Know the signs: Smile and Say "Lice," Teen Head Lice Alert

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Not just for preschoolers any longer, teens are spreading lice with head-to-head contact as they huddle together for self-portraits on their cell phones or share earbuds to listen to their iPod music. Dr. Elin Cohen, pediatrician and founder of Lice Treatment Center, says "We've seen an increase in the number of head lice cases occurring in 14 to 17 year olds." It's good for parents to know the signs that indicate the presence of lice on their kids and to be alert that lice have no age-limits for who they inhabit. Head lice are mostly a nuisance and they can be very difficult to get rid of unless you have a skilled "nit-picker" to remove all the eggs. With over 15,000 heads treated, Lice Treatment Center technicians have the knowledge and tools to help. Sometimes it's not good to share with our friends! Get the 411 on Lice with their free information sheet.

Parents with young children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old may be all too familiar with head lice infestations caused by casual contact at schools and summer camps. But, according to physicians and lice-removal experts such as, these tiny oval-shaped bugs (pediculus humanus capitas] have been infecting teenagers as well.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of head lice cases occurring in 14- to 17-year-olds,” says Dr. Elin Cohen, a pediatrician and founder of the Lice Treatment Center. “Bad hygiene isn’t responsible. Lice love clean hair. The real culprit may be the digital age.”

According to the Pew Internet Project’s 2011 teen survey report by Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist, 77 percent of US teens own a cell phone. Although most teens use their phones for calling and texting, 83 percent use their phones to take pictures, while 64 percent share picture with others.

When teens huddle together to take candid snapshots or videos of themselves with their phones, or gather to look at them, they may be making head-to-head contact allowing lice to spread as a result.

“Fortunately, we can use the same head lice prevention and removal treatments for anyone, teens and children, regardless of his or her age,” Dr. Cohen says. “Parents should check the forehead, behind the ears, and the nape of the neck for lice and their nearly invisible eggs, called nits.”

Since its inception in 2005, Dr. Cohen’s Lice Treatment Center has helped thousands of families from coast to coast. In addition to its Jolis Cheveux™ by LTC, all-natural product line, the Center offers complete lice removal services including in-home consultation and lice removal by its team of professional lice removal technicians.

Dr. Elin Cohen is a board certified Pediatrician who has extensively researched and developed a safe and comprehensive method for treating head lice. Approaching the problem as both a mother of two, and a professional, she appreciates the concern that the product be not only effective but also gentle and non-toxic.

She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Cohen did her residency at Montefiore Medical Center and completed a fellowship at Yale University. She has been practicing pediatrics for over ten years.

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