Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Lice

Although summer is over and fall is here, we still need to pay close attention to what can live in our hair. In October we tend to concentrate on halloween, candy, decorating, pumpkin carving,haunted houses, corn mazes and everything except for lice. Its great to have fun, but mostly we get lice when we are having fun. Here are some tips to help you take precaution of head lice and to prevent having them by the end of October. 1. Be careful when trying on halloween costumes. 2. Be more cautious when you take your kids to a halloween party; check their head when you get home. * The proper way to do a head check is to get the proper comb, which we sell here a Meticulice. * Section the hair and inspect the hair part by part, while combing from the scalp to the end of your hair. * If you need assistance, we are here to help you* 3. Be aware when you leave the movie theatre; thats a common place to get them. 4. Try to angle your hair away from another person's when taking selfies. Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Monday, June 2, 2014

National Safety Month

       June has begun and Meticulice is welcoming the summer month with open arms.  Along with the official start of summer, it is also National Safety Month, and we've compiled a list to keep you and your family safe not only while you clean, but also throughout the summer months. While this list does give many helpful hints, it is just a starting point, be sure to add a comment down below with some of your own helpful safety hints you use within your family!


CLEANING 


  • Keep all products in their original containers
  • Never sniff, touch, or taste to determine the product
  • Keep all the products locked up, and out of reach of children
  • Reach your labels, and never mix chemicals, they can release a harmful gas
  • Open windows and turn on fans while cleaning and for an hour or two afterwards
  • Wear protective clothing - long sleeves, long pants, socks, shoes, and gloves - it spraying pesticides 
  • Even "all-natural" or "environmentally friendly " labeled products can be serious if ingested 
  • Make sure mop buckets are carefully guarded; even a very small bucket of water or fluids can be hazardous, causing drownings or serious health issues if ingested. 
  • The slippery surface of a freshly mopped floor is dangerous as well. It may cause a slip leading to a dangerous fall
  • Never turn your back on a ladder
  • If possible, use cleaning tools with telescoping handles 
  • It is recommended to changed the batteries of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year (helpful idea is to change them with the clock)

OUTSIDE 

  • Teach your children to never play on or around a lawn mower, even when it is off
  • Children under 6 should be kept inside when the lawn is be mowed 
  • Frequent playgrounds that have shock absorbent surfaces
  • Teach children to use equipment properly 
  • Enforcing no pushing, shoving, rough housing 
  • Use appropriate and well fitted equipment in sports (helmets, goggles, etc) 
  • Don't leave unattended kids near open flames (grills, campfires, fire-pits, bonfires, etc)
  • Always have a bucket of way and fire extinguisher on hand
  • Only let professionals handle fireworks 

POOL CLEANING 

  • Keep water in constant moving; it prevents bacteria from forming 
  • Check the pools filter and backwash frequently
  • Brush and vacuum at least once a week
  • Test your pools water, the pH balance and sanitizer levels needs to be checked 
  • Have a water treatment going 
  • If going on vacation:  brush and vacuum, test the levels, set the timer/ask a good friend to make sure pump runs eight hours a day 


POOL SAFETY 

  • ALWAYS MANDATE A LIFEGUARD ON HAND
  • Be CPR certified 
  • Keep the water clean
  • Have the children take swimming lessons
  • Know the weather, realize if there is a storm coming in
  • Wear your life jackets, remember toys are not a replacement for life jackets
  • Always aha a phone on hand for emergencies 
  • Don't clutter pool and the surrounding area 
  • Have a 4foot or taller fence surrounding pool area 



To keep everyone properly protected from the sun use the proper SPF Sunblock for your skin type, wear a hat, and keep in proper shade.  


These are just a few helpful hints for your family, as always we love to hear any that you have to offer!  Any emergency immediately seek medical assistant or call 911. 








Monday, May 5, 2014

National Nurses and Teachers Day

HAPPY MAY!

The start of May marks a very important date : May 6, National Nurses AND Teachers Day. Two of our favorite type of people here at Meticulice.  Nurses and teachers are some of the hardest workers, and two of the greatest tools in head lice prevention.

We celebrate our nurses and teachers every day, but today is a special day to go out of your way to thank them for their hard work and dedication. Meticulice would like to take the time out to share with you how they help us in lice prevention.

The first step starts with teachers. When teachers come to us for help in prevention for their classrooms, we give some basic steps. Each child in a class should have their own cubby or locker, not sharing a space.  Teachers should try their best to make sure each child doesn't share hats, scarves, coats, combs and brushes,  pillows and mats for nap time, hair accessories, stuffed toys, etc. A thorough cleaning of their classroom should be done often, and mint protection spray misted each day.

Teachers are most likely the first ones to start noticing a child with an itchy head or one who has a "glow" above them. Once that happens, the school nurse will take over.

School nurses play many roles in head lice detection and prevention.  They are a detective, a jury, a judge. The first step is to notify the parents, even before examining the child's head.  Once the evidence is found, they inform the parents of the the proper steps to take. The child is sent home, and the staff is informed that a student has been infected.

The nurse will then organize a screening of the students.This when Meticulice will come in and do a thorough screening of every student.  If more evidence is found, it will be given to the nurse who will again notify the parents.  During a screening information is given to the staff to keep them informed of what head head lice is, how to keep students and staff as protected as possible, mint sprays are handed out, and prevention products are available.

While everyday we show love to nurses and teachers, today it is important that we take that extra moment to stop and say thank you.  Meticulice knows that they are an important factor in head lice prevention, and we are proud to work alongside of them.







Friday, April 11, 2014

Head Lice Screenings and False Positives

Here at Meticulice we take the business of head lice and nits very seriously. This all starts at your initial screening to determine whether or not you have a positive head lice diagnosis. One thing we will always strive for at Meticulice is to never give out false positives. 

A false positive is a diagnosis of head lice when in fact you do not have head lice.  A screening is usually done by a nurse, health care practitioner, or parent.  These screenings are done by the use of an orange stick, a magnifying lamp, and a check of the five hot spots (nape of the neck, crown of the head, bang area, and above the ears).   False positives start a domino effect of stress, anxiety, and unnecessary expense and time. 

Meticulice prides itself on doing everything we can during a screening to never give you a false positive diagnosis. If we deem someone positive we will share the evidence we find.  At our head lice removal boutique we take extra steps to provide you with the proper diagnosis.  We use a wet combing method, which has been proven to be much more effective than a screening alone.  

While there is a loss of credibility with a false positive diagnosis, above all it causes unnecessary expenses and stress for families. What we have to offer you are a confident, knowledgeable, and highly trained staff of specialists.  We strive to keep all our clients informed with the most up to date head lice education and knowledge to better empower you during this difficult time.  Our trained specialists will answer all your questions, and are always just a phone call away to keep the dialogue going. 

Meticulice will always strive to never give out false positives and to highly educate and inform our clients to help prevent future outbreaks.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Natural Prevention and Elimination



A recent journal of Medical Entomology is reporting that there is new genetically modified strains of head lice that are now resistant to all forms of OTC head lice products.

“Our approach is manual versus chemical removal,” explained Elissa Rand, President and Founder of Meticulice. “We use the leading head lice comb on the market along with our all natural elimination product containing natural enzymes & herbal extracts. This formula makes it easy to manually remove lice and eggs. It takes patience, but it’s a proven method.”

Meticulice offers removal services in East Setauket as well as in-home services on Long Island Founded in 2010; Meticulice’s vision is to dispel the stigma associated with head lice and to stop the overuse and abuse of pesticides on children and our environment.

“Every parent who calls Meticulice begins the conversation with ‘I've used all the major brands the drugstore sells. Why are the bugs still moving and isn't this bad the smell is awful? We have known for a long time that resistance has been evolving in the louse.” This is not the first study proving the resistance. 

Our mission is to change the way people treat head lice and to meet a universal demand for head lice help by delivering environmentally friendly superior products and services – just the solution called for in the Journal of Medical Entomology research abstract.  Progressive pharmacy chains are making such alternatives available and are educating their pharmacists to the recent study and what they can do to better help their clients.




Monday, January 13, 2014

7 Easy Steps to Cleaning Your Home after a Head Lice Infestation

An estimated 12 million cases of lice will occur this year and chances are your child or someone you know will be affected by a head lice infestation.  Head lice are more of a nuisance than a health hazard but it is important to act quickly to relieve your family of the inconvenience and discomfort of lice infestation.

Lice cannot survive more than 1-2 days without a human host and they cannot live on pets. It is not necessary to use pesticide sprays on furniture, rugs or personal items and in many cases, this will cause more harm to your home environment than good. Your time will be much better spent using proper removal techniques or calling a Head Lice removal company like Meticulice and following these steps to kill head lice in infested items.

1. Gather all personal items such as Combs, Brushes, Hats, Hair Clips, Headbands, Headsets, Helmets, Clothing, Stuffed Animals, Costumes, Pillows and Coats for clean up.

2. Freeze all hair care items (such as combs, brushes, hair clips, etc.) in a sealed bag in a  sealed bag in the freezer for 12 hours.

3. Headsets or helmets, place them in a
sealed plastic bag and put them in a freezer for 12 hours to kill the lice and eggs.

4. Wash all bedding and clothing that your child has used in hot water (at least 130°F) OR run them through your dryer's hottest setting for at least 30 minutes or based on instructions on label.

5. Place items that cannot be cleaned or run through the dryer (i.e. stuffed animals and toys) in a sealed plastic bag for 2 days.

6. Follow up with the vacuum to get rid of any lice dust or egg shells that were left behind. According to the NPA, vacuuming is the safest way to remove lice and fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals, or car seats- wherever someone with head lice may have rested their head.

7. Take a peek once a week.  You'll need an Gotcha Nit Removal Comb, a magnifying glass and lots of light.