Many parents associate the school year with a higher risk for getting lice, and there is certainly truth to this. In any place where a wide variety of children can be found, you can be sure to find head lice.
As summer comes to an end, you may be worried about how to best prevent your child from getting lice. However, if your child has been doing normal summer-related activities, such as taking trips to the pool or going to sleepovers, then there is a chance that your child has already been in situations where getting lice is a common factor.
For example, a common cause of getting lice in the summertime is through sharing towels at the pool.
So, now is as good a time as any to teach your child the importance of avoiding lice, and, in the unfortunate case of getting lice, how to respond.
How to Prevent Your Kid From Getting Lice
Practical advice is to avoid using hats, combs, furniture, or other items that a person with lice has recently used.
Not sharing clothing like hats or other items, such as hairbrushes, with other children is a key for preventing lice.
If other kids have come to your house, who may have had lice, be sure to clean up after they leave, especially with the vacuum.
Frequently washing your children’s clothes can also be helpful as well, especially once they go to school and are in contact with other children. A good habit to get in is having your children change clothes once they get back from school.
Speaking of contact with other children: Make sure your kids are avoiding head-to-head contact with other kids, as that is the number-one cause for catching lice.
What to Do If Your Kid Gets Lice
Lice are creepy, crawly things, and can make us creep out. Our hair is an intimate place on our body, and realizing that lice are in there can be an upsetting experience. However, many parents and kids alike do not realize that it is a quicker fix than it ought to be. In fact, the CDC recommends missing as little class as possible when diagnosed with lice.
If your child is in school when given a lice diagnosis, the best thing to do is wait for school to be over, then go to Nit Wits for a lice screening.
Our treatments are quick, effective, and will have your child back in school in no time!
Also, if you continue to see nits (i.e., lice eggs) in your kids’ hair after treatment, be sure to check to see if there are any live lice, as nits can sometimes persist after treatment, although the lice themselves are more or less dead.
Expert Lice Care from Nit Wits
If you are looking for at-home lice care tools, or need lice treatment or a diagnosis, then be sure to get in touch with us today, and we will help you get lice-free as soon as possible!