5 Habits to Prevent Head Lice

Head lice can become a nuisance if left untreated, but there are many preventative measures that you can take to avoid it. Nevertheless, as parents of young children, you must keep in mind that, for kids, it is very easy to catch lice from others as they are in constant in contact with each other, especially during play. Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, your child can still end up with lice. Don’t freak out if that happens- call us for an inspection! In the meanwhile, find out what are the most effective measures you can take for a proactive approach to this nuisance:

1. Avoid Sharing Personal Items

The first habit to develop is to keep your child and everyone’s personal belongings at home separate. Lice are tiny creatures that crawl and can easily transfer from one head to another, even if one uses another person’s comb, hair clips, scarves or towels. Make sure your kids and everyone else have their separate belongings and there is absolutely no sharing among them.

2. Keep Clothing Items Separate

Apart from personal items, shared spaces can also give lice a breeding ground. Drawers, common clothes hooks and lockers can make it easier for lice to transfer from one person to another. Make sure you keep your children’s clothes separate and avoid piling everyone’s clothes on top of each other. As adults, you should take the same precaution as lice infestation is blind to age. If possible, make it a habit to rinse clothes once worn.

3. Make Regular Checks a Practice

As a parent, make it a habit to check your child’s hair once or twice a week to make sure it is lice free. By conducting a regular check, you can instantly spot if the child has caught lice and proceed to take action to tackle the problem early on.

4. Supervise Your Child’s Play

Children often play roughly by hugging and tugging each other, in which case their heads also come into contact. This is one of the most common ways for lice to transfer from one to the other. You can’t prevent your child from playing but make sure someone is supervising them to minimize head contact.

5. Brief Your Child

Make sure you also brief your child about the lice problem; get them to realize why it is important to keep their personal items separate and play with other children carefully. By explaining it to them, you will make sure that your child also develops healthy habits regarding lice prevention. For more information about our lice prevention services, call us at 1.800.403.5423