How to Prevent Head Lice

School has started!

The summer flew by too fast, so I personally can’t believe the kids are already back, but they are!

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As every parent knows, as soon as school starts, that’s when the notes start coming home with the “strep warnings, pink eye warnings and lice warnings.” Last year lice seemed to be happening all the time. With boys, it’s a little easier because their hair is so short, but still… it was gross thinking that lice could be lurking.

I started doing a little bit of research as to how to prevent head lice from happening so I won’t have to worry so much.

So what can you do?

Here are some quick tips that you can keep in mind when it comes to preventing head lice in your house and these are important to share with your kids.

1) Make sure you’re not sharing –

  • combs and brushes
  • hair clips and accessories
  • hats and bike helmets
  • scarves and coats
  • towels
  • headsets and earbuds
  • swim caps
  • hooded sweatshirts

2) If you get a notice home that there’s a case of head lice, make sure you start inspecting your child’s hair immediately for little white eggs. The quicker you find something, the easier it will be to combat.

3) Make sure you’re not reusing the same towels at home over and over at showers. Wash them frequently.

4) Make sure you’re child isn’t doing much head-to-head contact with kids. Laying on mats, sharing sleeping bags, anything that would require head-to-head contact. This is one of the first thing I remember learning as a kid when lice was going around in our school.

5) Some people suggest that over-the-counter remedies can help prevent head lice like – rosemary, lemongrass, tea tree, citronella, and eucalyptus. *This was found on healthline.com

6) If you hear it’s going around, wash all bed linens and clothing that’s been recently worn by anyone in your home  if anyone’s been close to someone infested with lice in very hot water (130° F [54.4° C]), then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer for at least 20 minutes. *From KidsHealth.org

7) Hairspray and gel are good to products to use (especially for boys) to prevent head lice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Prevent Head Lice was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by Audrey McClelland
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