Kids 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
- Teach children to avoid sharing personal items at school such
as hairbrushes, combs, hats, scarves, helmets, pillows, and
- 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
- 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.