Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Parent to Parent: Head Lice
It's a four letter word every parent fears, lice. Many schools across South Florida are screening for head lice right now. 7's Lynn Martinez has what you need to know if you get that call in today's Parent to Parent.
WSVN -- Tova Levine with Magic Lice Removal: "Lice basically are parasites or bugs that live off the human scalp."
They are gross, and they can spread quickly.
Tova Levine: "The eggs they lay on the head, that's the annoying part."
Anyone can fall prey to head lice, especially your child.
Tova Levine: "It's just a fact of life for school age children."
Tova Levine runs Magic Lice Removal, ahead lice removal service.
She says this is their busiest time of year.
Tova Levine: "We're averaging one to three schools a day."
Head lice are passed, person to person, by direct contact or by sharing things like brushes and hats. Tova says typically they are not dangerous, but getting rid of them can be a challenge.
Tova Levine: "The problem are the eggs. They are very difficult to remove from the head. It's either zero percent or 100 percent."
That's why it's important to treat lice right away before it becomes an infestation.
Tova Levine: "There is no shortcut to head lice removal."
Start by separating hair into sections. Look for crawling bugs the size of a sesame seed. Then apply an enzyme based shampoo to kill them.
Tova Levine: "That breaks up the shell of the louse and then we proceed with the combing."
Invest in a good metal comb. Check for eggs near the scalp nape of neck and behind the ears.
Tova Levine: "We go strand by strand until all the eggs on the head are properly removed."
If your child has lice, make sure every member of the family is checked and treated.
Tova says throw stuffed animals and bed linens in the dryer.
Tova Levine: "20 minutes in the dryer, they're dead."
And Tova says assure your kids that having head lice does not mean they are not clean.
Tova Levine: "Having head lice is just a casualty of having friends."
Lice can't jump or fly, and once off the head they die within two days.
So usually after just one treatment your family can be lice free.
Tova Levine: "The whole problem is gone in one day."
Some products require a second treatment after seven to ten days, so it's important to check your child's head often to make sure the problem is gone for good.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Magic Lice Removal:
Tel: (305) 814-7032