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What ruins 'Back to School' excitement? Lice. Let's talk prevention.

I have three kids and this is a nightmare scenario for me. At home, we use the Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel line because lice is something I do not want to deal with.

Now, when it comes to preventing lice when kids go back to school, there are several measures you can take. Lice (yuck!) are primarily spread through direct head-to-head contact, so the following strategies can help reduce the risk:

  1. Teach your children good personal hygiene: Encourage children to avoid head-to-head contact with their peers. Explain the importance of not sharing hats, scarves, combs, brushes, or other personal items that come into contact with the head. Sounds impossible but maybe they will listen to us the one time it matters!

  2. Regularly check for lice: Perform routine checks of your child's scalp and hair, especially after they've been in close contact with others, such as during sleepovers or playdates. Early detection can help prevent lice from spreading further.

  3. Tie up long hair: For children with long hair, keeping it tied up can reduce the chances of lice transmission. Braids, buns, or ponytails are effective styles that minimize the opportunities for lice to move from one person to another.

  4. Use a lice repellent spray: Consider using a lice repellent spray or hair product containing natural ingredients like tea tree oil or neem oil. These products may help deter lice from infesting the hair. {Enter: Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel}

  5. Educate children about lice: Teach your children about lice and how they spread. Make sure they understand the importance of avoiding head-to-head contact and not sharing personal items.

  6. Wash bedding and personal items: Regularly wash and dry your child's bedding, hats, scarves, and any other items that come into contact with their hair or head. Use hot water and high heat in the dryer, as lice are sensitive to heat.

  7. Inform the school: If your child does get lice, notify the school so that they can take appropriate measures to prevent the further spread of lice among the students.

  8. Treat promptly if infested: If your child does get lice, it's essential to start treatment promptly. There are various over-the-counter lice treatments available, including shampoos and creams, that can effectively eliminate lice. Follow the instructions on the product carefully and repeat the treatment as recommended. A couple recommendations are Cure! and Nix Ultra. You might just want to keep one of these handy, so you have it if you need it immediately.

Remember that preventing lice entirely may not be possible, but by implementing these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of infestation and minimize the spread within the school environment.

My head was so itchy writing this-Creepy Crawlies! Hope this helps with your Back to School adventures!


~Lauren at Parlour 727

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