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8 Mistakes You Are Making When Your Child Has Head Lice

mistakes when your child has head lice

According to Center for Disease control

an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. Some studies suggest that girls get head lice more often than boys, probably due to more frequent head-to-head contact. (Source: CDC )

We have put together a list of common mistakes parents make when their child has head lice.

Mistake #1: Ignoring the Early Warning Signs of Head Lice

Reality: If kids are scratching, go to the pediatrician, school nurse, or call a lice professional for a head lice check. If lice or nits are found, treat the child as soon as possible.

Mistake #2: Keeping the News to Yourself

Reality: “Be a Friend…Tell a Friend”. You don’t want your child’s friends giving it right back to your (lice free) child.

Mistake #3: Thinking that Your Child or Your House Must Be Dirty

Reality: Absolutely Not! A case of lice arises from head-to-head contact and has nothing to do with cleanliness. If anything, lice prefer clean hair.

Mistake #4: Assume All Lice Products Work

Reality: Many brands rely on pesticide to kill the lice, and the lice have built up resistance to them. Most home remedies are messy and time consuming (mayonnaise, yuck!). And no a hot flat iron will not kill the lice. Instead, use a natural lice shampoo and a good lice comb to assist you in lice treatment process.

Mistake #5: Shaving Your Child’s Head

Reality: Many boys (and certainly girls!) would be devastated to give up their locks of hair. A good lice comb and some patience will save you many tears.

Mistake #6: Spring Cleaning Your Whole House

Reality: Cleaning your house does little to eliminate your head lice problem. Lice can not survive more then 24 hours off the head. Concentrate on cleaning, bagging and using high heat on items that had direct contact with the child during the 24 hours prior to treatment.

Mistake #7: Treating Your Child Once and Skipping Maintenance

Reality: You should keep combing for 2 weeks after treatment. It is normal to find scattered nits. With a little time for hair growth, a nit has now moved away from the scalp and has become visible.

Mistake #8: Blaming Your Child’s School

Reality: Nobody is to blame when a child has head lice. Talk to the school nurse and work together to insure that ALL children have a lice free environment.

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