Back to School Tips: How to Avoid Lice
There are approximately 12 million cases of lice infestation in the United States each year. While there is no peak season for lice, the cases of infestation tend to rise as kids return to school after summer break.
Lice can be transmitted through the sharing of brushes, hats, coats, and other accessories that come in contact with the head, but they are mainly spread through head to head contact (ex. selfies, sharing iPads, sitting on school buses). Girls are more likely to get lice than boys because girls usually have longer hair, which makes it easier for the louse to make the transfer.
It’s not an option to home-school every child or put them in quarantine to keep them from everyday social activities, but there are a few methods of prevention that might reduce the risk.
The number one way to prevent head lice is to avoid head to head contact. With head lice mainly being spread from head to head, personal space is a must. Teaching personal space to a young child can be tough but will highly decrease their chances of picking up lice.
Check your child once a week. The key to head lice is if your child ever gets it, you want to catch it early. The earlier you catch lice the easier it will be on the family. You will prevent others in the family from getting it and it will make the removal process less painstaking. Visual checks are good but we recommend checking with a good lice comb. A quick five minute check once a week will save you time, money, and your sanity.
Keep long hair tied up in ponytails - or even better; braids or a bun.
Use a little hairspray to keep stray hairs contained.
Using tea tree oil or other lice preventatives will help deter them but nothing is guaranteed. We have come across too many cases where people have used repellants and still ended up with lice. This is why we stress personal space and no head to head contact.
Educate your kids on what to do to avoid getting lice and the symptoms of lice; like scratching.
Don’t share hair items. Brushes, hats, head bands, hair accessories. It is unlikely a child will pick up head lice this way but it is a possibility.
Parents should be alert to the common sign of head lice: scratching the head. Although not every kid will itch from head lice, it is the most common indicator. Watch for children who are scratching or who might even wake up at night saying their head is itchy. Pay attention to kids who are visiting and watch to see if they are scratching their scalps as this could indicate a case of head lice.
Simplicety is here to help you with your lice treatment needs, especially since many over the counter products have been proven to be ineffective. Simplicety uses an “All Natural” lice removal process. We work with many area hospitals and are recommended by pediatricians in the Tri-State area. We offer a 100% guarantee that you will be free of lice after our treatment.
“During my three decades as a pediatrician, I am always drawn to treatments that correct an illness without potentially causing other problems. By not using chemicals or medications, Simplicety is one of those treatments. I have encouraged many patients to use the Simplicety method to control lice. My patients and I could not be happier with the results.”
Christopher F. Boling, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Associates, PSC Crestview Hills, KY
For information on our services, please visit our website at www.simplicety.com or call us at 859-414-6487.
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