07 Apr Head Lice Etiquette: Tackling the Questions You’re Afraid to Ask
It continues to surprise us that in a world of advanced thinking and technology, people remain terrified of head lice. Unlike mosquitoes or body lice, head lice do not carry disease and are not harmful to human health. We agree, they’re a major nuisance, but they are 100% treatable with the right products.
Because head lice still carry a stigma, many people are afraid to ask questions. Here at My Hair Helpers, we want you to ask questions! We love providing education to our families and dispelling the myths about head lice. The more people know about these pests, the better we can treat them and keep them out of our communities!
Below are all the questions you’ve been afraid to ask about head lice.
Q: My child has head lice. Do I have to tell anyone?
A: Don’t be embarrassed! Head lice are very common and have nothing to do with being clean or dirty. However, you should let others know so that they can keep a watchful eye on their own children. Lice are much easier to treat when you catch them early.
At the very least, we recommend telling your child’s school nurse and pediatrician. It’s also smart to inform your child’s close friends and others who have been in close contact. Again, the purpose is not to alarm anyone, but rather to encourage them to monitor their own children for lice.
Q: Lice have been in our home and now my head is itching. What should I do?
A: As adults, it’s much easier to prevent the spread of lice by not sharing personal grooming items and not engaging in head-to-head contact. If your head continues to itch, schedule an appointment with a professional nit picker for a diagnosis. Or, use an effective nit removal comb to independently screen yourself.
If you don’t find a louse, there could be other causes for the itchiness, such as scalp irritation. If you continue scratching, schedule an appointment with your doctor. You don’t have to tell your coworkers anything, as this can cause unnecessary panic.
Q: I just treated my child with an over-the-counter head lice product. Does this mean they’re cured?
A: Unfortunately, many of the products sold in stores are no longer effective. Lice are growing resistant to these solutions, and they give people a false sense of security. Not to mention, many of these products contain harsh ingredients that can be hazardous to a young child’s health.
Rather than panicking, the better solution is to research your other options. For example, My Hair Helpers’ products contain the active ingredient dimethicone. Dimethicone suffocates head lice and disrupts their ability to regulate water. This ingredient is safe, effective and has a low risk for adverse effects.
Additionally, our products come with a guarantee. This is important, as it tells you how well the product is expected to work. In addition to head lice treatment products, we also sell mint repellent spray and stainless steel nit picker combs. Believe it or not, combing is still one of the best prevention tools we have today.
Q: I gave my child a head lice treatment. Can I send them to school?
A: Many parents are surprised to hear that their child can return to school once they have received treatment. If you time everything right, your child doesn’t have to miss any school! By this point, other students have already been exposed, so there is no need to keep your child home. However, getting that initial treatment is essential.
If you have additional questions about head lice, contact My Hair Helpers today! We serve Southern California and offer both in-salon and at-home head lice treatment solutions. Our products are also sold on Amazon for fast and free delivery. One treatment is all you need to take hold of the situation and get your child back in school where they belong!