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One Less Worry For Moms – Preventing Head Lice At Camp

Posted on June 25 2010

Just to humor you, check out this funny South Park video on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFu-tfFZCDM. Now, let’s start the summer off without our kids getting lice – imagine that, a lice free summer! I came up with a lice preventative line because what ruins playtime more than receiving the awful call from camp, “your child has lice!”

 

It does greatly concern me that once kids do get lice, they are mostly treated with chemicals to eliminate them. Rather, like preventing sunburns or mosquito bites, we should all be doing our best to prevent lice. Therefore, Babo Botanicals offers a clinically proven lice preventative regimen. The fragrance is what repels the lice, but the shampoo and conditioner cleanse and condition the hair with natural botanical ingredients. Both products can be used daily because they are so gentle and sensitive.

 

I conducted clinical tests on the prevention system with a non-profit group in Florida called Lice Solutions Network and consulted with Kate Shepherd, one of  the leading researchers on lice. She wrote the book,Lice Advice, which you can buy on Amazon. We worked together to come up with the most efficacious line on the market – clinically proven to be 95% effective.

Here are some basic facts about lice:

An estimated 6 million to 12 million children a year having infestations, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Infestations are not related to demographics, hygiene, cleanliness or living conditions; lice happens when children live or play together. While head lice are a commonplace nuisance, they are not dangerous and have no additional health consequences.   

About lice:

  • Spread mainly through head to head contact, they favor the soft scalps and baby-fine hairs of children.
  • Head lice do not jump or fly, nor do they live on pets.
  • Eggs–or nits, as they are commonly called, need warmth from the body to incubate. Separated from the head, eggs must hatch in the first 24 hours. Thus, only eggs on the head should cause concern.
  • Adult lice can only live 1 or 2 days away from a warm body.
  • The only thing that licecauses is itching on the scalp, but they do not cause any other diseases.

Symptoms of lice:

  • The scalp is likely to be itchy
  • There will likely be small, clear to white bugs on the hair shafts and scalp. They are often seen behind the ears or on the nape of the neck.
  • There are often “nits” or white shells stuck to the hair shaft near the skin. Nits are different than dandruff in that they are not easily moved like dandruff and appear “glued” to the hair shaft.

     

    Lice Prevention:

    • Use a repellant shampoo and spray daily to ward off head lice. If scalp dryness occurs or washing hair daily is not possible, at least use the spray for added protection.
    • Pull hair back to reduce the opportunity for lice to transfer.
    • Comb with a good lice comb AT LEAST once or twice a week, and it is suggested to continue this as long as they are of school age.
    • Watch for warning signs and respond to them quickly.
    • Avoid close contact with known cases of head lice.
    • Avoid keeping hats, clothes, and other garments in close contact with those of people with head lice.

       

      However, if and when Head Lice are detected, please see your pediatrician.

       

       

      OTHER GREAT LICE RESOURCES:

       

      Tap into these resources to gather further information on lice prevention and removal are two non profitswww.licesolutions.org and www.headlice.org.

      Another great online resource:

      www.dritchy.com

       

      Good luck this summer!

       

      - Kate

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