Head lice know how to prevent in children

03 Apr Head lice know how to prevent in children

It is estimated that 6-12 million infestations occur in the US each year among children 3-11 years of age. Head lice are a very common problem, are highly contagious, annoying and sometimes tough to eradicate. The following information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will help you check for, treat, and prevent the spread of head lice.

How head lice spread

It is uncommon for lice to be transmitted through contact with personal items or fabric items used by a person infested with head lice. However, it is sensible to avoid sharing brushes, combs, headbands, headphones, towels, clothing or hats with anyone who has an active infestation of head lice. An infestation of head lice is not the result of dirty hair or poor hygiene – all hair types can be affected regardless of length and condition. Head lice can only affect humans – they cannot be passed on to animals or caught from them – cats, dogs and other non-human animals do not play a role in the spread of head lice.

Common symptoms

 Itching is the most common symptom of head lice infestation.
 Tickling or a sensation of something moving in the hair
 Irritability and difficulty sleeping
 Sores on the head from scratching.


Check with your child’s doctor first before beginning any head lice treatment.

Protect yourself

Don’t share personal items such as hats, scarves, hair accessories, and combs with people—especially those who have head lice. Give each family member their own bedding, towels, and hairbrushes to prevent the spread of head lice.

What causes head lice to begin?

They are a living creature that has it natural and normal home on us, humans. We are just another animal and some things are adapted to live on us as their host and food source. It sound yucky to us but Nature works that way, everything has a natural place to live that suits it perfectly, for head lice it is us!
Cleanliness has nothing to do with catching head lice; anyone could have head lice regardless of their cleanliness.

Be alert

o Watch for signs of head lice. Check your children every few days if head lice are reported at their school. Lice are easier to eliminate if caught early.
o Teach your children not to share hats, head-gear, scarves, headphones and grooming items (combs, hairbrushes, etc.) and to avoid direct head-to-head contact.
o Kill lice on bedding, clothes, etc., wash and dry them as you would ordinarily. Never add any pesticide. Vacuum materials that cannot be washed.
o Cooperate with your school’s head lice policy. Your child may be temporarily excluded from the school, but the policy helps avoid widespread lice outbreaks.

o If you are concerned about head lice on carpets or furniture, vacuum them thoroughly.
o To kill lice on brushes, combs or hair accessories, wash them with hot, soapy water.

Lice can be manually removed

Work in a well lighted area or use a flashlight and hand lens.
Use a grooming comb or hairbrush to remove tangles. A hair detangler spray or other hair conditioner may aid in this process.
Divide the hair into sections and fasten off the hair that is not being worked on. Use a lice comb to detect and remove lice and nits.

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