As you are likely aware, head lice are extremely common. Thousands of children are expected to contract head lice this year in Oklahoma. An estimated 24 million school days are missed in the U.S. every year due to head lice.
Harvard School of Public Health states that, “Head lice in the United States are resistant to permethrin and lindane [toxic lice fighting products now banned in California], and higher doses of this insecticide generally are not more effective”.
According to National Pediculosis Association (NPA), “Seizures, behavioral changes, Attention Deficit Disorders, cancer, skin diseases, and even death have been reported to the National Pediculosis Association’s registry by people who have used chemical treatments [such as RID and NIX] to get rid of head lice or scabies…Based on increasing reports of head lice resistance on a national level, the NPA advises parents to discontinue the use of head lice pesticides…MANUAL REMOVAL IS THE BEST OPTION”.
We put families at ease by reassuring them and providing the facts:
Head lice are not signs of unwashed hair. Lice thrive in clean rather than dirty hair.
Head lice cannot jump nor fly.
Head lice cannot live on your pets.
Head lice cannot live and breed in your environment (i.e. couches, carpets, movie theaters, cars, airplanes). They must feed regularly from their human host; without food, they die in under 48 hours.
Head lice shampoos can be highly toxic for children and lice have grown resistant to chemicals in many over-the-counter shampoos.
Head lice are not effectively treated with remedies such as Vaseline®, mayonnaise, olive oil, gasoline, etc. Some of these remedies may actually damage the scalp and are extremely dangerous.
Our services are recommended by pediatricians and are highly effective and safe. We also have same day service in most cases, so kids can return to school quickly.
If you would like to receive parent education letters, discounted treatment referral forms (for low income families), Serenity Hair Rescue magnets, Serenity business cards, or arrange an assistant to help with school or camp screenings, please call us at (918) 277- LICE, (277-5423). Or use the Contact Us box above for more information.