Lice Tips For School Breaks

School breaks—summer, winter, and spring—are peak lice times as kids spend more unstructured time together. Demand spikes every break because kids go back to school with head lice.

Here are some tips for head lice prevention and treatment to keep lice out of families or to get them out of the house as quickly as possible.

The first recommendation is to get a professional lice screening before a child returns to school. Head lice can be very difficult to correctly diagnose, and parents often mistake dandruff for head lice or think actual head lice are dandruff.

Our clinics offer a professional screening for $25, which is waived if live lice are found and treatment is scheduled.

We also offer a complete line of lice prevention products that are guaranteed to be effective when used properly. All are completely nontoxic and offer a good way to prevent head lice during school breaks. Preventive products include shampoos, conditioners, and sprays that can be used daily or when exposure to head lice is likely.

It is also important to be educated about head lice to avoid unnecessary risk. For example, head lice spread mainly through head-to-head contact—they don’t jump or fly but they can scramble from one head to another in a matter of seconds.

Parents can reduce exposure to head lice infestations by keeping children’s hair short or pulled tight and by checking for head lice after high contact situations like sleepovers or shared vacation rooms. Early detection can make treatment easier and ensure that head lice don’t spread to other family members.

There is good news for parents that are confronted with lice—with Lice Clinics of America, they can be lice-free in an hour.

Our two clinics are the exclusive regional providers of head lice treatment using the FDA-cleared AirAllé® medical device. Developed by researchers at the University of Utah, AirAllé kills lice and eggs through dehydration using carefully controlled heated air. In clinical trials it killed live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs. Treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.

Traditional lice treatments require multiple applications and tedious nitpicking to remove eggs. Lice have developed resistance to the pesticides the traditional products use, and it is not uncommon for families to struggle with head lice for weeks or months at a time.

With 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. AirAllé has treated more than 500,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.