Head Lice and School are synonymous. If your kids are in school, there is the threat of getting these wretched little pests. And let’s all agree, they are just plain gross.
So how do head lice spread? They can’t fly or jump – only crawl slowly. So it’s not like they are ninjas on attack. They can only crawl from one scalp to the next when close by. This is a real issue for younger kids. Think about little kids interact with each other – snuggled together in bean bag chairs, rolling around on the mats laughing, whispering funny things. Such cute, interactive behavior is perfect for these bugs to spread!
But older kids are different. If your kid wears a jacket to school and jams it onto the peg which is right next to Johnny’s jacket, and if Johnny’s jacket has a few head lice, then so does your child!
What about Teenagers? Taking selfies is the perfect way to have scalps touch.
Greenbug for People/Pets is your new best friend! It will control head lice AND THEIR NITS! Only one application controls all stages of these horrible bugs. You do not need to comb out the nits when treating with Greenbug!
If your child has head lice, treat as soon as possible to prevent further spread. DO NOT use the expensive, toxic chemical pesticides from the drug store as there is no sense putting poison on your child’s head to still have parasites.
The solution? Greenbug for People/Pets. Liberally apply to hair and scalp. Cover with a shower cap for 4 hours to overnight. Shampoo and style as usual. That is it!
Lightly spray your child’s hair and belongings with Greenbug for People/Pets before school each day to repel an infestation. Yes, you can actually prevent head lice using Greenbug!
If it’s Back to School time, get some Greenbug for People/Pets and have it on hand. If you get the dreaded memo from school warning of an infestation in the classroom, you’ll want to be prepared.
Children who experience behavioral problems are often labeled ADHD, especially when it comes to activities of staying on task, such a school time or homework time. With Behavior therapy or behavior counseling, our counselor, Jennifer McGee can help your child to have better success. Often times it is a collaboration between parent and child that breeds success. So if you are a parent who would like to see your child overcome the label of behavior challenged, then counseling may be the road for you.
When you start trying to decide which of these doctors to choose I would recommend emailing or calling to ask if they have gone through the Carrick Institute’s Childhood Developmental Disorder specialty modules. Those are the specific Diplomates or Fellows you want to work with.
With that said, I will tell you what we, The Mindspring Center, offer to these special needs children that you will not find in any other practice that I am aware of. While I am not yet a Fellow or a Diplomate I have over 600 hours in the Functional Neurology work and am Board Eligible but have not yet actually sat for the exam. I have gone through the Childhood Developmental Disorder modules with the exception of one new module that is now being offered on Nutritional Considerations for Childhood Developmental Disorders.
Our office offers not only the Functional Neurology work but we also offer Neurofeedback, another powerful way to integrate the two hemispheres, or even specific lobes of the cortex using EEG mapping of the brain and then retraining. There are certain abnormal brainwave patterns that are very commonly seen in Autism that can be retrained using Neurofeedback. This will not “cure’ your child but in every case I have used it with has led to remarkable gains in function and developmental milestones. It is typically utilized more with children ages 5 and up but if your child is relatively calm it would likely be suitable for a 4.5 year old just as well. Another tool we have available in our office that I utilize with autism cases whenever possible in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT has a very successful track record with even the most profoundly delayed cases of autism and other brain-based developmental disorders and quite an extensive amount of research with it as well. The basic concept is that the Brain is very oxygen dependent, utilizing half of all of the oxygen the body is capable of absorbing, and you can provide the brain with extra oxygen by using an oxygen concentrator and then pressurizing the air in a “chamber” essentially a tube big enough for the child and a parent to lie down in and spend an hour supersaturating their blood with Oxygen. This extra oxygen helps the brain be able to increase its metabolic rate, which is necessary for the brain to make repairs.
On Monday, Mindspring Center patient PK spoke his first sentence EVER at the age 14. PK was non-verbal until 8 weeks ago when be began receiving mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Leading up to his sentence, PK had begun to say single words, in appropriate placement, such as in response to questions or expressing a desire. "Park", "go", "no", etc.
His first sentence was was in reference to his dog, "Nan is OK." PK's mom was thrilled to have a full sentence spoken from her son.
Although a short sentence may not mean alot to most parents, having a 14 year old who never spoke is challenging. Never being able to communicate a need to go to the bathroom, when he feels happy or sad, when he wants something particular to eat or drink, when he wants to go to the store or the park makes life VERY hard and frustrating for both parent and child.
Because he is now speaking desires, he is now a happier child. His school continues to report positive behaviors vs the temper and anger reports that used to come home.
Mild HBOT helps to repair the brain, and a healthy brain creates a happier child.
I have been utizing the hyperbaric chamber for about 2 months now for wound care purposes but have found a wonderful side effect. I have dropped about 10 pounds. I thought it was just me and then was telling my someone else about losing weight and mentioned I tight it was due to the chamber. She said she had the same experience, that after beginning chamber treatments, she started losing weight. There is research to support the chamber working for stomach conditions like colitis and IBS. Regardless, it is a welcomed side effect.
It took a research study to have the message of the importance of normalizing brain
wave activity to come out, but i am thankful that there is now light on the
subject. At our center (The Mindspring Center in Pooler, GA,http://www.mindspringcenter.com), we have been working with kids on the autism spectrum disorders for about 10 years combining neurological (brain-based) therapy along with mind therapy. An example would be a child who receives Neurofeedback (retraining of brain wave activity), chiropractic neurology (stimulation of the nerve pathways between the spine and the brain), Hyperbaric oxygen therapy ( bringing more oxygen to the brain to heal and repair nerve pathways), social skills group therapy (better communication and emotion coping skills) and sometimes individual or family counseling for behavior management. We have found that packaging all of these services together (early intervention or not) packs a POWERFUL punch, a true acceleration of developmental milestones.
I only wish that the American Academy of Pediatrics would promote some of the
above mentioned therapies as early intervention choices along with the
traditional speech, OT and PT.
If you are a parent reading this post, please make sure you research neurofeedback, chiropractic neurology, mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, social skills group therapy and parent coaching. I think you will be pleasantly surprised as to all
the benefits of these therapies and how they play an important role for our
In an article that Dr. Steve Ranicki wrote over two years ago about why more males than females are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ranicki explains this theory in great detail. see the attached document below.
Read the Psych Central article on the matter: http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/10/19/autism-affects-cognition-differently-in-males-females/46336.html, then check out Dr. Steve Ranicki's article. He hit the nail on the head, just didn't get it published.
Dr. Stephen Ranicki