LICE!

AUTUMN HEALTH TIP #3

BACK TO SCHOOL BRINGS BACK THE LICE

The cleanest child can contract head lice. It can live on any rug, carpet, furniture, stuffed animal, piece of clothing or hat, but only for a day without feeding on blood. Lice do not jump or fly between people. Although it is gross to see bugs in your Child’s hair, it does not mean that any of you are doing anything wrong. What to do if you see it? Act immediately to prevent its spread.

We have been through this and know that it can get ugly. Some of us have tried chemical treatments to no avail. Another cut her Child’s beautiful, long hair – also without success. What we have learned that works is washing, using a metal comb and tea tree oil.

To treat your home, wash and dry all the blankets, sheets, pillows and rugs that you can. Wash stuffed animals too if they will not be damaged. If something will not survive the washing machine and dryer, you can put it in a plastic bag for two weeks until the lice and their eggs have died. Vacuum floors and furniture, concentrating where your Child sat or lay. However, according to the Center for Disease Control, “the risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a rug or carpet or furniture is very small.” Any combs or brushes should be soaked in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a metal comb (there is great one for sale at www.thehairwhispers.com), go through every strand of hair to pull out eggs. Pick the lice by hand and have a dish of soapy water nearby to put them in. When the hair looks clean, rub the scalp with tea tree oil.

Do this everyday.

Try to keep in mind in the midst of this stressful situation, it will end!

LINKS WE HAVE FOUND TO BE USEFUL

http://www.hairwhisperers.com/head-lice.html

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/AParentsGuidetoHeadLice.pdf