What You Should Know About Head Lice

By Melissa Gordon

  Listen up Moms and Dads. “Super lice”—the new breed of bullies—invaded the schoolroom rather quickly this year, and for parents across the country, these persistent and insecticide-resistant little buggers are turning into a pain in the neck. With holiday break around the corner when travel and sleepovers abound, the chances of catching these pesky vermin go up.

 
There are a few tips parents should consider to prevent lice attacks while maintaining pesticide-free happy heads.
 
1.Keep your head to yourself. Tell kids to try to avoid head-to-head contact at school (in gym, on the playground, or during sports) and while playing at home with other children.
 
2. Sometimes it’s better not to share. Warn children not to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, ribbons, barrettes, hair ties or bands, towels, helmets, or other personal care items with anyone else, whether they may have lice or not.
 
3. Stay away. Circle time at school is often held on a rug. Encourage kids to sit up straight (not lay down)! Tell kids not to lie on bedding, pillows, and carpets that in their friends’ homes.
 
4. Did a classmate get head lice? If so, every three or four days, examine members of the household who have had close contact with a person who has lice. Check behind the ears and the nape for tiny off-white to tan colored nits, or eggs. Nits are oval shaped and glued to the hair shaft. They don’t “shake off” like dandruff – they have to be pulled to the end of the hair shaft to be removed. If your child gets lice, tell those folks your child has recently been exposed to, as well as his or her school nurse.
 
5. Slumber Party Bewares. If you have a daughter, chances are she’s having sleepovers with her BFFs. Sleepovers and slumber parties are perfect for head lice transmittal.
 
6. Keep it natural. Many of nature’s oils and herbs can be used as repellent for lice. Use natural oils, like tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint.
 
7. Be a smart consumer. Many lice-treatment shampoos contain ingredients that have been banned as agricultural insecticides and are extremely toxic.
 
8. Keep it up. For girls, the best thing to do it to keep hair up. Braids are preferable.
 
9. Dirty it up. Lice prefer clean hair, so use hair spray, gel or leave-in conditioner on kids’ heads.
 
10. Blow dry children’s hairevery time you wash it. Lice and eggs can be killed with dry heat.
 

 

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Melissa Gordon, mom to three, and founder and president of Happyheads™ Happyheads™ Bye-Bye Lice™ Treatment and Prevention Products founded the company in 2008 as a natural, healthy alternative to traditional chemical treatment.

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