Tips for Keeping Kids Lice Free

Though it is uncommon for head lice to spread via personal items, it is important to know a few facts about how lice spread in order to keep kids lice free. 

With the colder months approaching, it is an important time to remind families and young children about the dangers of sharing hats, personal items, and jackets.  Lice do not fly or jump, but they do crawl rapidly from one host to a new host if head-to-head contact is shared.  This way of spreading is the most common and easiest way for lice to infect other people.  However, when a child takes off a hat or jacket and another child immediately places the garment on his or her person, any louse that is attached to the item could crawl onto the new child, thus infecting him or her too. 

Kids will hug each other and literally “put their heads together.” You probably can’t completely prevent this—nor would many parents actually want to. Just be cautious of any child who is scratching his or her head constantly or who complains of an itchy head, and follow up with the school nurse or the child’s parents.  Read more…

Head lice cannot live without a human host for more than 24 hours which is why it isn’t as common for common objects and garments to contribute to the spread of head lice.  Though it is smart to coach children to not share these items. 

Keeping head lice away is all about avoiding the things that spread lice. Refrain from head-to-head contact — and ask your kids to do so when they’re playing with other children. Don’t share personal items, such as hair accessories, scarves, and towels. If you know anyone who has lice, avoid contact with beds, sofas, pillows, and carpeting that the person has recently used.  Read more…

Another good preventative measure when it comes to head lice is regularly screening young children for lice.  Regular screenings allow for early detection and treatments that can stop the spread of head lice from occurring further. 

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