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#30Seconds In-Depth: Back to School, Back to Lice: Tips for Easy Lice Removal Featuring WelComb® by Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds

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#30Seconds In-Depth: Back to School, Back to Lice: Tips for Easy Lice Removal Featuring WelComb®

You may shudder at the sound of “lice,” but back-to-school time often means back-to-lice time for families! If you’ve dealt with lice, and even if you haven’t, you’ll be glad to know that there is a pesticide-free and drama-free way to get rid of it. That's why we were so excited to welcome WelComb® as our featured guest at our next #30Seconds Twitter chat.

WelComb® makes lice removal less dramatic and less stressful for parents and kids alike. The experts at WelComb know a lot about lice and look forward to arming you with the knowledge you need. WelComb shared tips and best practices on how to get rid of lice without pesticides, for happy and healthy heads!

Not only does the WelComb lice removal comb get right down to the scalp to get lice out, but each component of the kit works to get rid of lice and nits (eggs) once-and-for-all. The only way to eliminate or prevent a lice and nit infestation is to physically remove them using the wet combing method. Why? Because it's the comb, not the chemicals, that gets rid of lice and nits. Seriously! Read on to learn more...

Q: We are so glad to learn about your innovative comb to get rid of lice safely and effectively! Please tell us more about the WelComb®.

We’re so glad to share our lice knowledge with the 30Seconds community! Thank you for having us. First of all: it’s the COMB, not the chemicals, that will get rid of your lice infestation. When you visit the store, you’ll see many lice removal shampoos. But they’re not really shampoos – they’re pesticides! And while they may kill lice, they can’t kill nits (lice eggs), and that’s why they don’t work.

To get rid of the nits, you need to physically comb them off the head. How? With the WelComb! The WelComb has rigid teeth that are just the right distance apart to capture the tiny lice and nits.The WelComb also has a beveled edge that can get right down to the scalp, where lice and nits like to live, to capture and remove them. The WelComb is an all-natural approach to lice removal. No pesticides, harsh chemicals or ineffective oils are required.

Q: What was the inspiration for the WelComb® and how did it come to be?

Great question! Our founder, Jay, had lice when he was 10 and his mother used a metal lice comb that had tight teeth to rid him of lice. Unfortunately, the manufacturer of that comb went out of business. But years later, Jay’s dad found the comb in the basement!

Jay decided to bring it back, but this time as a plastic comb. Our incredible plastics manufacturer, Maynard, was able to make small, rigid teeth that work even better than the metal comb!

School nurses, who are often the ones discovering a lice infestation, were thrilled to see the WelComb come to life. They always commented on how much better that old metal comb was than current lice removal combs. And now they have the benefit of the WelComb!

As a parent, Jay has seen the chaos and stress that lice can cause. That’s why our mission is to make lice removal less dramatic and less traumatic! With patience and the WelComb, you’ll get through it

Q: How big of a problem is lice? How much does it impact families each year?

First of all, ANYONE with hair can get lice. Each year, six to 12 million people in the U.S. have a lice infestation. That being said, children aged 3 to 11 are most commonly afflicted with lice because they have more head-to-head contact than older children.

That’s right! Lice spread by running from one head to the other. But luckily, they can’t survive for more than 24 hours without their food supply (blood). That’s why physically removing them from the head is so important!

Q: Do you have any suggestions for how parents can help prevent their kids from getting lice in the first place?

The only surefire way to prevent the spread of lice is to not touch the head or hair of someone who has lice. Sounds easy enough, but you might not know if someone has lice!If you’re concerned your child might have lice or if someone in their class already has it, the best thing you can do is detect it early.

Simply comb through your child’s hair with the WelComb to look for any lice or nits. If you see one, comb it out. Check your child daily and if you ever find a louse or nit, continue checks for up to two weeks after you find no more lice or nits.

Another tip is to add the Dollar General Lice and Nit Removal Kit with WelComb to your back-to-school shopping list! It’ll give you some peace of mind knowing that you have the tools needed to do preventative checks or eradicate an infestation.

Q: Do you have any suggestions for how to keep kids calm when diagnosing and removing lice? How can we get them to not freak out (and not freak out ourselves)?!

Above all else, we recommend keeping calm. If you scream when you find a louse on your child’s head, you’ll only freak them out more! Lice is such a taboo subject, so the more you can normalize it with your child, the better. People who get lice are NOT dirty, it can truly happen to anyone. Make sure your child knows that having lice is common and is not something to be ashamed of.

When you’re removing lice and nits from your child’s head, it’s important to keep them still and distracted (especially the younger kiddos!).During lice removal sessions, have your child watch a movie, play a video game or read a book. Anything that will keep them focused on anything but the lice!

Q: Do you have any advice for what to do after you have removed the lice to make sure it is all gone and not in your sheets, toys, etc.?

The good news is that lice can’t live for more than 24 hours off a human head. That means they can't survive on toys or linens. So before you start disinfecting your entire home, take a minute to think about what your child has come into contact with over the last day.

Rationally and calmly determine how to best use your cleaning time based on where lice may actually be hanging out. The best method for cleaning is to simply vacuum. Also, understand that lice can’t jump or fly. The ONLY way they’ll spread is if the head touches another head. They can also travel via strands of hair, so avoid sharing hairbrushes with someone that has lice.

Q: What are your top three tips for parents about lice and lice removal?

  • Use the wet-combing method to get rid of lice and nits! Wet combing is about interrupting the lifecycle of the lice. Simply removing lice from the head is enough to kill them; removing the nits prevents them from hatching and reproducing even more lice. The wet-combing method only requires a few tools: water, conditioner and a WelComb! All of these components can be purchased together in the Dollar General Lice and Nit Removal Kit with WelComb.
  • Do NOT purchase products that claim to kill lice! While they can kill lice, they can’t kill nits (lice eggs). That means your infestation will never end.
  • Stay calm! Lice removal is no fun, we get that. But we promise you’ll get through it. With WelComb it is possible to experience fear-free and pesticide-free lice removal!

Q: How can our community learn more about WelComb®, find your products and any news updates, and keep in touch with you?

We’re always here to help! You can find LOTS of resources on lice and lice removal at WelComb.com, including detailed instructions and videos in English and Spanish.

You can purchase the WelComb in the Dollar General Lice and Nit Removal Kit with WelComb at your local Dollar General! Click here to find a store near you.

Always keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest WelComb news! If you ever have any questions, feel free to send us a message at WelComb.com/contact.

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WelComb
We're looking forward to the chat next week and sharing our knowledge! Come prepared with any questions you have about lice and we'll answer them. Talk to you soon!
Gwen Johnson
Ugh! Lice! This will be great information to learn as we head into the new school year. RSVP!
Tribe
Looking forward to this chat, thanks! 👍
Meredith Schneider
Oh I hope I never have to deal with lice ever again! I'll never forget the summer 3 out of 4 kids got lice. Of course all our daughters with long hair.. our son didn't get it. What a nightmare! Didn't know about WelComb! Looking forward to chat to be armed just in case we ever get it again. But crossing my fingers we don't!
WelComb
We hope your kids don't get lice again either! But we're glad we'll be able to help inform you about some unknown lice facts so you'll be prepared should you ever have to face it again. We'll get you through it!
Cassiday
I remember having lice as a kid but haven’t had to deal with it as an adult. Looking forward to learning what I need to know and be prepared! 😯

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