Fall is officially here. The leaves are turning color and there’s a chill in the air. And with that….comes the beginning of flu season. Parents are quick to protect their kids from getting the flu with flu shots and nasal sprays. But why don’t parents make the same effort to protect their child from lice? Studies have shown that if lice goes undetected for a period of time, sores can develop on a child’s head from lice bites. If untreated, these sores can get infected and cause bacterial infections. In addition, lice can be very distracting to a child. If a child has lice, a constant itching and tickling feeling can cause sleep disruptions, lack of concentration in school and can, as you know, spread to his/her friends. So, as you get your child prepared for flu season — now is the time to also take preventative measures and protect your child from lice.
The first step, check your child for lice with a wet-head lice check. Once free and clean, make sure that your child doesn’t share hats, jackets or hoodies on the playground at school, at the neighborhood park or even at a friends house. If your child has long hair — keep it up in a pony-tail. And finally, if you can, use Seattle Lice Preventative hair care products. While they are not 100% effective, studies have shown that the use of lice prevention products on the hair gives kids a 98% chance of being lice free.
As always, once a week, take a peek. Make sure that you continue your wet head lice checks every week to ensure a lice free head and home.
If you are unsure on how to perform a wet head lice check, please feel free to give Lice Knowing You© a call at 877.670.LICE for some advice. Or, you can purchase a how-to video and a lice detection kit with all of the information you will need to get you on your way.