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
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
- 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 girl's 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.