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Put a Lid on Lice

There’s a four-letter word that strikes fear and panic in parents, school nurses, teachers and everybody else who has ever had to deal with its aftermath: L-I-C-E. No one is immune from these creepy crawlers that all too often infiltrate classrooms and other kid havens. We’ve found a tool that can help prevent lice from spreading. Widely used in Europe and recommended by the Dutch Department of Health, the Bug Bag is an easy way to protect your family from lice. The Bug Bag is a brightly colored nylon tent that you place over your child’s coat when it’s hanging in a closet or locker. With its hermetically sealed top, the bag provides a simple but effective way to prevent lice from crawling from one coat to another, which is the most common way head lice spreads among children. The Bug Bag was created in Amsterdam by product designer and mom Kirsti Järvinen, who knows firsthand how torturous it is to delouse a child and house. It has been used in Europe for a decade, and now the Bug Bag has arrived on our shores — just in time to fight the latest waves of pesticide-resistant super lice. We want to help spread the word about the Bug Bag because, let’s face it, the only thing we want our kids to bring home from school is homework.

Bug Bag

Nylon Tent - Keeps Lice Out

Put a Lid on Lice

There’s a four-letter word that strikes fear and panic in parents, school nurses, teachers and everybody else who has ever had to deal with its aftermath: L-I-C-E. No one is immune from these creepy crawlers that all too often infiltrate classrooms and other kid havens. We’ve found a tool that can help prevent lice from spreading. Widely used in Europe and recommended by the Dutch Department of Health, the Bug Bag is an easy way to protect your family from lice. The Bug Bag is a brightly colored nylon tent that you place over your child’s coat when it’s hanging in a closet or locker. With its hermetically sealed top, the bag provides a simple but effective way to prevent lice from crawling from one coat to another, which is the most common way head lice spreads among children. The Bug Bag was created in Amsterdam by product designer and mom Kirsti Järvinen, who knows firsthand how torturous it is to delouse a child and house. It has been used in Europe for a decade, and now the Bug Bag has arrived on our shores — just in time to fight the latest waves of pesticide-resistant super lice. We want to help spread the word about the Bug Bag because, let’s face it, the only thing we want our kids to bring home from school is homework.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mariana
    Mariana

    I decided to import the Bug Bag after my son came home from school with head lice. As you know head lice remains a huge problem in many schools.

    I did what everyone in the U.S. does and treated him with the necessary shampoos, headcombs, turned my house upside down and cut off my son’s beautiful curls. All of this was a very traumatic experience for both my son and us.

    A month later I went to Holland to visit my family. They were all amazed that I cut his hair off. When I told my friends the reason, they all asked if I was using the Bug Bag. I had never heard of it and didn’t know there was anything like it.

    The Bug Bag was invented by a Dutch mom who is also a product designer. After her son came home with head lice the second time, she decided to study the problem. She then made a prototype of the Bug Bag and took it to her son’s school AND the Department of Health. They decided to try the BB and as a result it is being used in over 50% of all schools in The Netherlands for the last decade and it has drastically diminished the cases of head lice.

    The principle is as follows: Head lice ALWAYS crawl up. In schools, coats hang next to each other all day and lice have ample time to crawl from collar to collar. By creating a barrier that is, however, easy to use for children, lice is prevented to crawl from garment to garment.

    I am available to answer any questions you have.

  • Jerry Joseph
    Jerry Joseph
    1/6/2010 12:27 PM

    Hi;

    I purchased your product from the show in Chicago last year and my son has been using it. Other kids in his class have been infected but he no longer has had any problems.

    Thank you - I recommended it to the nurse in our school and she tells parents to buy it

  • Laura
    Laura
    1/6/2010 12:28 PM

    Brilliant, just brilliant!

  • Anne van Maanen
    Anne van Maanen
    1/6/2010 12:54 PM

    The bug bag is great!! Lice used to be, though we didn't like to admit it, a great problem in our school. I am a teacher and since we've been using the bug bag our children live their life lice-free!

    WE LOVE IT! And because of the great colors, it looks great too!

    Thanks Bug Bag!

  • michael katz
    michael katz
    1/6/2010 12:58 PM

    I LOVE this prophylactic!

    our sons class was plagued with lice but after the school started using BugBags we have not had an occurrence for a year now.

    i highly recommend this product!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2010 1:06 PM

    Thanks everyone for stopping by to share your experiences.

    Another interesting tidbit about this product is with Mariana herself. Mariana is in real life a model and the Runway Coach of the Reality TV series Holland's Next Top Model, Benelux Next TopModel and Norway's Next TopModel.

    Inspirational ideas can strike anyone anywhere! Mariana, we're glad that you pursued introducing this product to America.

  • Kate
    Kate
    1/6/2010 1:13 PM

    I have been very naive! Because I have a boy - who doesn't share combs, hair clips, hats, etc...I thought we were somewhat immune to this issue. But thinking about their winter coats hanging together on hooks jammed in like sardines, I realize we haven't been immune, just lucky. I'm going to have to pass this one around to his class!

  • nancy
    nancy
    1/6/2010 1:15 PM

    I'm a teacher and the kids in my class just decorated the labels on their own new bug bags this morning! It looks fabulous and they love hanging up their coats now! byebye lice!

  • Mariana
    Mariana
    1/6/2010 1:45 PM

    Thanks Katherine,

    It's funny, I never intended to start a business but I completely believe in this product and don't want other parents to go thru the head lice nightmare our family went thru. If it had been available then, we might never have had to go thru all the trouble, trauma en expense of head lice.

  • Evelyn
    Evelyn
    1/6/2010 2:04 PM

    I have read about, and battled, head lice and I've never heard before that a frequent type of transmission is that lice are hanging around on your coat collar and going to the next coat when they can. Is there any documentation to this assertion? Or are there any references to the claims made about usage and results in Holland? All I found while searching came from the company's own web site, which repeats the assertions but doesn't provide references.

    Research in this country I thought indicated that head lice cannot live very long off your hair so they will not leave your scalp most of the time. The most frequent form of transmission is assumed to be hair to hair contact, from leaning into or hugging another person.

    See http://www.safe2use.com/pests/lice/headlice.htm

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/headlice.html

    It's not impossible that they could transmit by coats, but I'm surprised to hear the Dutch are invested in this costly prevention scheme, and I'm wondering if they are fighting a different type of head lice, or perhaps body lice.

  • Mariana
    Mariana – Special Guest
    1/6/2010 2:40 PM

    Hi Ev,

    No, they are fighting head lice. Lice can live of the scalp for 24 hours easily. That's why you have to clean your whole house and change the bed linens, towels, stuffed animals,etc after an infestation.That's why kids shouldn't share hats, scarfs,combs etc. I presume you do not speak Dutch but there's a lot of references from schools on the Dutch site. When coats hang next to one and other the lice have ample time to crawl around. Most people understand this principle since they very often put garbage bags over coats when there's an outbreak. Problem with that is that there's a hole from where the hanger is. This makes this solution unreliable since lice ALWAYS crawl up to the light. The Bug Bag is hermetically sealed on the top. As for the price: a bottle of lice shampoo costs the same and is extremely unhealthy for your child not to mention the amount of time it takes to clean your whole house and comb the nits for at least a week. The Bug Bag lasts for years so if you look at it over a 5 year period it costs less than $4.40 a year. I can assure you that I would have paid a lot more to prevent my child from going thru this experience (twice).

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2010 2:42 PM

    @Ev - this is a good discussion to have, thank you for bringing it up!

  • Mariana
    Mariana – Special Guest
    1/6/2010 2:46 PM

    PS. Here's part of an article that appeared in the Daily News.

    As you can see the NY Board of Ed verify that the coat issue is a problem.

    " The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 6 and 12 million children ages 3 to 11 get head lice each year. Lice are spread by head to head contact with infested individuals, or they hitch a ride onto a new head on clothing, combs, brushes and backbacks. They can crawl, but they can't jump or fly. They like clean hair better than dirty hair, and they like short hair as well as long hair.

    Lice love a welcoming environment, which is why they thrive in schools.

    In public schools here, where the official estimate is that more than 5 percent of the students have lice at any one time, the year-old lice policy states that kids are only barred from class if they have lice, but they can go to class with nits (the lice eggs).

    So far, there's no big outbreak this year, says Department of Education spokesperson Margie Feinberg. "Usually we don't get calls till the winter when the kids start wearing heavy coats," she says. "Lice seem to like those heavy coats."

  • Glenn
    Glenn
    1/6/2010 3:31 PM

    This is the best item we have found to prevent lice.

    We showed it to other parents at one of the PTA events and now we are going to order for the entire Class. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    Thanks!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    1/7/2010 6:46 AM

    This would make a great PTA fundraiser. Why not have the kids sell/buy bug bags instead of magazines or wrapping paper we don't need?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/7/2010 10:49 AM

    @Deb, that's a fabulous idea!

  • Mariana
    Mariana – Special Guest
    1/7/2010 9:21 PM

    @Deb That IS a great idea. Never thought about it like that. Also sell BBs instead all the bakesales.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Bug Bag

Nylon Tent - Keeps Lice Out

Put a Lid on Lice

There’s a four-letter word that strikes fear and panic in parents, school nurses, teachers and everybody else who has ever had to deal with its aftermath: L-I-C-E. No one is immune from these creepy crawlers that all too often infiltrate classrooms and other kid havens. We’ve found a tool that can help prevent lice from spreading. Widely used in Europe and recommended by the Dutch Department of Health, the Bug Bag is an easy way to protect your family from lice.

The Bug Bag is a brightly colored nylon tent that you
place over your child’s coat when it’s hanging in a closet or locker. With its hermetically sealed top, the bag provides a simple but effective way to prevent lice from crawling from one coat to another, which is the most common way head lice spreads among children. The Bug Bag was created in Amsterdam by product designer and mom Kirsti Järvinen, who knows firsthand how torturous it is to delouse a child and house. It has been used in Europe for a decade, and now the Bug Bag has arrived on our shores — just in time to fight the latest waves of pesticide-resistant super lice. We want to help spread the word about the Bug Bag because, let’s face it, the only thing we want our kids to bring home from school is homework. Read More Read Less
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mariana
    Mariana

    I decided to import the Bug Bag after my son came home from school with head lice. As you know head lice remains a huge problem in many schools.

    I did what everyone in the U.S. does and treated him with the necessary shampoos, headcombs, turned my house upside down and cut off my son’s beautiful curls. All of this was a very traumatic experience for both my son and us.

    A month later I went to Holland to visit my family. They were all amazed that I cut his hair off. When I told my friends the reason, they all asked if I was using the Bug Bag. I had never heard of it and didn’t know there was anything like it.

    The Bug Bag was invented by a Dutch mom who is also a product designer. After her son came home with head lice the second time, she decided to study the problem. She then made a prototype of the Bug Bag and took it to her son’s school AND the Department of Health. They decided to try the BB and as a result it is being used in over 50% of all schools in The Netherlands for the last decade and it has drastically diminished the cases of head lice.

    The principle is as follows: Head lice ALWAYS crawl up. In schools, coats hang next to each other all day and lice have ample time to crawl from collar to collar. By creating a barrier that is, however, easy to use for children, lice is prevented to crawl from garment to garment.

    I am available to answer any questions you have.

  • Jerry Joseph
    Jerry Joseph
    1/6/2010 12:27 PM

    Hi;

    I purchased your product from the show in Chicago last year and my son has been using it. Other kids in his class have been infected but he no longer has had any problems.

    Thank you - I recommended it to the nurse in our school and she tells parents to buy it

  • Laura
    Laura
    1/6/2010 12:28 PM

    Brilliant, just brilliant!

  • Anne van Maanen
    Anne van Maanen
    1/6/2010 12:54 PM

    The bug bag is great!! Lice used to be, though we didn't like to admit it, a great problem in our school. I am a teacher and since we've been using the bug bag our children live their life lice-free!

    WE LOVE IT! And because of the great colors, it looks great too!

    Thanks Bug Bag!

  • michael katz
    michael katz
    1/6/2010 12:58 PM

    I LOVE this prophylactic!

    our sons class was plagued with lice but after the school started using BugBags we have not had an occurrence for a year now.

    i highly recommend this product!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2010 1:06 PM

    Thanks everyone for stopping by to share your experiences.

    Another interesting tidbit about this product is with Mariana herself. Mariana is in real life a model and the Runway Coach of the Reality TV series Holland's Next Top Model, Benelux Next TopModel and Norway's Next TopModel.

    Inspirational ideas can strike anyone anywhere! Mariana, we're glad that you pursued introducing this product to America.

  • Kate
    Kate
    1/6/2010 1:13 PM

    I have been very naive! Because I have a boy - who doesn't share combs, hair clips, hats, etc...I thought we were somewhat immune to this issue. But thinking about their winter coats hanging together on hooks jammed in like sardines, I realize we haven't been immune, just lucky. I'm going to have to pass this one around to his class!

  • nancy
    nancy
    1/6/2010 1:15 PM

    I'm a teacher and the kids in my class just decorated the labels on their own new bug bags this morning! It looks fabulous and they love hanging up their coats now! byebye lice!

  • Mariana
    Mariana
    1/6/2010 1:45 PM

    Thanks Katherine,

    It's funny, I never intended to start a business but I completely believe in this product and don't want other parents to go thru the head lice nightmare our family went thru. If it had been available then, we might never have had to go thru all the trouble, trauma en expense of head lice.

  • Evelyn
    Evelyn
    1/6/2010 2:04 PM

    I have read about, and battled, head lice and I've never heard before that a frequent type of transmission is that lice are hanging around on your coat collar and going to the next coat when they can. Is there any documentation to this assertion? Or are there any references to the claims made about usage and results in Holland? All I found while searching came from the company's own web site, which repeats the assertions but doesn't provide references.

    Research in this country I thought indicated that head lice cannot live very long off your hair so they will not leave your scalp most of the time. The most frequent form of transmission is assumed to be hair to hair contact, from leaning into or hugging another person.

    See http://www.safe2use.com/pests/lice/headlice.htm

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/headlice.html

    It's not impossible that they could transmit by coats, but I'm surprised to hear the Dutch are invested in this costly prevention scheme, and I'm wondering if they are fighting a different type of head lice, or perhaps body lice.

  • Mariana
    Mariana – Special Guest
    1/6/2010 2:40 PM

    Hi Ev,

    No, they are fighting head lice. Lice can live of the scalp for 24 hours easily. That's why you have to clean your whole house and change the bed linens, towels, stuffed animals,etc after an infestation.That's why kids shouldn't share hats, scarfs,combs etc. I presume you do not speak Dutch but there's a lot of references from schools on the Dutch site. When coats hang next to one and other the lice have ample time to crawl around. Most people understand this principle since they very often put garbage bags over coats when there's an outbreak. Problem with that is that there's a hole from where the hanger is. This makes this solution unreliable since lice ALWAYS crawl up to the light. The Bug Bag is hermetically sealed on the top. As for the price: a bottle of lice shampoo costs the same and is extremely unhealthy for your child not to mention the amount of time it takes to clean your whole house and comb the nits for at least a week. The Bug Bag lasts for years so if you look at it over a 5 year period it costs less than $4.40 a year. I can assure you that I would have paid a lot more to prevent my child from going thru this experience (twice).

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/6/2010 2:42 PM

    @Ev - this is a good discussion to have, thank you for bringing it up!

  • Mariana
    Mariana – Special Guest
    1/6/2010 2:46 PM

    PS. Here's part of an article that appeared in the Daily News.

    As you can see the NY Board of Ed verify that the coat issue is a problem.

    " The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 6 and 12 million children ages 3 to 11 get head lice each year. Lice are spread by head to head contact with infested individuals, or they hitch a ride onto a new head on clothing, combs, brushes and backbacks. They can crawl, but they can't jump or fly. They like clean hair better than dirty hair, and they like short hair as well as long hair.

    Lice love a welcoming environment, which is why they thrive in schools.

    In public schools here, where the official estimate is that more than 5 percent of the students have lice at any one time, the year-old lice policy states that kids are only barred from class if they have lice, but they can go to class with nits (the lice eggs).

    So far, there's no big outbreak this year, says Department of Education spokesperson Margie Feinberg. "Usually we don't get calls till the winter when the kids start wearing heavy coats," she says. "Lice seem to like those heavy coats."

  • Glenn
    Glenn
    1/6/2010 3:31 PM

    This is the best item we have found to prevent lice.

    We showed it to other parents at one of the PTA events and now we are going to order for the entire Class. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    Thanks!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    1/7/2010 6:46 AM

    This would make a great PTA fundraiser. Why not have the kids sell/buy bug bags instead of magazines or wrapping paper we don't need?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/7/2010 10:49 AM

    @Deb, that's a fabulous idea!

  • Mariana
    Mariana – Special Guest
    1/7/2010 9:21 PM

    @Deb That IS a great idea. Never thought about it like that. Also sell BBs instead all the bakesales.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.