Seizures and Head Lice

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Seizures and Head Lice

What can seizures possibly have to do with head lice?

Why let me tell you! One of our clients was an ER doctor and we treated his wife and daughter for head lice…yes, even doctors can’t defeat the dreaded super lice. He was thrilled to find out about our heat treatment and non-toxic products. Why, because he knows first hand the neurological impact of the toxic chemicals in most OTC head lice treatments.  We were shocked to find out that a standard question ER docs ask a patient that comes to the ER with seizures is whether they have used an OTC head lice treatment?  Seriously!

The neurotoxins in head lice treatment products have a neurological impact on everyone, but those with neurological sensitivities can experience profound impacts. So if you have a sensitive child, you want to avoid the toxic OTC products at all costs…no joke.  Research has shown speech regression, aggressive behaviors, decrease in motor skills…just to list a few.  Clearly they can also cause seizures…

If you wouldn’t pour pesticides that kill rats on your child, please find out what is in your head lice treatment, there are safer and easier ways to get rid of the bugs…I promise.

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I think I must be feeling 2 today because I have the Whys?

So a few days ago was our 2-year anniversary here at Lice Girls and I tried to put myself in the place of being two to see what that could mean to our busineindexss… or at least that is what I thought I was doing, and by doing that I just had lots of questions.  Big questions for the business but ones that I think are sort of healthy for a 2 year old business, ones that make us check why & how we are doing what we do.   But then I had the other whys!  The whys that get a little carried away, whys that could actually waste my time.

WHY do people continue to use toxic, non-effective head lice treatment products?

WHY are they calling super lice “mutant ninja” lice?

WHY does killing and annihilating a tiny wee bug cause me, the “Peace” major, such satisfaction?

WHY is the lice STIGMA still so prevalent today when we know lice don’t discriminate?

WHY does even mentioning the dreaded “lice” make some people itch and flinch with fear….  some even get downright psychotic  in the belief that they are THERE even when they are NOT!!

These are just a few of those “why”question that started to flood my mind as I was treating my last client.  Then with all these why’s you start to come up with a list of answers that often include some pretty wild conspiracy theories.  Does this ever happen to you?  I surely hope so, as one doesn’t like to be alone in there craziness. 

imagesWell maybe it isn’t crazy to to think that those green mutant ninja turtles are tired of living in sewers so they are mating with super powered head lice to shrink and find new homes on the top of heads… I mean that way they do get a whole new view of the world right.


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Head Lice love school trips!

It’s that time of year again when kids are going overnight to Outdoor Education with their classes and they are SO excited, but what they don’t know is that lice also love it! We see a surge of head lice infestations after overnight school trips and extended field trips. The kids are often in closer proximity once they are outside the confines of the classrooms and that means more opportunities to spread head lice. If you don’t want an unexpected visitor in your house this spring, be sure to send your child with prevention spray and bring them in for a head check when they return.  It can be the difference between a quick treatment for a new infestation or multiple treatments for your entire household if the lice settles in for the long haul. Remember lice don’t jump or fly, but they can transfer with head to head contact or if you are in contact with a surface where a bug has been knocked off the head. We often see children itching their heads or finger combing their hair and a bug is knocked off. That means all those girls who put their heads together for pictures, lay down to read books together at night, or simply borrow a brush or headband can transfer head lice quickly. Tell those bugs who’s boss and prevent head lice with out Mint Spray today!


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Teachers are Awesome!

ABM_1399346115I want to give a HUGE shout out to teachers and school staff. They spend more hours a day than I do with my kids and do a much better job of exercising patience, wisdom, and discipline…maybe I should go back to school to be a teacher to learn how to become a parent! No seriously though, have you thanked your child’s teacher lately?  Have you told them how grateful you are that they spend 10+ months a year thinking about how your child will learn best and how to make sure they keep up with every growing pressures to adhere to testing measures. So much is expected of these amazing teachers and they receive mediocre monetary compensation and little praise.  What teacher had an impact on your life and changed your path?  I vividly remember my language arts teacher, Mr. Goodall, changed my perception of my intelligence. In one single comment about my writing, he inspired me to try harder, to be better. I can remember many moments like this in my educational career, from the school secretary to the school counselor, yet I don’t know how to get in touch with them to thank them. Thank them for being kind and encouraging to a small person who needed those words more than they knew. SO I say we start a movement of thanking our teachers, old and new, for the profound impact they have…go ahead…make a list of the teachers you are going to thank right now!

Lice Girls offers free head checks to all school personnel, always!  It’s the least we can do 🙂


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Trish Bittman Guest Post – Even hot bloggers get head lice!

582335_10151361560968341_337545763_nThis past school year has been absolutely lousy (you see what I did there?)!

Each one of my three daughters had lice. Each one of their schools sent an email to all the parents notifying us that a student had been found to have head lice at least five times this year. It went through their classrooms, softball teams and Girl Scout troops. (I swear girls hug each other and get head-to-head way too much).

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How will I survive summer and head lice?

lord of fliesOk, I know I should be excited about summer approaching so quickly, hot weather and summer vacations, but the reality is…I’m terrified! I received a very upbeat email from my kids’ school  saying “only 12 days left of school!”…WTF…that can’t be…that must be a typo of epic proportions…I…can’t…breathe.

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Warm Weather = More Head Lice

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Camp is the #1 place to catch head lice this summer

Along with all that Vitamin D in the sunny months we are oh so lucky to see an increase in head lice. Head lice prefer temperatures close to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why it is so common to bring home head lice from your sunny vacations. Lice Girls has seen a huge spike in business in the weeks post-spring break.

This means summer months in our sunny (we hope) Pacific Northwest will create a perfect environment for lice outbreaks. The hotter its gets, the more active head lice become. This means a female louse lays more eggs and they hatch faster, leading to more severe infestations.

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The Lice Girl gets lice, seriously!

Lice Girls giving and receiving a treatment.

Lice Girls giving and receiving a treatment.

Well, it finally happened, this Lice Girl got lice.  So, I had been itching like crazy for four days. Sarah and I had barely crossed paths and I kept forgetting to have her check me. Then this morning I woke up and my neck was itching like crazy and sure enough I look into the mirror at home and I have the dreaded neck rash that happens when you have lice!! OH S#$!, no way….

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Neck Rash = Head Lice Symptom

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Neck rash from head lice infestation

This may not seem logical…wouldn’t you be itchy before your head lice was so bad that you had a rash on the back of your neck?  Well, no. Only half of people with head lice itch at all, but many clients come to us with rashes on the back of their necks. We treated a doctor who was going to start medication for a staff infection because she couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t get rid of the rash on her neck…turns out she had head lice!

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St. Patrick’s Day Terror

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The 2012 Leprechaun trap was very well thought out by the kids, many drafts and samples were made, in fact it was foolproof and I assumed we would wake up to a squirrel or some other woodland creature stuck in it. This mama can become a little too immersed in creative endeavors and it certainly backfired on that fateful night…

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