Can You Prevent Head Lice?

Prevent the spread of head lice by taking precautions early.
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Dealing with head lice is troublesome. For those who have never experienced the discomfort of head lice, the newfound sensation of bugs crawling on the scalp can be overwhelming. For those who have previously dealt with a lice infestation, promises are often made to never let it happen again. It does, though. Head lice spread far too easily due to numerous factors, such as the rise of super lice or lack of effective treatments. Thankfully, you can take steps to prevent head lice. By taking such precautions, you can prevent head lice from affecting your children or family for the foreseeable future.

Lice Prevention Tips

Typically, lice spread via children more often than in adults. The primary reason for this is because children tend to be in proximity to others more often throughout the day. Both in the classroom and on the playground, kids often have head-to-head contact more frequently than an adult in an office setting, for example. As such, ensuring children understand boundaries and how to avoid & prevent head lice can be critical. Many may not understand head lice completely, though, which can add to the issue.

Here are a few lice prevention tips to cut down on head lice infestations:

  1. Avoid sharing head-related objects.
    If you would like to significantly reduce the risk of head lice, ensure you and your children do not share head-touching objects too often with others. Such items may include combs, brushes, hair clips, scarves, towels, headsets, and hats.
  2. Minimize contact
    When children play, they typically put their head too close to others. If another child has head lice, this proximity may lead to the spread of lice. Unfortunately, few children want to avoid playing with their friends. Instead, ask your kids to abstain from playing with a child who has head lice until the issue is resolved.
  3. Separate Belongings
    In most classrooms, and even at home, there are shared spaces for hats, jackets, and scarves during the day. These spaces, while convenient, are breeding grounds for head lice. Consider having your child keep their personal belongings away from common areas for a time. To be completely safe, even adults should consider doing the same.

Preventing Head Lice Spread

If your child does wind up with head lice, here are a few tips to help get rid of the bugs and prevent the further spread of lice:

  • Remove any and all nits from the scalp. Missing a few nits is a sure way to keep lice going for quite some time as they will eventually hatch and grow into adult lice.
  • Do not hesitate to warn others, especially other parents. Ensure the parents of your children’s friends also check their own kids for head lice.

Children who are suffering from a head lice infestation deserve prompt treatment. Schedule professional head lice treatment with Lice Lifters in Frisco by calling 972-805-1308. We’re here each day for your family!