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Head Lice Or Dandruff?

It’s actually quite common to mistake head lice for dandruff or vice versa. They look similar and the average person probably hasn’t seen lice before. There are some distinct differences and once you know them, you’ll be bale to tell the difference.

Location Of Head Lice Eggs

Let’s start with the location of nits (lice eggs). Lice lay eggs about a quarter on an inch from the scalp because they need the warmth of the body to incubate and survive. They also need to be close to the scalp to get their blood supply (That’s their breakfast, lunch and dinner). They survive by sucking blood from your head (yuck). So an egg found at that area would be a definite clue that there’s a lice infestation. If it’s farther away from the scalp, it might be a dead egg or empty nit, or possibly dandruff.

Dandruff can shake right out of your hair but lice eggs don’t budge. Lice eggs secrete a glue-like substance and they will not move if you shake your hair or run your fingers through your hair. Nits (lice eggs) must be individually pulled off with your nails or a lice comb.

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common form of skin eczema, also called Seborrheic dermatitis. Dandruff can be caused by too much oil on the scalp, which dries and turns into flakes. It is only considered dandruff if it’s on the human scalp. It usually appears as large white yellow flakes. Dandruff might be associated with an irritated head.

Neither dandruff nor head lice present any serious health risks. Lice don’t spread disease, and dandruff can be easily treated with medicated shampoo.

If you discover that it is head lice, give us a call for a lice treatment appointment. If you’re not sure, we can give you a head check!

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Kid-Friendly Summer Activities in College Station, Texas

Summer is an exciting time for kids because they get to do fun things, stay up late, sleep in late and have a stress-free few months of fun in the sun. Here are 7 fun summer activities around College Station, Texas

  1. Beautiful Lake Bryan Park

Lakes are a popular location during summer and Lake Bryan Park offers fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming or camping. Have a boat? Take it out for some water skiing, wakeboarding or inner tubing. The nearby Lakeside Icehouse offers food, drinks, and live music. How fun does that sound? Make sure you stick around for the beautiful sunset, you’ll have a perfect view.

  1. Summer Reading Program At The Library

We can get our children reading with us at the Bryan+College Station Public Library summer reading program. It’s for kids and adults. The library system offers book clubs, computer classes, and other events during the summer. If you or your kids are book worms, this might be fun.

  1. First Friday in Downtown Bryan

Come down to Downtown Bryan on the first Friday of every month for some entertainment. Watch fun street performers, enjoy live music and get some grub. There are food trucks and sit down restaurants to enjoy while watching the performances. It provides a wonderful atmosphere on a summer evening.

  1. Local Theaters

Some days in Texas are just too hot to be outside. That’s when an air-conditioned theater sounds pretty good. Whether you go to a movie theater or a live theater, it might be a relaxing way to cool off and entertain the kids. Stage Center is Brazos Valley’s oldest full-range theater and The Theater Company of Bryan-College Station offers musicals. If you love theater, this can be a good way to share your passion with your children.

  1. Grand Station Entertainment

Grand Station Entertainment is a fun-filled family center with bowling, laser tag, and mini golf. All fun activities for families. They also have a banquet room for birthday parties and a food court with tasty dining options. You could spend all day in this air-conditioned fun zone.

  1. Jumping World Trampoline Park

What kid wouldn’t love a warehouse full of trampolines? Kids love this place and it’s a great way to reward your kids for good grades during the school year. It’s great exercise as well. This is a fun way to be active and laugh with friends. https://www.experiencebcs.com/listing/jumping-world-trampoline-park/1861/

  1. Escape Room BCS

One of the fun attractions at Aggieland is an escape room. This is a fun activity where your group placed in a room and have to use clues to figure out how to escape. You’ve got to work fast to beat the record time. Everyone should try one of these at least once. It’s a lot of fun.

No matter what you do this summer, we hope you get some good bonding with your children this summer and have a safe and memorable summer break.

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We Treat Head Lice! What Are The Other Types Of Lice?

Head Lice

Head lice are quite common among young children and at our clinic, we offer the best possible treatment for them. Our treatment is fast, 100% safe and effective. Getting head lice means either coming in direct contact with someone who has head lice or using someone’s comb, brush or hair accessory. Parents often panic when their child gets lice but a little bit if education about it can make all the difference when faced with it. Direct head-to-head contact is the most common way to get head lice from someone. The formal name for them is Pediculus humanus capitas, but most people just relate to it as head lice. Personal hygiene or cleanliness has nothing to do with contracting head lice. They feed on human blood several times a day from the scalp and they live in the hair, very close to the scalp. They aren’t harmful and don’t carry diseases. However, they are a huge nuisance and you’ll want to get them treated as soon as possible. Head lice are the most common type of lice and the one your child might come home from school with. You’ve gotta watch out for head lice if you have elementary-aged children. But, what are the other types of lice?

Body Lice

Unlike head lice, body lice can spread disease (yikes!) Their formal name is Pediculus humanus corporis. They reside on the body and are actually more common among people who have bad hygiene and don’t wash and change their clothes on a regular basis. They might come about during camp when a person roughs it for a few weeks and doesn’t take showers. These type of lice are directly related to uncleanliness. This type is not as common but it can definitely happen to someone who doesn’t take care of themselves. They are spread through person-to-person contact. These type of lice can be dangerous and cause more problems.

Improved hygiene and access to regular changes of clean clothes is the only treatment needed for body lice infestations. This one can be controlled and taken care of so, please, for the sake of yucky body lice, stay clean!

Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, or Pthirus Pubis, are found attached to hair in the pubic area, but can occasionally be found on coarse hair on other parts of the body such as eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, mustaches, chest or armpits.
Pubic lice infestations are usually spread through sexual contact. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of pubic lice infestations.
Although we only treat head lice, we wanted you to be a tad familiar with the other types of lice as well. Every type of lice can be treated but we treat head lice only. We are experts and keep up with the research and news on lice. We treat regular head lice as well as super lice, which is on the rise in America. Our treatments work effectively no matter what. We hope you never have to deal with any types of lice but if you have head lice in your future, give us a call to make an appointment. We’ll give head checks to your family and talk about the best treatment option for you. We are your neighbor in lice treatment and we’ll make the process easy and fun.

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Fun And Easy Fourth of July Activities For Kids

A very fun holiday is on Tuesday of next week: Independence Day! Or more commonly known, the Fourth of July! What are your plans? Are you trying to figure out what you can do to entertain your children and make the Fourth of July fun for them? We turned to Pinterest to find 7 different crafts you can do with your kids on Independence Day.

  1. Painting Fork Fireworks

Make some fun Fireworks with your kids by using a fork to make some awesome looking fireworks with paint on paper. This is a fun activity for your kids who love to use paint. They can carry it around with them on fourth of July and then you can hang it on your fridge to show it off. http://athriftymom.com/fireworks-painted-with-a-fork-quick-and-easy-craft-project-for-kids-july4th-usa/.

  1. Making Lady Liberty Hats

Here is a fun and unique patriotic craft. Check out this great Lady Liberty Hat, it’s super fun to make and wear for your little ones! It’s super simple and easy to make and your kids will feel cool wearing it. This can be their patriotic Fourth of July attire and they’ll get better at making it each year.

  1. Patriotic Word Search

Here is a fun Fourth of July-themed word search to give your kids while you are busy doing other things to get ready for Fourth of July festivities. Hopefully, it will keep them busy for a bit and give you some time to get your stuff done. Word searches are great for kids’ critical thinking and can get them familiar with different words.

  1. Fourth Of July Wands

If your kids are a little nervous about being close to the real fireworks, this is a great way for them to feel involved and hold up their crafted firework. It’s simple and a great activity for kids to do every fourth of July.

  1. Balloon Fireworks

Balloon fireworks are pretty and fun. It’s an indoor activity and kids will love it. All you really need is balloons, confetti, a funnel and some sharpened pencils. Anything with balloons is fun, right?

  1. Patriotic Wreath

Another fun activity is this fun, Fourth of July wreath. This would be fun to make during the end of June and hang it up on your door before, during and a bit after the fourth of July. It’s a fun and festive decoration.

  1. Fireworks In A Jar

Here is a fun activity that involves science to create fireworks in a jar. This is a fun one for those who love experiments and mixing things together. This is a cool activity for this year’s Independence Day celebrations.

Gotta love Pinterest, right? We hope you like one of these activities and are able to have a wonderful Fourth of July with family and friends. If any of your kids happen to contract head lice, give us a call. We recommend doing a quick head check at the end of the day if your kids were around other kids. Kids make direct contact with other kids more than we realize. Happy Fourth of July to all!

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What Is Your Parenting Style?

Parenting is no picnic, although it can be at times. It’s hard work but also the most precious gift on earth. According to verywell.com, scientists have come up with four different parenting styles and the effects they have on children. Let’s find out what your parenting style is!

Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian is a very intense parenting style. Many rules, all about obedience, and all about punishments. It’s the parent’s way or the highway. They hardly ever take the child’s feelings into consideration and they aren’t very warm or empathetic toward their children.

Authoritarian parents don’t leave room for any exceptions. Their children will follow their rules without explanation and that’s final. They don’t care to negotiate or reason with their children.

Authoritarian parents may use punishments instead of discipline. So rather than teaching a child how to make better choices, they’re often focused on making a child suffer for his or her mistakes.  Their children may feel like they are never good enough.

Children of authoritarian parents tend to follow rules much of the time but unfortunately, develop self-esteem issues and may grow to be hostile or aggressive. These kids may also become good liars because they taught themselves how to lie their way out of punishments.

Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parents care about their child’s well-being and make an effort to create a healthy balance of discipline for bad behavior and praise for good behavior. They value having a positive relationship with their child and offer guidance in their everyday life. They explain their reasons behind their rules so that their children understand them instead of resenting and fearing them. They try their hardest to always take their child’s feelings into consideration.

These types of parents establish clear rules but they also allow for reasonable exceptions to rules. They believe in using consequences that teach valuable lessons and help shape their children into good people. They use positive discipline to prevent behavior problems and to reinforce good behavior. They are usually all about reward systems to praise good behavior.

Children raised in an authoritative household turn out to be happy and successful. They are more likely to be good at making decisions and evaluating outcomes on their own. They are usually good in social situations and grow up to be hard working.

Researchers have found that kids who have authoritative parents usually become responsible adults who feel comfortable expressing their opinions.

Permissive Parenting

Permissive parents are inconsistent and don’t stick to their word. They set rules but don’t enforce them. They don’t put effort into giving out consequences and they don’t interfere in their kid’s life very much. Permissive parents are lenient and have a hard being firm. They rarely give out consequences and when they do, they usually give into begging.

Permissive parents are a friend to their child, not a parent. They hang out with their kids and encourage them to talk to them but rarely discourage bad behavior and poor decisions.

Kids who grow up with permissive parents tend to struggle in school and might have a lower academic level than their classmates. They may also have behavioral issues because of the fact that they were never disciplined and they feel they can walk all over teachers like they do with their parents. They may also report sadness and are at a higher risk for health problems, like obesity, because permissive parents struggle to limit junk food intake and good habits. They have more cavities and higher cholesterol.

Uninvolved Parenting

Uninvolved parenting is pretty much what it sounds like. They are very uninvolved in their child’s life and it may be intentional or unintentional based on mental illness or substance abuse. They don’t care to ask their child about their day or get involved with their homework or schoolwork. They don’t know where their child is half the time or who they’re with. They don’t set many rules or curfews. They don’t spend time with their children very much and are extremely hands-off.

Children of uninvolved parents basically raise themselves, so they become strangers to nurturing and discipline. They are neglected and their basic needs are often not met, which can be detrimental to them.

Parents are often uninvolved because of their lack of knowledge of child development. Taking parenting classes can help permissive parents learn the basics of good parenting. A parent might be uninvolved when they are overwhelmed with work, life, bills and other responsibilities.

When parents are uninvolved, children struggle with their self-esteem. They tend to perform poorly in school and exhibit frequent behavior problems. They also rank low in happiness and feel alone.

Conclusion

Which type of parent are you? You may not fit into one character or you may hold attributes of each type of parenting style.

“The studies are clear, however, that authoritative parenting is the best style. And there are always things you can do to become a more authoritative parent. “

Putting constant effort into building a positive relationship with your child and creating a healthy balance of discipline and positive praise can lead to being an outstanding parent. Over time, your child will reap the benefits of authoritative parenting.

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Head Lice Treatment At Summer Camp

Most kids look forward to summer because instead of going to school, it means going to pool parties, water parks and… SUMMER CAMP!! Children often leave summer camp with the fondest of memories. We sincerely hope that memories and friends are all they leave with but unfortunately, they might also leave with head lice if there aren’t some procedures in place to try and prevent an outbreak.

We Can Come To Summer Camp

One of the services that we can offer is lice treatment at your child’s summer camp. If we go to summer camp on the first day and check every head and the treat every head that has an infestation, we can prevent an outbreak before lice have the opportunity to ruin your child’s summer camp experience. Talk to us if you’re interested in coordinating this with a summer camp. It would be a great and affordable way to prevent a huge head lice outbreak. Head lice infestations at summer camp are about as common as the common cold. We are willing to work with camps to treat the children!

Be Informed And Prepared

One of the best things parents can do when it comes to head lice is to be prepared and informed on policies and procedures about head lice. Believe us when we say that sending your child to camp with a head lice shampoo to use if they get lice will not work. Drugstore lice treatments don’t work anymore now that we’ve got super lice to deal with. Do the onsite nurses or medical professionals know how to identify lice and handle lice outbreaks? Camp staffers are just as susceptible to lice as the kids, so chances are good they will be on the lookout for it. Make sure you understand how the staff is trained to deal with infestations, especially if there is an on-site treatment approach or no-nit, call-for-pickup policy. It’s important that your child is not exposed to harmful chemicals for “preventive” treatment due to inexperienced care providers.

Inform Your Child About Head Lice

We always recommend educating your children about head lice because we don’t want them to be terrified if they get an infestation. We believe that educating children about head lice is just as important as lathering kids up with sunscreen before spending a day in the sun or spraying bug spray before a camp trip. A quick identification lesson and a gentle reminder not to have hair-to-hair contact, share bunks or trade hair brushes should do the trick.

We sure hope your little one doesn’t get lice but if they do, it will make everything easier if you are prepared.

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Treat Head Lice Right: 5 Reasons Your Head Lice Won’t Go Away

Man oh man, head lice are a pain! If you don’t know how to treat head lice, they can be hard to get rid of. If you don’t treat them right, they will keep coming back. You may have no idea why they are coming back and here are 4 reasons why you might not be able to part with head lice.

  • You’re Using Over The Counter Treatments

We’ll never stop spreading the word that drugstore/OTC lice treatments do not effectively treat head lice. The resistance of super lice to popular store lice products is well-researched and well-documented in this day and age. There are enough studies out there that prove drugstore lice treatments to be ineffective and not worth the money. Super lice are now resistant to pyrethroids and pyrethroids are found in most OTC lice products, and recent studies show that super lice are now in 42 states in the U.S.

  • Your Nitpicking Is Not Thorough Enough

While effective if done properly, nitpicking is subject to human error. This is the process of combing out live lice, then picking out each nit (lice egg). It is very difficult to get every single lice egg, without missing one and leaving it behind. It is very impressive if someone can spot every single nit and remove it with a nit comb. The reason why only nitpicking is not reliable is that if even one is left behind, then you’re stuck with a whole new live lice infestation and you’re back to square one. Don’t think those lice eggs won’t hatch and multiply because they will. You either have to treat all the head lice and their eggs or expect to another infestation.

  • You Didn’t Get Every Member Of The Family Checked

Oftentimes, parents are so focused on the child that they discovered lice on, that they fail to check everyone else in the household. If one person in the family has head lice, it is likely that someone else in the family may get it as well, especially if there are other children in the family. When you bring your child in to treat their head lice, let us check every member of your family. Head lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact or less commonly, through sharing hair accessories. If only one person in the family is checked and treated, the lice will likely come back to that person from another family member.

  • You’re Relying On Home Remedies

Home remedies can be scary. They are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst. Many internet articles and mommy bloggers will mention home remedies like mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, olive oil, or kerosene. These methods usually involve covering a child’s head with one of these substances overnight and suffocating it to the head with plastic wrap. There’s no guarantee that the plastic wrap won’t fall off the head and cover your child’s mouth and nose. The method is meant to treat head lice by suffocating the lice, which cab instead, tragically suffocate your child. PLEASE DO NOT TRY HOME REMEDIES. Mayonnaise has also been shown to cause food poisoning to children. Think about it, you wouldn’t leave mayonnaise outside of the fridge overnight and then use it the next day. Well, left out mayonnaise all over your child’s face and all over their bed is bad news.

Now you know what NOT to do. One of these might be the reason that you can’t get rid of those dang head lice. We know how to teat head lice, so give us a call if you need assistance.

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Lice Treatment Near Conroe, Texas

Looking for lice treatment in the Conroe, Texas area? Look no further. We’ve got the best lice clinic, located in College Station, Texas, about an hour away but worth the drive! We have a revolutionary treatment that is only available within the Lice Clinics of America network. We treat head lice with our famous and revolutionary AirAllé® device that is FDA-cleared and medically proven to effectively kill lice through dehydration. We use a device that has changed the head lice treatment industry forever.

Some History Of Conroe, Texas

Conroe is named after Northern-born Union Cavalry officer and Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe. Conroe founded a sawmill there in 1881. Conrow originally gained in wealth because of to the lumber and oil industries. Originally named “Conroe’s Switch”, the area saw an influx of residents in the late 19th century due to the lumber demands on the piney wood forest of the area.
During the 1930s, because of oil profits, the city boasted more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city, though only briefly. Elvis Presley performed at the high school football field on August 24, 1955. After the construction of Interstate 45, many Houstonians began to settle communities around Conroe.
Within the first decade of the 21st century, the city attracted a lot of new residents from the Houston area. Renée C. Lee said that Conroe around 2002 was “a sleepy, backwater town 40 miles north of Houston” and that at the time, Conroe city officials needed to use financial incentives to attract home developers to Conroe. Lee said that for a three-year period ending in 2007, Conroe became a hotbed of construction of new houses.
In 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau designated the area around Conroe and The Woodlands as a “large urbanized transit area,” an area defined as having over 200,000 residents, making it eligible to receive federal transportation funds.

Children in Conroe, Texas

With a large number of children who contract lice per year, parents of Conroe, Texas should be aware of their resources in case an outbreak affects your family. Head lice outbreaks are extremely common in elementary schools and most parents don’t know much about head lice.

As parents in College Station Texas, it’s our mission to educate families in the Conroe area, as well as any other surrounding areas. For instance, did you know that lice are so common that 6-12 million kids are infested each year? Or that lice will infest clean or dirty hair but actually prefer a clean head of hair? Did you know that lice lay eggs, called nits and those are actually the trickiest to get rid of? We have endless amounts of knowledge when it comes to head lice, lice treatment, and lice education. We’ve dedicated ourselves to researching and keeping up-to-date with science pertaining to lice removal remedies. Our AirAllé® device is the most modern and effective approach to lice removal treatment and won’t break the bank. It’s a really cool and easy way to kill lice and their eggs for good.

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Lice Removal: We’re All In This Together

It seems like there are always debates going on around us. Whether it be about political matters, religious matters or parenting matters. Everyone always seems to know how to parent better than you, right? Or at least they think you do. Let’s agree that every situation is different and as long as you are doing what you know is right for you family, we’ll cheer you on. Parenting is no joke. It’s hard work, and we’re all in this together. We are especially there for when your child gets head lice. We have lice treatment for all. And we do, in fact, know what’s best when it comes to lice removal.

It’s Nobody’s Fault

That leads us to our second point: don’t place blame on anyone if your child gets head lice, not even yourself. Please do not waste your time being upset at a child’s parent for not keeping their child at home and please do not get upset at the school for not being strict enough with their lice policies. These things happen and it’s nobody’s fault. We get it, head lice suck. Resentment and frustration can arise when feeling like parents aren’t treating it seriously. In our experience, most of the time parents’ frustration is rooted at the fact that they don’t know how to begin to treat their child’s head lice. Lice treatment is difficult these days.

Lice Removal Is Our Specialty

That’s where we come in to help. We are confident that we have the best lice removal treatment on the market and when you are frustrated, scared and overwhelmed, we can take it all away. It is our hope that we can eliminate the stigma that comes along with head lice. Since it has nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene, it is unfair to look down on a parent for “allowing” their child to get head lice. They had nothing to do with it. Their child probably got it from another child. One of our mottos as parents is that we’re on in this together.

Give Us a Call

Don’t hesitate to call us if you need lice removal tips or want to know more about or lice treatments. We are proud of our lice removal resources and we’d love to share them with you. Give us a call and we’ll answer any questions for you. Schedule an appointment to get treated with surety. Check out our treatments page to learn about our amazing lice treatments.

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A Head Lice Device That Is FDA-Cleared? Check!

Lice Clinics of America has been gaining attention for our revolutionary AirAllé® head lice device since 2014. That’s because we have the only FDA-cleared device on the market that kills lice through dehydration and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. That’s important to any parent. The device is 99% effective and when paired with our topical rinse and comb-out, it’s the best lice treatment you can possibly receive. It’s been successful in over 220,000 cases and that number continues to grow as the number of outbreaks in the U.S. continues to grow.

An FDA-clearance means rigorous testing and analyzing were done to ensure safety and efficacy to the public. That FDA-clearance is a huge indicator of a safe and trusted product. That’s how you know the AirAllé® lice treatment will leave you relieved to be done with lice.

We Check For Head Lice

No sure if your child has head lice? No problem. We can check for you. At Lice Clinics of America, College Station, we offer thorough head checks which is important to make sure everyone in the family who has lice is being properly treated. We are experts at every stage of the lice treatment process, including the head checks. We are confident in detecting and eliminating lice in every case and we treat each patient with care. Making sure the whole family gets checked is worth your while to get it all taken care of at once. The only thing worse than having head lice, is having it twice. If there is a head lice outbreak at school or at summer camp or somewhere you child may have been, a head check is recommended.

If you need head lice treatment, we’ll check your head to detect the infestation level and then treat you with our safe and effective AirAllé® device. We’ll even make the process fun. Give us a call today.