Anyone that has suffered from head lice knows all about the embarrassment and annoyance associated with an infestation. Ridding yourself and your home of both adult lice and endless eggs requires time, money, hard work, and a truly meticulous effort.
Unfortunately, young children are the most at risk of a head lice infestation. This is due to being in large groups of peers at school, events, and various locations, as well as being in close contact with several other children on a regular basis.
Rather than waiting for an infestation to reach your child and experience this dreadful and embarrassing problem firsthand, some parents practice preventative strategies. While certain techniques may be somewhat successful, it is important that young children are aware of the risks of developing a head lice infestation. Many easy rules can be applied during school and play which will allow your child to aid in the prevention of head lice, such as:
Don’t Share Clothing Items
Infestations of lice do not stop at the scalp. Advanced cases of lice infestation often include the presence adult lice and eggs on clothing, bedding, furniture, and carpeting.
In order to teach your child to avoid an infestation, it is important that he or she understands that clothing should not be shared with other children – whether it be at school, events, or public places such as parks. This includes the child not sharing his or her clothing with other children or wearing the clothing of other children.
While an advanced infestation often includes all clothing items, it is especially important that children avoid sharing hats, hair ties, barrettes, hair clips, head bands, jackets, coats, scarves, ear muffs, and shirts.
Make Parents Aware of Infestations
In many grade schools, day cares, and preschools, head lice often spreads rather rapidly and can become out of control in a surprisingly short amount of time. This quick ability of head lice to spread to others makes it extremely important for children to inform their parents of any known infestations.
If a child has a friend, school mate, or acquaintance that is suffering from an infestation of head lice, it is absolutely necessary for parents to become aware as soon as possible in order to treat and control the infestation, as well as preventing re-infestation.
Don’t Share Hair Items
Advanced infestation of head lice often cause the presence of eggs on hair tools such as brushes, combs, picks, and curling irons. In order to prevent infestation, children must understand that these items should never be shared by them and that they should never use another child’s items.
When starting a conversation with your child about head lice, it is important to remember to teach the child the fundamentals of head lice infestation, such as how head lice are spread. Be sure to inform the child that head lice infestation does not mean that a person is dirty or “bad”.