Head lice. For most parents, those two, simple words spark panic. Even the thought of lice makes people’s scalps itch. These little bugs have an inherent gross-out factor that leaves people feeling dirty. But there’s a lot of misinformation about how kids get lice. Lice don’t spread because your kids forgot to bathe or your dog rolled around on their bed. And there are steps parents can take to prevent the spread of head lice.
How to Stop Lice from Spreading
- Go easy on hugs. Lice can’t jump, fly, or beam themselves from one head to another, but they can move quickly during head-to-head contact. If there’s a lice outbreak at school or your child gets lice, tell them not to get too close to other kids’ hair.
- Sharing is not caring. Under normal circumstances, having a daughter who shares her barrettes with a classmate is something to celebrate. But if nit-infested hair is caught in your daughter’s brush or your son’s baseball cap, “sharing is caring” goes out the window.
- Sleep under your own roof. With activities like hair braiding, contact sports, and sleeping in a messy pile on the floor, sleepovers are an easy way to spread lice to half the class. If a student at your kid’s school has lice, put an end to sleepovers until the danger has passed.
- De-louse the house. Lice will never intentionally leave a warm head for a cold pillow, but it’s possible for a louse or two to get dislodged. Don’t panic about a lice-infested house. Simply wash items your child has come into close contact with–namely sheets and pjs–and move on. We promise, the couch isn’t infected.
- Cuddle your pets. Lice like human heads, so your dog is in the clear.
- Keep calm. We know lice aren’t pleasant, but they’re also not as scary as they seem. The best treatment isn’t toxic shampoos or gooey home remedies, but time, skill, and a lice removal service that knows what they’re doing.
Do your kids have lice? HBI Lice Removal gets every nit and offers free follow up lice checks. Call our office to schedule a lice removal house call in John’s Creek.