Head lice has long been a problem, especially during the school year. Head lice is contagious because the lice can crawl from on person to the other. It can spread quickly throughout the school if it isn’t caught early on. There are things you can teach your children that will prevent them from getting head lice. It will ultimately be the child’s responsibility to follow through with the suggestions. It is important to stress to the children what can happen if they don’t follow the suggestions.
How parents can help prevent head lice spread:
Combs and Brushes- Kids don’t really think about sharing their combs and brushes with their friends. This is one of the best ways for them to get head lice though. It is very important that you teach your children why they shouldn’t share brushes and combs. Lice will easily get on combs and brushes and transfer to the person who uses the brush or comb next.
Grooming- Make sure that your child stays well groomed. That means making sure that his/her head is clean by making sure he/she washes his/her hair every night. Making sure that your child is taking care of him/herself will help keep head lice problems to a minimum. Staying neat and clean isn’t just about how a person looks, it’s about keeping them healthy.
Short Hair- Keeping your child’s hair short can help keep the chance of him/her getting lice. People with long hair are more likely to get lice and for it to spread further. Lice tend to be able to cling to longer hair easier than shorter hair. That doesn’t mean that you have to make your daughter look like a boy, but the longer her hair, the bigger chance she will have of getting head lice.
Clothing- Teach your children not to share hats, scarves or anything else that might come in close contact with the hair or head of your child. This is another area that you will need to teach your children what can happen if they do these things. A good way to drive the point home is to look up a site that has photographs of head lice on it and show it to the kids. That should be enough to make them realize it isn’t something they want to happen to them.
Tea Tree Oil- Lice don’t like tea tree oil and therefore, this is the perfect way to prevent lice. Use tea tree oil in the hair, on clothing, bedding and anything else that might be breeding grounds for lice. You can use the tree oil in several different ways including a mixture of ten drops of oil to every two ounces of water and placing in a spray bottle. You can then squirt the mixture on whatever you wish to prevent lice from infesting. You can also add a few drops to your shampoos, conditioners and even hairspray. Lice will stay far away from anything with tree oil in it.
These are the best ways to prevent lice from infesting your children. The above information should especially be heeded during the school year when it is more likely for your children to be around others who have head lice. Your child cannot get lice from the likes of a dog or other animals. It is human to human contact that causes human lice.