Head Lice Prevention Tips
No one wants to think about these nasty little critters, but let’s face it if you have a grade school aged child lice should be on your radar. There’s no 100% guarantee your child will not come home itching and scratching with a case of lice. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid it.
- It’s not okay to share.
Remind your children it is not always a good policy to share! Teach good habits that avoid sharing any item that comes in direct contact with hair like combs, brushes, hair accessories, bath towels, hats, and bike helmets. Headsets and ear buds also touch the head – do not share these either.
- Store stuff separately.
Do not store scarves and coats together. If you child has a cubby or locker at school, remind them to store their winter clothing there and not in a pile on the playground. Practice this even at home as well.
- Don’t go head-to-head.
Avoid games and play where children touch heads or go arm and arm. If your child takes a nap at school, remind them to stay o their own mat and do not share pillow or plush toys.
- Get a little dirty!
That’s right! Lice love clean hair. Try spraying your child’s hair with hairspray before they leave for school. Or add a little gel or styling products. You can also try an over the counter lice prevention spray. Many are homeopathic and contain rosemary, lemongrass, tea tree and citronella. Since lice are bugs, so they are naturally deterred by these scents.
- Have fun with up-dos.
Lice need a way to attach to the scalp. Wearing the hair up is a natural way to keep long hair inaccessible to these little hitchhikers. Braids and buns work best.
- Once a week, take a peek.
Regular checking for head lice can identify a new case early. Look around the ear, nape of the neck and especially the crown of the head, as these are common areas for lice to be found.
If you or a family member does contract head lice, don’t panic. This very common condition has nothing to do with cleanliness and it can be treated without the use of pesticides. Millions of North Americans have a head lice experience every year. A whole range of treatments is available at your local salon supply stores and drug stores.