have more time to check their children and to address a problem that will not go away by itself."
Beck suggests that parents take advantage of the warm weather and bright sunlight and check their children outside which will provide them with the best visibility for finding and lice and nits (eggs) in the hair. She also advises parents who attempt to treat cases on their own to be sure to use a good quality lice comb and to comb out eggs when the hair is wet. Beck further emphasizes the importance of hand picking all nits from the hair. If this does not work, it may be time to call in a professional service that will guarantee efficient and complete removal of nits and lice from the hair. Just remember summer is the time to become extra vigilant when it comes to regular head checks of your children.
About LiceDoctors: LiceDoctors uses an all natural, safe protocol that was developed 20 years ago and has been used to eradicate lice and nits on 150,000 clients. LiceDoctors in New York's only lice treatment service with a medical doctor on staff and it has an "A" rating with the BBB. LiceDoctors makes house calls 7 days and nights a week. For an appointment in Westchester and Rockland, call 914-730-6821 or go online to www.licedoctors.com. LiceDoctor also makes house calls in New York in NYC, Long Island, Mid-Hudson Valley, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse. Call 800-224-2537 for an appointment in these areas.