Amy Klin knows what parents are going through. She’s been there, done that, freaked out about it and figured a better way to deal with it. It’s lice, the word that causes waves of shame. Klin went through the disbelief, difficult treatments, and the “text of shame” with her own family’s outbreak. She didn’t want other families to go through what she did and started “The Lice Cure” in 2017, making housecalls to rid families of lice all over the city.
Two years ago, when she discovered lice on one of her two young daughters, the Stapleton mom frantically texted her husband at work. “Get home, we need to fix this!” she told him. “I mean, the sky was falling! We were going to have to burn the house down!” she recalls. After weeks of treatments from over-the-counter products, which burned when they were applied, Klin felt there had to be a better way.
Looking to return to the workforce anyway, Klin went to work for a company that treats families’ lice at their location, in a non-toxic way. What Klin felt was missing from the process was the ability to go to the families to treat them comfortably and discretely, in their homes. At the same time, she could treat the family’s stress about the stigma of having lice, clearing up a lot of misconceptions.
“Head lice do not discriminate,” says Klin. “It does not depend on your socio-economic status, what car you drive, what hair type you have, your personal hygiene or what your ethnicity is.” She says lice are an opportunistic parasite, surviving on the scalp, feeding off blood. “They are spread by head-to-head or head-to-surface contact with someone who has it,” she says. Common places of transfer, according to Klin, are trampolines, trampoline parks, gymnastics mats, bouncy houses, overnight camps, and sleepovers. Other examples include people putting their heads together to take selfies and headphones and sports helmets that are shared.
When Klin goes to a family’s home, she brings a beer for dad and wine for mom to help relieve the stress a little, especially when the whole family will soon be wearing showercaps as part of the treatment. Klin educates them about how the lice likely got transferred and how to prevent it going forward. “This is knowledge specific to headlice,” she explains.
“I also tell them that, ‘It’s okay that you have headlice. It will bring no harm or disease to your child; it’s just a nuisance from a parent perspective.’ And for those who have a strong sensitivity and histamine reaction to the saliva of the bug, they will itch,” she says. Klin’s treatment kills the lice and eggs within an hour and is 100% guaranteed.
“I do this is to save families the time, money and their sanity. I know the range of emotions they have. Who has weeks to do the combing, waiting and wondering? Everyday I feel grateful that my daughter had head lice.”
For more information call Amy Klin at 303.218.5305 or visit: www.thelicecure.com.