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lice combSo your child has head lice. Now you are jumping at every little itch wondering if everyone in the family has them. Some parents have concerns that the chemical treatments may be harmful to more than just the lice, which others have just found them to be ineffective. Before turning to folk-remedies and covering your child’s head with mayonnaise or olive oil, there are professional “nitpickers” available to help.

Picking the nits (lice eggs) from the hair is where the phrase nitpicker originated from centuries ago—and can be found in literature from as early as the 1400s. Fast forward to today—we may have found the cure for polio and can look up just about any trivia fact on a thousand dollar iPhone, but nitpicking is still the tried and true way to get rid of lice. If you don’t feel up to the task yourself, there are local companies who will do it for you—discreetly in the comfort of your own home.

M.J. Eckert, R.N has served families in Annapolis and the surrounding areas with her business, Lice Happens, since 2009 and offers same-day service. A trained member of the team will come to your home and screen each family member for lice, thoroughly combing through the hair to remove lice and nits with a metal, professional grade nit comb. “The bugs have become resistant to most over-the-counter products,” says Eckert. “It all boils down to meticulous combing. Most families just don’t have time, and that's where we come in.”

In addition to the treatment, the technician will train and educate you on how to comb out the lice as well as what to do to reduce the likelihood of re-infestation. According to Eckert, a typical service takes a couple of hours and costs approximately $300; licehappens.com.

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