Did you know that part of your kids back to school routine should be lice prevention and treatment?
Children get head lice anytime and anywhere, and when they’re at school it’s the perfect breeding ground. Many schools in the UK have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to children with nits, which results in the children being excluded until the problem has been dealt with. That can add up to a lot of missed school days considering lice can live up to two weeks.
Knowing the right prevention methods needed to stop your child from catching head lice is very helpful. Be sure to talk to your children about prevention as well.
Here is some advice on minimising the chances of your children getting head lice, and what to do if your children does become infested.
• Don’t share personal items like hats, scarves, towels, headphones or earbuds.
• Avoid activities which use head to head contact.
• Tie up long hair into a ponytail. Use a little hair spray to keep any loose hair in place.
• Shared lockers, desks etc. are a breeding ground for lice, so make sure to watch out for any shared spaces.
• Use over the counter treatment medications; it should be in the form of a shampoo.
• Make sure to follow the directions carefully on the lice medication. If you don’t, you could end up spending more time and money on getting the proper treatment.
• Comb your child’s hair very well. Keep combing and combing it with a flea comb to get as many eggs and lice out of it as possible.
• You will more than likely need a second treatment, so make sure to buy enough for two courses.
• Wash all of your child’s clothing they’ve worn whilst they’ve had the head lice. Wash their bedding too in hot water within 48 hours to stop the lice from spreading. You can put stuffed animals in the dryer for 30 minutes to kill any nits hiding on them.
• Boil or sterilise your combs, hair brushes and hair accessories.
• Purchase a lice spray to use on your furniture, mattresses, and any other upholstered items your child may have been in contact with (car seats).
Prevention is key when it comes to lice or any other type of pest. Follow these guidelines, and remember to take precautions to avoid spreading lice.