Oh No, My Child Has Lice, Now What?

If you have reached our site, you are probably a parent who knows, or at least suspects, that their child(ren) has lice. You may have received a note from the school, heard it from other parents, even seen the critters in their hair. Don’t panic! We are here to help!

What Are Lice and How Do You Get Them?

Head lice are tiny wingless insects. They live among human hairs and feed on blood from the scalp. They cannot fly or jump, but they can crawl quickly at a rate of 9 inches per minute.

An adult louse is very tiny; about the size of a sesame seed. Females are larger and can lay up to eight eggs (nits) every day. Nits hatch within 8-9 days. These “nymphs” take another 8-9 days to grow to maturity and begin reproducing again.

Lice and nits are usually located on the back of the head near the neckline or behind the ears. They may also be in the eyelashes or eyebrows. Lice can live up to 30 days on the head, but only 1-2 days if removed from the host.

Head lice are transmitted from one person to another through direct head-to-head contact. Activities like hugging, sleeping in the same bed, or sharing brush, comb, backpack, or clothes from someone infected with lice can transfer them as well. Pets don’t get human lice or vice versa because lice are species-specific.

Contrary to some opinions, getting lice is not the result of a lack of hygiene or a dirty environment. Lice need blood to survive and they don’t care if it’s from a clean or dirty head. Lice do not transmit disease either; however, the presence of those tiny crawly bugs send most people over the edge. And the itching they cause leads to intense head scratching, which can sometimes cause infections.

Can You Avoid Exposure?

Unless you keep your children in a bubble, there’s no way to avoid exposure to lice. Lice are highly contagious and can spread quickly, especially in places where many children are present, like schools, day cares, and camps. In fact, lice occurs in 6 million to 12 million school kids every year. It’s almost as prevalent and contagious as the common cold. The important thing is to seek treatment quickly to minimize the impact and transmittal.

So What Do I Do if I Think My Child Has Lice?

The most important thing you can do is act quickly. The longer you wait, the greater the infestation will be and the more widespread it will become. Lice Clinics USA provides all the services you need to screen, prevent, and treat the lice to assure peace of mind that the lice infestation is gone!


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What Our Customers Are Saying

Thanks for getting us in so quick! You explained everything to me really well and I am happy I found your place. I have peace of mind knowing my kid doesn’t have lice, but I also feel more prepared for if she ever gets it. Thanks again!

ICD Mom , O'Fallon, MO

After hundreds of dollars spent on worthless prescription and over-the-counter so-called remedies, hours turned into days of combing and a near emotional breakdown, I came across an AirAllé provider. I happily went to her to receive “treatment” and wished I had known of her before I wasted so much time and money.

Stacey , Lake St. Louis, MO

The AirAllé treatment has shown astounding results! The following days have demonstrated NO continuing infestation or resulted in any further specimens whatsoever! Undoubtedly your profession is warranted and a shear necessity. I do admit I did very much have my doubts, especially in the wake of MANY who claimed it would not work and that it was a waste of money, however your results speak for itself. We dealt with lice once before, and it was a complete and utter headache quarantining everything and washing hair with bottles and bottles of chemicals. Rest assured I will keep you on my contact list as long as my children are in school! Thank you for making your service available!

Robert , St. Charles, MO

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