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I never forget the day one of the nieces came home scratching her head and proclaiming that the teacher has asked that she be checked for lice since there was an outbreak in the classroom. Everyone was freaking out and the poor child got so scared that she started to cry while her mom frantically checked her for lice.
Peak lice season can be during the time that kids attend summer camp or through the first month of the school year. Lice outbreaks occur at camp, school, daycare, or centers that offer after-school activities.
How do you Protect your kids from a Head Lice Outbreak?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is estimated that every year about 6 - 12 million kids between the ages of 3 and 23 years old get head lice. So regardless of how clean you keep your children, they can still contract lice from someone else.
Head lice spread either through direct contact with an affected person's hair or through indirect contact with personal items that the affected person has used. Sharing a comb, hats, scarves, pillow or just having an item of clothing on coat racks next to an infected person's garments, allow the lice to crawl from the item of an infected person on to an item of a new host.
- Talk to family members and teach them how head lice are spread.
- Tell younger kids not to share hair accessories
- Tell kids to use their own sports gear and not to share helmets or towels.
- Suggest to look out for people who seem to excessively scratch their head.
- Use a preventive lice care product like Lice Shield - shampoo & conditioner which has been proven to repel lice and "super" lice in Laboratory tests
Benjamin Franklin once said:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
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How to tell if you or a family member have head lice
Lice are parasites that live on the scalp. They are only 3mm long and are hard to spot, but as soon as they start to feed, these bloodsuckers are hard to ignore. Areas, where the lice bite, will start to itch and this is how you can tell if there is a lice infestation ...
- excessive head scratching
- abnormal itching of the scalp
- complaints of a tickling sensation on the scalp
- waking up at night time - since head lice are most active at night time they can cause more irritation during sleep time
- tiny yellowish dots on the shaft of hair strands that are an indication of lice eggs ( also known as nits)
How to treat head lice
As soon as you hear about lice start to brush hair with a fine-toothed comb and use a magnifying glass to look for adult lice and nits. Adult lice are about the size of a small seed and are usually tan or grey colored. Nits look like yellowish small dots.
Look for the bite marks, which will like small red pinpoints or raised dots of inflammation.
- Treat your child’s dry hair with a special liquid head lice medicine called a pediculicide. It’s available as a shampoo or lotion. Some options include pyrethrin, synthetic pyrethrin, or permethrin. Be sure to carefully read the instructions regarding age and usage requirements.
- Have your child put on clean clothes once the treatment is finished.
- Wait 8-12 hours to see if the lice and nits have been killed.
- Use a nit comb (like a flea comb for dogs and cats) to get all the dead eggs and lice out of the hair.
- After being exposed or treated for lice start using Lice Shield care products to repel lice.