American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Head Lice Guidance

American Academy of Pediatricians Updates Head Lice Guidance

 

In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’s 2010 report.  The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head lice.

“Head lice infestation is associated with limited morbidity but causes a high level of anxiety among parents of school-aged children,” the report says. “Since the 2010 clinical report on head lice was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, newer medications have been approved for the treatment of head lice. This revised clinical report clarifies current diagnosis and treatment protocols and provides guidance for the management of children with head lice in the school setting.”

The AAP recognizes that head lice in the United States have developed resistance to the most popular over-the-counter lice products (pediculicides). As a by-product of this resistance, some parents have over-applied the medications, hoping that using more of the products would make them more successful. The AAP warns against this, saying, “the potential for misdiagnosis and the resulting improper use of pediculicides and the emergence of resistance to both available and newer products, many without proof of efficacy or safety, call for increased physician involvement in the diagnosis and treatment.”

“The prevalence of resistance has not been systematically studied but seems to be highly variable from community to community and country to country.” In fact, the most recent study released shows 100 percent of lice in 42 states are resistant to the active ingredients in over-the-counter lice products.

“The ideal treatment of lice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, readily available without a prescription, easy to use, effective, and inexpensive,” the report says.  The article notes that the overall spending on lice treatment has risen to nearly $1 billion annually, with as many as 12 million children contracting head lice each year.

AAP lists the AirAllé® as effective lice treatment device

For the first time, the AAP lists the AirAllé® medical device as an effective lice treatment device. “The AirAllé® (Larada Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT) device is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice. One study showed that subjects had nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice.”

The AirAllé® device is the only treatment option listed in the AAP report that uses heated air. A clinical trial showed that the FDA-cleared medical device killed live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs. It uses nothing but heated air, carefully controlled and applied, to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are no chemicals involved and no nitpicking is required.

Lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers, where certified staff use the device to remove live lice and eggs. The process takes from 30-90 minutes, depending on the extent of the infestation and the length of the hair. Most clinics guarantee success as long as all household members are checked for head lice prior to treatment.

Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. Some 180 clinics have opened in the United States to date with approximately 300 clinics worldwide.

Lice Clinics of America – Huntington Beach

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Back to School – Keep Huntington Beach Lice Free

If you have a child(ren) headed back to school soon in Huntington Beach, CA, you will want to add ‘check my child’s head’ to your back to school to-do list. Having your child’s head checked by a trained professional for head lice before they go back to school will save you time and money.

Lice Clinics of America in Huntington Beach recommends getting your child’s head checked for lice by a trained professional a couple weeks before school starts because children are the ones most susceptible to getting lice in the first place. Back to school means your child(ren) will be amongst a lot more children and more often than during the summer. It is these close encounters that make spreading lice a lot easier, as 97% of head lice cases are spread by head to head contact. Additionally, according to the FDA 6 to 12 million children in the US are infested with head lice each year. Make sure your child(ren) isn’t a part of these itchy statistics.

If your child does test positive for lice you will have enough time to effectively get rid of the lice before school even starts with our 3-step process, including our exclusive warm air technology which is 99%+ effective in killing both lice and their eggs. We would hate for you to waste your time and money on systems that don’t work. Traditional drug store products no longer work because Super Lice have adapted and are pesticide resistant. We have performed over 200,000 treatments with less than a 1% re-treatment rate–our system works.

Before your child(ren) starts school this fall in Huntington Beach, do yourself, your child(ren), and other classmates a favor to get their head checked for lice. It will put your mind at ease if they don’t have it and you, as well as, everyone else around you will be extremely thankful if you did catch the head lice in time!

 

mom performing at home treatment

Winter Lice Prevention in Southern California

Helpful Tips for Preventing a Winter Lice Infestation

January is the month when kids go back to school and day care after the Holiday Vacation.  This time usually coincides with another lice outbreak in Huntington Beach and surrounding areas.  During the holiday season, there is additional close contact with family members, near and far, which is an easy way to exchange lice.

Lice do not jump.  Lice will not jump from the hair onto a coat or hat and jump on the next wear’s head.  However, they will crawl from head to head during a close hug or selfie.

Lice can’t survive without two things: 1) warmth from the human body and 2) human blood to feed on.  Yucky, but true!

What can you do to prevent a case of winter lice?  Here are a few recommendations.

  • Tell your kids not to wear other people’s hats and hair accessories.
  • Check your kid’s heads for lice once a week for the first month or so, after school starts.
  • Use lice prevention products.  Lice Clinics of America Huntington Beach has a full line of lice prevention products, including shampoo, conditioner and spray.  The products attack the louse’s “olfactory” nerves.  In other words, lice can’t stand the smell!  The shampoo will smell pleasant to you and your child, but not to lice.  Since lice move to new host primarily through head-to-head contact, they will avoid a head that smell like this shampoo. 
  • Talk to your friends and relatives.  Silence about head lice is one of the critter’s best friends.  People tend not to talk about lice because of their unearned connection to poor hygiene.  Don’t let that stop you!  Tell your friends and relatives what you’re doing to prevent lice infestations and encourage them to do the same.  Anyone who has dealt with lice in the past will appreciate it!        

If your kids do get lice, keep calm.  Our treatment makes it really easy to get rid of the lice and eggs.  Lice Clinics of America Huntington Beach uses an exclusive FDA-cleared medical device that is clinically proven to kill live lice and over 99% of eggs in just over an hour.  Your child will leave the clinic lice and nit free without any follow-up appointments.  One and done!

Let Lice Clinics of America Huntington Beach be your lice resource center!  Call 714 655-4747 for an appointment.