Head Lice in Palm Beach County Schools

Head lice outbreaks are a very real and uncontrollable epidemic in schools throughout the world and lice in Palm Beach County School District are no exception.    It is impossible to keep the parasites out of harm’s way, but there are some steps parents can take to prevent their child from coming home with the annoying intruders and today there are even some fast and effective treatments to get rid of head lice fast, safe and naturally.

 The number of diagnosed cases of head lice infestations has increased worldwide since the mid-1960s, reaching hundreds of millions annually. Approximately 6 to 12 million people annually receive treatments for lice in the United States alone.  In addition, high numbers are also reported in other countries including, Australia, Denmark, France, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The first and most important step in head lice prevention is to become informed about lice and how a host becomes infested.  Head lice in humans are known as pediculosis capitas, which are blood-feeding ectoparasitic insects of the order Phthiraptera.

Head lice are predominantly found more often in females than males and most common in children ages 3 through 10.  Lice spread by head to head contact with someone who is already infested.  Some of the most common ways to get lice are:

  • Children playing or sitting together whether on the playground, in the classroom or at home
  • Sharing bedding during sleepovers
  • Sharing clothing, hats, combs, brushes or other hair accessories

Lice feed on a host’s human blood about 1 to 5 times per day by piercing the skin with their tiny needle-like mouthparts, but do not burrow into the skin. From each lice egg (aka:”nit”) one nymph (aka: “baby louse”) will hatch that will grow and develop to an adult louse within 7 to 10 days. This is why it is imperative an infestation of lice is controlled immediately.  If the lice are allowed to continue breeding, the outbreak of lice will become hard to stop.

What are the symptoms of lice?

The most common and obvious symptom of a head lice infestation is an itchy scalp which normally intensifies 3 to 4 weeks after the initial infestation. The bite reaction is very mild and it is hard to see on the scalp.  Excessive scratching of the infested areas can cause sores, which may become infected.

How to prevent head lice

Any child attending school in Palm Beach County is at risk each day of getting head lice regardless of how clean the child’s hair may be.  Health agencies in the U.S. and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service have actually reported that lice prefer clean hair because it is easier to attach eggs and cling to the strands.

There are some good habits you can teach your children to help prevent an infestation, such as not sharing clothing, combs, brushes, hats, hair barrettes or other hair accessories.  Nonetheless, as mentioned above, lice will relocate quite easily.  If your child is merely playing with or sitting next to an infested host at school, he or she is susceptible to getting lice.

The only thing better than getting rid of lice is not getting it at all

ClearLice™ offers a shampoo, conditioner and even a household spray to help repel lice.  The products are natural, safe, chemical free and smell minty fresh.  The company also manufactures and distributes a shampoo treatment for head lice, as well as a conditioner that literally soothes the scalp; a laundry additive for washing clothes in the machine and an environment spray to remove lice from furniture, bedding and other upholstered objects in the home that are unable to be cleaned in the automatic washer.

ClearLice™ guarantees if customers follow directions, they can get rid of lice in just one day.  They also offer a 60 day money back guarantee.  To learn more about head lice and how to treat and prevent an infestation, visit http://www.clearlice.com.