With the new school year right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about lice. Yes, lice. Those nasty little creatures that find their way into children's hair and then refuse to leave. When it comes to lice, they are equal opportunity pests. They'll attach themselves to any type of hair, whether it's clean or dirty, long or short. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of your child bringing the pests home. Here are three steps you can take to keep lice away.
Create a No-Share Zone
Kids love to share things, especially with their friends. Unfortunately, there are some things that kids share that can increase the risk of lice transfer. Before your kids head off to school this year, be sure to teach them about the no-share zone. The no-share zone teaches your kids to avoid sharing anything that goes on, or near, the head. This includes the following items:
- Brushes and combs
- Hair bands
Conduct Daily Inspections
You never know when your kids are going to come in contact with someone who has lice. Unfortunately, that means they could be bringing lice into your home without you knowing it. The best way to stop a lice attack in its tracks is to catch the problem quickly. That's where the daily inspections come in handy. When your kids come home from school, take a few minutes and brush through their hair. Use a magnifying glass and fine-toothed comb – or lice comb – to inspect their hair. This will allow you to catch the lice before they have a chance to lay eggs and create a hard-to-control mess for you.
Change Clothes Quickly
Lice can be transferred onto your child by close contact with someone who's infested. Sometimes, lice can transfer onto clothing and hang on until they come in contact with hair. To make sure your kids don't bring lice into your home on their clothing, be sure to have them change into play clothes as soon as they get home. Be sure to have them change in the bathroom and place their clothing in the dirty clothes hamper. This will contain any loose lice in the hamper until you can do laundry.
Now that school is about to start again, be prepared for the lice outbreaks. The simple tips provided here will help reduce your child's chances of developing a raging case of head lice this year.