How to Protect Your Kids from Head Lice in School

By Administrator  |  Monday, September 19, 2011  |  ,  |  Leave comment

head checkKids are heading back to school, and for parents back-to-school can be just as tough as it is for their children. Schedule juggling, school supply lists, reviewing school information, and more can become overwhelming. One thing you don't want to deal with is a head lice infestation in your child's school; or worse, discovering that your child has lice.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, head lice are a cause of "high level anxiety among parents of school-aged children." Here are some tips to help relieve the anxiety and help you prepare in the event head lice reaches close to home:

  • It is often beneficial to stay updated with the child's school as lice outbreaks are usually reported to school nurses and administrators first.
  • Teach children to avoid sharing personal items at school such as hairbrushes, combs, hats, scarves, helmets, pillows, and sleeping bags.
  • Check to see if your child's school has a "no-nits" policy. This school policy helps control an infestation and keeps children at home until all nits are removed.
  • The best way to catch an infestation early and treat it is to recognize the signs and symptoms. The most common sign of head lice infestation is an itchy scalp and small red bumps or sores on the back of the neck.
  • Periodically check the heads of family members for lice and eggs. A fine-tooth stainless steel nit comb is a great tool for going through hair to check for an infestation.

If an outbreak does occur, treat with a safe, non-toxic head lice treatment such as Licefreee! Gel or Licefreee! Spray.  These products are specially formulated to effectively kill head lice and their eggs without the use of harmful pesticides. Be sure to follow up your head lice treatment by cleaning up after the infestation. This is an important step in treating and preventing recurring head lice outbreaks.

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