According to Karen Sokoloff of LiceDoctors, each year with the end of camp and the beginning of school, there are significant outbreaks of head lice. "August and September are very busy with head lice and the most likely candidates for it are children. We are seeing children from all over St. Louis and its suburbs who are infested with lice."
Sokoloff attributes the increase largely to a growing resistance to the chemical treatments, as well as the close proximity of children to each other on play dates in the summer and back to schoo. "We have been receiving over a thousand calls each week from families who have treated their children unsuccessfully with the chemical shampoos. Often the parents think that their children are then lice and nit-free, but if there are a couple of bugs left in the hair, they will mature and hatch and evenutally lay more eggs.", In addition, school nurses check students' heads for head lice when they return to school, often detecting cases that have been festering over the summer. Not everyone has symptom of head lice; some children have it and do not itch at all.
The best way to identify nits is to bring the child to a bright spot, either by a window, outside, or where there is a bright lamp. The light reflects against the translucent shell which makes it easier to find them. According to Sokoloff, "The most important thing to remember if your child has lice is that to truly eradicate a case, every nit must be removed. Once all of the nits are gone, then the child is completely lice-free."
LiceDoctors makes house calls to families in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Clayton, Creve Couer, Florissant, Frontenac,House Springs, Jennings, Kirkwood, Ladue, Marlborough, Maryland Heights, Normandy, Overland, Richmond Heights, St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Peters, Town and Country, University City, Webster Groves, Wildwood, as well as in metro east Illinois.
To contact LiceDoctors in St. Louis, call 314-627-0325 or find them on the web at www.licedoctors@