As much as you want to protect your kids from lice, kids will be kids. They will talk, play, and share things with other kids in school, which may lead them to getting infected by other kids with lice. The best way to avoid this is to start teaching them ways to protect themselves even when you’re not around. Take notes, moms!
Educate your kids about lice.
Share with them facts about what it is, how it spreads, and why they need to know about it. After all, knowledge is power. The more you inform them about it, the more they will start the importance of protecting themselves from lice. Encourage them to share this to their friends, too!
Teach them to share with care.
Though sharing their things with their classmates is a good attitude, they might be at risk when they start sharing anything and everything. Repeat this to them, please: Combs, hair ties, hats, scarves, and anything that touches the head SHOULD NOT be shared to avoid lice. Make sure to explain to them why they need to do this to keep the head lice-free and healthy.
Ponytail hairstyles should be a must for kids with long hair. The longer the hair, the higher the risk of getting infected. Why? There’s more chance for lice to easily attach themselves to long locks. Don’t let them grab on to your daughter’s beautiful, long tresses by fixing her hair in high ponytail, high bun, or tied-up braids.
Wash anything that touches the head on a regular basis.
Combs, hats, pillowcases (in the bedroom and living room!), head bands, hair ties, and headbands should be included in your weekly laundry routine. This is a great habit to protect lice from spreading from one head to another. Is your kid having a slumber party or a sleepover for school? Encourage them to bring their own pillows. In case they feel shy about it, explain to them why they need it.
Do regular head checks.
Mantra: Better check than sorry! Do this especially when your kids are still young. The best time to do a weekly check is after rinsing the conditioner during showers. Brush their hair with a fine-toothed comb and wipe the comb with tissue paper to see if any lice or lice eggs appear. It actually takes lice eggs to hatch within one to two weeks, so better check regularly. The earlier you catch them, the better.
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