Help Your Children Avoid Getting Lice!

Let’s face it, lice are gross! No one wants their children to get lice. It is dirty, unhealthy, and just plain nasty. Not to mention super hard to get rid of. So what do we want to do? Keep them away! I have three kids, none of them have ever had lice. Kids in their classes have had lice though. I avoid lice, like the plague! Kids are kids and kids are around other kids. Kids are prone to getting lice but it can be avoided! Lice do not like dirty hair. Where as your child has clean hair and you added a little product to it, the lice deem it as “dirty“.

I have been doing this since my kids started school and none of the 3 of them have gotten lice. If your child goes to daycare, has a babysitter that has other children around, goes to the park, playdates, playgroups, chucky cheese… then they are at risk for getitng lice. If your child plays with the neighbor kids or even with their own cousins, they are at risk for getting lice. Avoiding lice the best that you can is a good way to make things easier on everyone. Children are humiliated when they get lice. They feel embarrassed, they get made fun of by other children, they feel gross and dirty. Most children do not like the idea of bugs living on their body. I know mine do not think that sounds cool. The fact that lice reside on your body, in your hair is quite an appalling thought. Lice are very difficult to get rid of also. You have to clean and sanitize bedding, clothes, hats, hair accessories, couches, pillows, toys. It is a very inconvenient thing to deal with getting rid of lice.Picking the nits out of a child’s hair can be a very tedious and annoying process.None of this is fun for anyone, it is disaterous.

Try my tips to help your children avoid lice.

Be sure to always remind your kids daily to not share hats, coats, clothes, hair barettes, hair ties, hair brushes, ear muffs etc. with other children at school. Lice can be carried over to your child by these types of items.
Tell your child if another child at school uses their hats, coats, clothes, hair barettes, hair ties, hair brushes, ear muffs etc without your child’s permission; they should not use these items for the rest of the day and confine them to their backpacks til they get home so you can properly sanitize the item. No once can really see lice on a random object such as hats, coats, clothes, hair barettes, hair ties, hair brushes, ear muffs etc, so the best way to be sure not to contract lice from an object is to keep the object as far away from your hair and body as possible.

Remind your children not to put their heads against other children’s heads. Have you ever seen two kids put their heads against each other? Being cute, being silly..whatever they are doing…. it is a good way to get lice.

Keep your child clean.
Not all kids get clean in a bath tub. It is generally best to have your kids shower instead of take a bath. Unless you plan to rince your child with clean fresh water after they take a bath. Think about it, your dirty child is in a bath tub full of non-moving non filtering water. They are washing their bodies and hair with soap and shampoo and where does all that dirt go? Into the water your dirty child is sitting in, attempting to get clean in. Hmm seems like it is defeating the purpose of getting clean. Our intentions are to keep our children clean and make them happy. Children love baths and that is fine. Baths are not bad, just rinsing with some clean, fresh water after the bath is the best way to ensure your child actually getting clean from their bath.
Rinsing the haor completely clean and ensuring it was washed properly is a very good idea also. Letting your child spend a lot of time in the bath tub is a very bad idea too. It is a great way to recycle germs and muck in that little cesspool we call bath time. Allowing your children to urinate in their bath water is a very bad idea also. This just makes them more dirty than they were in the first place. If your child urinates or defacates in their bath water, then it is time to drain the water, clean the bath tub and then give your child another bath.

Lice LOVE clean hair!
Now do not get the wrong idea, I am not saying do not wash your child’s hair. I am not saying do a lousy job and do not fully wash your child’s hair. I am saying to add some product to your child’s clean, fully washed hair.
Every morning when you fix their hair before they go out for the day.. add either Mousse, Gel, Leave in conditioner, spray hair detangler, hair gloss, hair smoothing /fly aways serum.
Lice do not like ” dirty” hair. Where as your child has clean hair and you added a little product to it, the lice deem it as “dirty”.
So say yes to clean fresh hair, but make sure you add a little product to make it less appealing to the lice.
I assure you it really works!

The stinky kid…
In every class their is the stinky kid. The child who seems dirty and smells bad. Have your child politely avoid standing too close to this child. Instruct your child to politely, privately ask their teacher to seat them on the opposite side of the classroom.

What are head lice?

Head lice are parasitic insects that live in the hair and scalp of humans. The scientific name for head louse is Pediculus humanus capitis. Another name for infestation with head lice is pediculosis.

Head lice develop in three forms: nits, nymphs, and adults.

Nits: Nits are head lice eggs. They are hard to see and are often mistaken for dandruff or droplets of hairspray. Nits are found firmly attached to the hair shaft. They are oval and usually yellow to white. Nits take about 1 week to hatch.

Nymphs: Nits hatch into nymphs. Nymphs are immature adult head lice. Nymphs mature into adults about 7 days after hatching. To live, nymphs must feed on blood.

Adults: An adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed, has six legs, and is tan to greyish- white. In persons with dark hair, adult lice will look darker. Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person’s head. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood. If a louse falls off a person, it dies within 2 days.

Head lice are parasitic insects that live in the hair and scalp of humans. They need human blood to survive.
Head lice are spread easily from person to person by direct contact.
Head lice can infest anyone, regardless of personal hygiene.

I have been doing this since my kids started school and none of the three of them have gotten lice.
I am not a medical practitioner but this is my own tip.
I hope you can help your children avoid lice.

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