Lice. Where do they come from?…Protect your Kids

istock_000004393784xsmallIf you’re a parent with small children, chances are you have a lot on your mind trying to keep them safe and healthy. Having to deal with lice would be the last thing needed in a busy home. Fortunately for you and every other parent, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent your kids from getting them. In this post, we’re going to explain where lice come from and how the spread can be avoided!

Where do lice come from?

It’s a common misconception that people get lice from animals. Although animals can be causes of various infestations, lice are insects that plague only humans. They’re usually found in the neck and scalp area, where they can use hair to hide and cling to their food source. Lice breakouts almost always start in kindergartens and schools, since children are more prone to close physical contact and sharing of items that can be infested with lice.

How to prevent your child from getting lice?

One of the most surefire ways to prevent your child from getting lice is to teach them to avoid doing things that lead to infestations. This means you should warn your kids about sharing certain things with their friends. The personal belongings in question include brushes, combs, hats, helmets, hair accessories, scarves and coats. The list should include everything that comes in contact with your child’s head and neck.

Apart from that, you should teach your kids to avoid head-to-head contact with other children. If there’s a breakout going on, the act of touching the head of a child with lice will lead to them spreading to other children. Fortunately, this can easily be avoided.

Keep your child’s things away from common areas. 

Even if your child gets lice, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent them from spreading it to other family members. The only thing that’s worse than dealing with lice is having to deal with them while your head’s itching as well. But the only thing you need to do in order to prevent this is to keep your child’s personal belongings away from the common areas in the house, such as the hallway closet.

Inspect your child’s scalp thoroughly. 

Whenever you hear there’s a breakout going on or notice something that could indicate it, make sure to take every precaution to avoid the spread from entering your house. One of the things you should definitely do is thoroughly inspect your child’s scalp. Since lice are quite hard to spot, make sure you know what you’re looking for – they’re either tan or grayish-white and are the size of a single sesame seed.

Once your child gets lice, it’ll be tough to prevent them from spreading to the rest of your family. And when an infestation happens, maybe the smartest thing to do would be to call professional pest control. Otherwise you might end up struggling with them for months on end!

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