Head Lice Treatment
It’s time for back to school! While parents jump for joy and students say goodbye to their summer vacation, hidden parasites await them at school. Head lice are parasitic insects found on the head, hair shaft and sometimes the body. They feed on blood, but do not spread disease or illness. They are mostly an inconvenience that is capable of quickly infesting.
How Do Head Lice Spread?
Lice are spread by person-to-person contact. This is why it is so easy for your child to get lice at school. While students study, play and walk through hallways in close proximity they are at risk. The social network craze has also increased the risk since many children are leaning their heads next to each other to capture a picture. Lice is also spread through sharing brushes, combs, hats and scarfs.
Tips to Prevent Lice
- Avoid hair-to-hair contact with others
- Be especially careful at school, slumber parties and playgrounds
- Don’t share clothing with others such as barrettes, hair ribbons, sports uniforms, scarves, hats, combs and brushes
- Disinfect brushes and combs on a regular basis by soaking them in hot water for about five to ten minutes
- Wash clothing, pillow cases, throw blankets and bed linens in hot water
- If someone in your home is infected with lice, do not lie on couches, beds, pillows, carpet or stuffed animals
- Vacuum the furniture and floor regularly
- Avoid use of fumigants since they are not necessary
Teaching Your Children about Lice
Since almost every child experiences head lice at least once in their life, it is wise to teach your children about lice. This is a topic you will want to address before the first day of school or as soon as possible. You don’t want to scare your children, but if you just tell them not to share their brush, comb, scarf or hat with their friends, they may not understand the consequences. However, giving your child details about lice and stating that lice is the purpose they need to take measures to prevent themselves from getting it, it will help your child follow your instructions with urgency.
Tips for Discussing Head Lice with Your Children
- Have a sit down conversation about lice
- Discuss how your child could get lice
- Explain the process of how to get rid of lice in detail so your child understands the process they will have to go through
- Give them rules such as avoiding head-to-head contact with others and resisting the temptation to share their coat, hat, scarf, brush and other personal items with their friends
- Show your child a picture of lice and nits
- Teach your child to avoid contact with classmates or friends that scratch their head frequently, since this could be a sign of lice
- Advise your child to tell you immediately if they think they have lice or if their friends have lice
Alerting Others about Head Lice
Parents may feel ashamed to learn that their child has lice and may think that it has something to do with hygiene. This is not true, so please put your worries to the side. Lice are happy to infect any human scalp whether it is washed on a daily basis or less. Lice are simply looking for a food source and they happily find it in school age children. This doesn’t mean that adults can’t get lice, they can, but it is usually contracted from their lice infested child.
As soon as you learn that your child has lice you will want to try your best to remember where your child spent time over the past ten days and what friends they visited. This is not to place blame on others, it is basically to know who you need to contact to alert them that lice may have spread to others.
For example, if your child has participated in a sporting event, slumber party, birthday party, pool party or any occasion where they were around a group of children. You will need to contact the parents of the children to alert them that their child may have lice too. While you might feel embarrassed, make it easy on yourself by just sending a quick, polite email or text message. You will also want to alert your child’s school or contact the teacher to let him or her know of the situation.
By alerting others you are taking an active approach to preventing lice from spreading. If you allow the situation to go undetected, the lice infestation will go from child to child and it will continue to be a repetitive circle, causing your child to possibly get reoccurring lice infestations.
Super Lice on the Rise
A new strain of resistant lice has developed. It is known as super lice and/or mutant lice. This resistant lice came about due to overuse of over-the-counter-lice treatments containing chemicals and pesticides. These treatments have made head lice stronger than ever. These conventional head lice treatments may no longer get rid of lice and nits.
If your child does get lice, act immediately! Use a natural lice treatment such as ClearLice that will get rid of lice in one day. This popular head lice treatment is void of poisons, pesticides and harsh chemicals. It has a light peppermint scent that is refreshing and kids love. This natural treatment includes shampoo, conditioner, enzyme laundry additive and household spray. Take lice preventative measures and be prepared to take action quickly this school year!