April 29, 2005 -- “Head Lice are not just a school time problem,” explained Katie Shepherd, Executive Director of Lice Solutions Resource Network, Inc. “Parents what to blame the schools and schools want to blame the parents- No one wins! Head lice are always there- no matter what time of the year it is, so it’s not about blame; it’s about being safe and working together.” Ms. Shepherd went on to add.
“ Head lice, left unattended will quickly kick off a domino effect that will not only infest your family, friends and neighbors; but it will also create a lice cycle that is difficult to break... ”
Lice Solutions, a nonprofit head lice “Awareness and Control Center” located in West Palm Beach, Fla., knows first hand how quickly head lice can escalate into a sever infestation. In the past three years they’ve helped thousands of families throughout South Florida; through education
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and by offering safe and effective treatments. “As a nonprofit agency we’re able to help all children regardless of their family’s income” she stated. “Our goal is to help keep kids in school and that can only happen if help is available for everyone.”
So why is it we only hear about head lice during school months? According to Ms. Shepherd it’s just a matter of looking. “Head lice are a non seasonal parasite- they are always there- no matter what time of the year we look. The problem is most parents don’t know what to look for and therefore the burden is left up to the schools. That’s why the general public assumes that infestations only occur during school months” she explained. “One big problem we find is when a child leaves the school year already infested with head lice, it tends to go undetected all summer long. The summer months offer an excellent opportunity for the lice to multiple because no one is looking. By the time school starts back they not only have a sever infestation, but have also spread it to countless others over the summer months.”
So how do you stop Head Lice from spoiling your summer? “You check heads at the beginning of summer, before you have contact with new sources, and then periodically throughout summer.” Katie explained. “If your child attends a summer camp
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program, make sure they have a lice prevention policy in place” she added. Lice Solutions is doing their part in helping families keep safe. During the month of May they will be providing free head checks for any child that enters their facility. “We also offer a 10% discount off the cost of treatment to anyone providing proof of summer camp enrollment” Katie said.
“The sooner you can catch head lice the easier it is to get past it” she told parents during a recent PTA meeting. “Head lice, left unattended will quickly kick off a domino effect that will not only infest your family, friends and neighbors; but it will also create a lice cycle that is difficult to break!”
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more about this ongoing problem contact:
Katie Shepherd, Executive Director
Lice Solutions RN, Inc.
4463 Westroads Dr.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407