Just as important though, if not more important, especially as head lice become increasing resistant to regular head lice treatments, is to learn about head lice prevention.
Remember, head lice don't usually jump from one child's head to another child. Instead, they spread by direct contact, maybe using something like a hat or hairbrush to help them get from one child's head to anothers.
Head Lice PreventionTo prevent your child from getting head lice, it can help to:
- teach them to avoid sharing things that have been on or near another child's head, including hairbrushes, combs, hats, scarves, towels, helmets, etc.
- make sure your child hangs up his coat and hat on an individual hook, or some other separate area, when he gets to school, instead of just throwing them in a pile with other classmates' clothing
- regularly clean things that your child's head has direct contact with, such as car seats, pillows, head phones, etc., if you are sharing these items with other children
1AAP Clinical Report. Head Lice. PEDIATRICS Vol. 110 No. 3 September 2002, pp. 638-643.