You can learn how to prevent head lice infestation if you
understand how it occurs in the first place. Although some people
think you can get head lice from being in the mere presence of an
infested person, head lice to do not fly or jump. You must come in
direct contact with a louse for it to transfer to your head.
Common ways head lice are spread include:
- Coming into direct contact with an already infested
person. In schools, it is common for children to transfer
head lice during recess, while riding on the school bus, or during
classroom activities where they sit in close groups together.
- Sharing infested items such as hats, scarves, coats, hair
accessories, hair brushes, or stuffed animals.
- Sitting or lying on a bed, couch, pillow or carpet that that
been infested with head lice.
So what are some head lice prevention steps?
- If children are present in the household, keep in touch with
the local schools as lice outbreaks are usually reported to school
nurses and administrators.
- Teach children to avoid sharing personal items at school, such
as hats, scarves and hair brushes.
- Check the heads of family members periodically for lice and
eggs. Fine-tooth steel nit combs are great tools for going through
hair to check for an infestation. A successful head check includes
starting at the nape of the neck and behind the ears and working
forward. Use the nit comb to check the hair section by section
under a bright light.
- Learn the signs and symptoms
of head lice so you can catch an infestation early and treat
If an outbreak does occur, treat with a pediculicide making sure
to take it slow and follow all directions completely. Carefully
remove all dead lice and nits after treatment with a nit comb. Even
if all lice and eggs appear to be gone, following through with a
second treatment within 7 days and random head checks can prevent