It’s that time of year again. You are purchasing school supplies, new clothes and preparing your child for the next grade in school. Soon they will have a new teacher, new classroom and annual school health checks.
School health checks can typically involve testing vision and hearing, and searching for head lice. It is very common for children returning to school to bring in the head lice they picked up over the summer. See our post “Why head lice outbreaks increase after the holiday break”.
In an effort to avoid the “dreaded lice letter”, here are a few tips to help prevent head lice from hitching a ride home on your child:
- Teach your children to avoid sharing personal items that touch their heads such as hair accessories, hats, or headbands with other children at school.
- If possible, have your child hang their coat on their own coat hook instead of placing on top of another’s child coat in the classroom. It is best to keep coats and hats out of the community storage area if possible.
- If your child plays sports that require a helmet, avoid sharing helmets with other children.
- Pull girls hair back into pony tails or braids to help avoid coming in contact with other children’s hair. Lice do not fly or jump, but can run from hair to hair very quickly.
- Change your child’s daily shampoo to Licefreee Everyday Shampoo which helps prevent head lice infestation, especially if you have been notified of a head lice outbreak at school.
- Periodically check your child’s head for lice or watch for signs of a head lice infestation so you can catch it early. A successful head check includes starting at the nape of the neck and behind the ears and working forward. Use a nit comb to check the hair section by section under a bright light.
If an outbreak does occur, treat with an over-the-counter head lice treatment making sure to take it slow and follow all directions completely. We recommend using Licefreee Spray or Licefreee Gel as a safer alternative to traditional pesticide treatments.
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