To have lice can often be dreadful. The lice infestation is a common topic to ponder on, especially if you have school going children. We offer you tips from professionals to help keep your family lice free:
- Never share items that touch the head
It is the most obvious tip to be observed, but the least done too. Head lice spreads through either direct head to head contact with an infested person, or simply by using items that may have touched the person’s head. Thus, if you have kids, train them to not share helmets, hats, scarves, headbands, brushes, or combs with their friends or kin at school. Anything that touches one person’s head shouldn’t touch another to keep your child and other safe from lice infestation.
- Avoid Shared Spaces
Wondering how your kids got lice when you were careful of not letting them share items at school and avoid head to head contact? It is as essential to ask your child to not share a locker or cubby with friends as any items like a comb or a hat from an infested person may have nits or lice which can then get transferred to another person’s belongings. Hence, scarves, combs, hats, and coats, alongside other clothing and personal items must all be kept separately.
- The star method
It often seems impossibly difficult to have children avoid contact as they play or cuddle, especially at a sleepover. However, lice may get maximum time to transfer as the kids sleep. To tackle the problem, you may have the kids sleep in a circle, their feet touching in the middle instead of their heads. Known as the star method, his way will help their heads remain at a safe distance from others, thus minimizing chances of contracting lice.
- Catch it early
The earlier you catch a lice infestation, the easier it will be to control it. Be aware of the symptoms or signs associated with having lice, like a rash on the neck, excessive itching, small bloody bumps on the scalp or simply an irritated scalp. If you often notice your child scratching the scalp, neck, or behind the ears, perform a thorough check to be sure whether or not he has lice.
- Act quickly
If lice infestation is discovered at school, often a notice is sent to the parents of the child and of other children to avoid the infestation from spreading. Often parents believe that it’s not their kid so they shouldn’t be bothered, however, the purpose of the notice is to have you check whether your child too has contracted lice from the person infested. Check for sores from scratching or blood sucking on the scalp and neck and be on the lookout for nits close to the scalp. Using a nit comb or a fine-toothed comb will help trap the live head lice in the teeth and put it through the hair, away from the scalp. The sooner you discover you’ve had an infestation, the easier it will be to treat it.
- Proactive defense
Like they say, better safe than sorry. Try using products like daily use defence shampoo and conditioner or anti lice hair oil to avoid an infestation even before it starts. There are a number of all-natural, non-toxic, daily use shampoos in the market that help kill stray lice without using any chemical pesticides. Replace your usual shampoo with it to be safe from lice without adding extra hair care steps. If you are skeptical about using an off the shelf lice defense shampoo regularly, you may opt to add a few drops of tea tree oil to regular shampoo to have the same effect and curb lice infestations.
- It is not the end of the world
Panicking or chastising and humiliating the child for having lice will do no good. If at all lice does infest your child’s head, remember that lice effects over 12 million children annually in the US and is thus not something rare to panic about. All you need to do is to find non-toxic and safe anti-lice products that helps treat and defend against lice infestations without having to use pesticide for treating your child’s head.
Try to get rid of the misconception that having lice reflects on poor personal or family hygiene. Lice infestation can happen anywhere, hence try and combat the infestation than panic over it.