Am I the only one who starts scratching their head as soon as they hear the word lice? It may be one of the most dreaded words a parent can hear once school has started. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for children 3 to 11 years of age, an estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States. Fortunately, in most cases, lice can be treated easily and although annoying, they are harmless. In fact the The American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse “no-nit” policies that exclude children from school because nits are present. And if you think it could never happen to your kid, think again… lice are equal opportunity pests! Anyone can find themselves in the situation of needing to fight the lice. Continue reading “Back to School Series: Fight the Lice”
For some, school has already started, but for many this is the last week of summer before the schedules, homework and activities start up again. It is a hectic and busy time of year and can be stressful for both kids and parents.
From worrying about what to pack for lunch, to wondering what types of germs they are going to be bringing home, these 6 blogs will provide tips, tricks and ideas to make the transition from summer to school a little easier.
Healthy School Lunches: We all want healthy meals for our children – but in a busy world, achieving this is sometimes easier said than done. Continue reading “6 Blogs to Help With Back to School”
Many kids went back to school last week, and for more, today is their first day. There are some challenges associated with school, especially for young ones. But whether you have a 5-year-old starting kindergarten or a teen entering his senior year of high school, these blogs will give you great tips from making healthy lunches, to keeping your kids healthy from September to June.
Healthy School Lunches: We all want healthy meals for our children – but in a busy world, achieving this is sometimes easier said than done. This blog gives you tips on how to make simple healthy choices for your kids’ lunches, helping to power them through their busy day.
Five Tips For Back-to-School Health: Inevitably kids get sick. Diet, sleep and hygiene all play roles in keeping your kids healthy.
Back to School… For Moms The Mojo Coach, Debi Silber, reminds us that there are lot of things that moms – and dads – can do to help make back-to-school easier for everyone. Continue reading “Back to School”
Before the day the dreaded note came home from school, that someone in the class had lice, like many parents I had thought that lice would never come into my house. I was wrong. Having small children that share hats, helmets and love to hug everyone basically ensured that those “nuisances” would become part of our lives for a little while.
I researched lice treatments and discovered that traditional lice treatments like Nix and Rid have become less and less effective over the last 30 years. Basically, lice have mutated to resist these types of treatments. Dousing my children in chemicals and having the treatment potentially be ineffective was not an option. I needed to learn how to get rid of lice naturally. Continue reading “How to Get Rid of Lice Naturally”
Some kids have started school already, but for many it is still a few weeks away. Personally, there is nothing that gives me more anxiety than the thought of lice coming home on the heads of my kids. I am itching right now, just thinking about it. Here are some ways you can help protect against lice.
Head lice lay tiny, teardrop-shaped, whitish eggs in shells called nits. The nits attach to individual hairs with a tough, gluey cement, making them impossible to remove with ordinary shampooing. After a 7 to 10-day incubation period, the nits hatch, leaving behind a dull gray casing. They mature within a week and start the cycle again.
Lice are very contagious and spread through direct contact. So when kids lie together or touch heads, or when their toys touch or when they share hair brushes, lice can be spread easily. And then, guess what… they spread it all over the house when they come home. Continue reading “‘Tis the Season: How to Protect Against Lice”