Head lice infestation can occur during any time of the year, however, the problem significantly increases when students go back to school. Having head lice is an uncomfortable issue, but more common that one might think. Luckily there are certain measures people can take to prevent and treat head lice!
Head lice prevention starts with educating children on lice and the preventative measures they can take. Encourage students to avoid head to head contact with other students and sharing items that have been on someone else's hair, such as combs, brushes, hats, scarves, and towels. Watch out for unusual itching and conduct routine screenings, the “NPA suggests after bath time and before bed as good times for parents to regularly check their children’s hair.”
There are plenty of over-the-counter treatments, delousing shampoos, and prescription treatments for head lice removal. To safely treat a head lice infestation, read the treatment label to ensure there are no ingredients your child is allergic to or that can cause an allergic reaction, and consult your Doctor.
Once you have a treatment, make sure to follow the directions exactly as instructed so head lice are effectively removed. Some treatments and shampoos do not target nits (lice eggs). If that is the case, use a nit comb to remove nits and their shells after you are done with the treatment.
Disinfect bed sheets, pillowcases, hats, and all areas where you might place your head and conduct regular screenings for the next couple of weeks to ensure all head lice and nits are gone! And, don’t forget to notify the school to ensure that staff monitors students and prevents further spread of head lice among other children.
**Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of medical professionals. If you are dealing with a health issue such as lice, please consult your physician before taking any steps to eliminate the issue.