Although they are harmless, the stigma surrounding having head lice in Toronto can be one that brings about embarrassment – especially for children. Whether you or your children have already had your experiences with head lice or not, there are things you can do to prevent getting them (or getting them again).
Avoid Direct Head-to-Head Contact
Let’s face it – children will always have more energy than they know what to do with, and more often than not they will take a tumble, explore their imaginations and get messy. Regardless of whether or not your child and their friends have head lice, they have no immediate way of knowing. Let them know that while they can still be their energetic selves, to avoid direct head to head contact. In doing so, you can prevent any possibilities of lice hopping over or eggs falling off into your child’s hair, and prevent a head lice breakout.
Don’t Share Hair Items or Clothing
As a preventative measure, your child should be aware that sharing combs, brushes, hats, helmets, ribbons, hair ties or any article of clothing could result in head lice being passed along. The same idea applies if you are out shopping for hats, or any of the above items. Plenty of people will have tried the hat on, and perhaps one of these individuals happened to have head lice or eggs they were unaware of. In the long run, it is best to not try them on, and wash them after buying them
Wash Bed Sheets, Pillow Cases, and Articles of Clothing Regularly
Lice and eggs can hide in articles of clothing, as well as in bedsheets and pillowcases. Washing these regularly can drown any possible lice, nits, or eggs that may be hiding in the fabric. If you do happen to find lice or eggs in clothing or bed sheets, washing them in warm or hot water will ensure the lice and eggs are properly destroyed.
Check Hair Regularly
Check your children’s hair regularly. Sit them in the sunlight or under a lamp for good visibility. The nape of the neck, and above the ears are some of the favorite spots for lice to lay eggs. It’s always best to be thorough; lice and lice eggs are very small. If you aren’t thorough, you risk the chance of missing something.
Look for the lice in small segments. Lift all the hair up with one hand, and comb through with the other hand. Look for lice crawling where you have parted the hair, and along with the hair itself. If you find lice crawling around, pick them out with a pair of tweezers and drop them into rubbing alcohol (they are unaffected by water).