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Be Prepared Against Lice This Summer

Did you know that head lice is one of the most contagious conditions among children, only second to the common cold? As the weather gets warmer and schools close for the summer, kids venture off to camp and are once again faced with the risk of catching head lice. Head lice can be spread whenever there is direct contact with the head or hair of an infested individual, as well as by sharing personal articles like hats, towels, brushes, helmets and hair ties, which are all part of a camper’s daily life!

Head lice are small parasitic insects about the size of a sesame seed and they live on human scalps. They need a scalp or host in order to survive. Lice can be brown or tan in color and do not jump or fly. They are also not known to cause disease and they only live on humans not animals.

How do you treat lice? LiceMD® has come out with a product that is safe and pesticide free. This treatment helps you control head lice in three easy steps. Lice MD is not only pesticide free it is also odorless, and super conditions hair.

In order to keep your home lice free it is recommended that you wash all bedding including pillows and towels in hot water (above 130º F). Dry items at highest heat for at least 20 minutes. Make sure you dry clean all items that can’t be washed. Notify your children‘s school and check everyone in the family for lice or nits. Do not share combs or personal items worn on the head or neck. Check hair and scalp for 10 days. If lice, nits or eggs remain, re-treat with LiceMD®. Disinfect hair products such as combs, brushes, and hair accessories by soaking them in hot (above 130º F) soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes. Place stuffed toys in plastic bags and seal for 2 weeks. Vacuum rugs, carpets, mattresses and car seats thoroughly. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bags immediately after use.

For more information on treating and detecting head lice visit the LiceMD® website.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available exclusively on Amazon.

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  1. Caroline June 20, 2009

    Oooooh…yuck. I hate this thought along with ticks. Ugh. Our cat got fleas once and it was catastrophic in “my world”…hubs thought I was totally overreacting. It just makes me shiver. I am thrilled however, to hear about a pesticide-free treatment. The idea of putting a pesticide on a child's head is horrifying. Our son's severe allergies and Eczema (well, previously severe until he took his Vidazorb probiotic-yea!) have transformed our family into a natural family. We have really tried eliminating chemicals in our home! Thanks for this very useful info that I pray I never have to use! haha! smilinggreenmom *tweet me!

  2. Didier June 4, 2010

    Now whole Foods is selling a Certified USDA Organic treatment:
    Safe Trap by Au Revoir Lice and Nits.
    Their slogan is ORGANIC = EFFICIENCY

  3. Didier June 7, 2010

    Lice are blood-feeders and they bite the skin four to five times daily to feed. To feed, the louse bites through the skin and injects saliva, which prevents blood from clotting; it then sucks blood into its digestive tract. Bloodsucking may continue for a long period if the louse is not disturbed. While feeding, lice may excrete dark red feces onto the skin.
    Safe Trap is a 2-in-1: stop the infestation and repair the scalp.