How to Prevent Lice - 3 Golden Rules
Every September parents start asking me if there’s anyway to “lice-proof” their children. I can’t tell you how to “lice proof” children but I can definitely give you some advice on ways to prevent head lice, especially during the school year. The following are some easy rules designed to minimize the risk of a lice infestation (and the panic that often ensues).
Preventing Head Lice: Three Golden Rules for Kids
The best way to prevent head lice in kids is to arm them (and yourself) with knowledge. Start by teaching your children these basic three rules so that they are more aware of their surroundings, especially in the classroom:
1. NO SHARING: We all try to teach our children to share, but we have to draw the line when it comes to preventing lice. Children should not share:
- Hair Brushes
- Hair Accessories
2. NO HEAD-TO-HEAD CONTACT: Children should to try to avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere such during sports, on the playground, at play dates and at sleepovers, etc.
3. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or play with stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with a lice-infested child.
Preventing Lice: What You Can Do at Home
- DO NOT wash your child’s hair everyday. Contrary to popular belief, lice are most attracted to clean hair. When you don’t wash everyday, the build up of natural oils fortifies the hair shaft, making it more difficult for lice to attach.
- USE LICE PRODUCTS CONTAINING TEE TREE OIL: In order to prevent an outbreak (not to “treat” one) Tea Tree Oil is highly effective. Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic and the scent repels head lice the way that citronella repels mosquitoes.
Good News! Head lice prevention products don’t have to be strong and smelly. Two of the most popular products in my So Cozy Hair Care line are BOO! Shampoo and BOO! Leave-in Conditioner. They protect children from lice with gentle natural ingredients (such as Tea Tree Oil), they smell delicious, and they leave children’s hair soft and shiny.
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