So… you thought the period where you had to worry about lice in your child was over… afterall, they’re 13. But… lately we have been getting more and more teenagers with head lice
. What’s going on?
It’s difficult to answer the questions with a single and easy idea. In reality, many factors are contributing to teenagers having head lice. A few years ago, a teenager would only get lice when a younger sibling or a child they looked after had it. But now, out of the sudden, your teenager has lice and you have no idea where it came from. Here’s a few factors that will help you understand better the situation:
Recent studies have shown that selfies are now linked to the spread of head lice. Head to head contact is the number one way lice spread.
2. Super Lice.
Most lice have become resilient to the pesticides in over the counter treatment, thus making those treatments ineffective. Realizing that the treatment has not been as effective as one thought may take days, causing the infestation of other people along the process.
3. Unawareness. Because most teens don’t think about lice, they don’t link the symptoms to them and therefore it takes longer for them, or the parents, to realize they are infested.
What to do? First, have an open communication with your teen. Most likely she or he will be embarassed and will even hide it from everyone. Normalizing head lice and knowing how to treat them is the best precaution you can take.
How do I treat a lice infestation?
Since over the counter treatments may not work, your best bet is to seek professional help. At LCA San Diego we offer 1 hour treatments with a policy* for 30-days. Our FDA cleared꙳
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