24 Jul The Facts of Lice: What parents need to know to keep their sanity!
The Facts of Lice: What parents need to know to keep their sanity!
It’s back to school season, which means we are proudly watching our kids hop off of buses and into their new classrooms. As parents, we hope they will come home from school every day with new knowledge and new friends. One thing we don’t want them bringing home though is the dreaded creepy crawler that we are all familiar with: head lice.
Just the thought of these scary little bugs can be enough to make us want to disinfect our kids’ clothes every night and wash their backpacks on the super hot cycle setting.
Trying to prevent these pesky enemies can be overwhelming. As parents, we need to know the truth about lice so that we can protect our children from these nasty pests. Take a deep breath and try not to feel itchy as you read.
So, how do you get lice anyway?
Lice are usually spread through hair to hair contact (head to head). They can also spread by the sharing of brushes, combs, hats, scarves, and even hoodies. However, it’s important to note that the adult lice are the ones that spread from head to head, not the egg.
Okay, so what is the best way to prevent these creepy crawlers?
The best way to prevent head lice is for your child to avoid head to head contact during play, sleepovers, or other activities at home or at school. This definitely includes selfies! Other helpful methods of prevention include:
- Spritzing hair with a preventative mint-scented spray each morning.
- Wearing hair in tight buns and braids and avoiding having your hair down.
- Having your family devote one night a week after bath time to do head checks. This is what we at KLEEN HAIR call a “comb out.” Check out “The Process” section on our website for details on how to do this!
These tools will help your family identify a case of lice early on and prevent it from spreading further!
How do I know if my child has lice?
You would think that your child would be itching as soon as they have lice. Unfortunately, you can go months before even knowing that these pests have made a new home in your hair (this is a true story; it happened to my family).
The best way to check for lice and nits (eggs) is to part your child’s hair into small sections. Look extra closely at the hot spots, which are behind the ears, near the neckline, and at the part lines of the scalp.
Be aware, though! The adult bugs move extremely fast and are difficult to see. The nits (eggs) are small and shaped like a teardrop. They are light in color, which makes them easier to catch in dark hair, and harder to spot in light hair.
Also, do not confuse dandruff with lice eggs. Dandruff does NOT stick to the hair. You can move dandruff flakes with your finger or blow on them. Nits, however, are essentially glued to the hair shaft, and the only way to move them is to pull it out with your fingernail. By being aware of this difference, we can easily distinguish the two.
Oh no! My child has lice… what about the rest of my family?
It is always recommended to get everyone in the family checked, especially if you are a family of huggers. Watch out moms… if your child has lice, you might have them too! About 80% of moms will catch lice if their children do.
After reading all of this information, you are probably sitting there scratching your head while you imagine these creepy crawlies making a home in your hair. The reality is, getting head lice is a terrifying thought, especially when you think of your kids!
I used to feel the same way, but I have taken these precautions seriously and have tried these prevention methods for my family. Head lice is a serious issue, and there are more people out there than you know that have experienced it firsthand. If you use these methods with KLEEN HAIR natural lice-prevention hair products, you can rest easy knowing that your family is more protected from critters than ever!