Most parents are still surprised to learn that lice can be prevented in easily, naturally and practically. So, while lice does happen, it doesn’t have to happen to you! Research has also shown us that lice can recognize when a potential host has had an infestation before. Lice will sense this more appealing host and will most likely crawl over at an optimal time. This migration happens more frequently during head to head contact.
Here are Three Steps to keep you from getting infested.
- Educate your kids about sharing. All lice do not have the ability to jump or fly, so they hitch a ride from head to head using hairbrushes, combs, hats, scarves, helmets, and pillows—anything hair touches. So while it’s great to encourage your child to share toys and books, it’s a bad idea to share any of these lice vehicles. Here’s a simple rhyme that does the trick: If it touches hair, we don’t share. This goes for siblings too, since most lice are spread at home.
- Don’t over-wash hair. Squeaky-clean hair is a louse’s dream come true because it’s easier to attach their eggs (called nits) to it. The oil that builds up on hair shafts in between washes is a natural repellent because it causes a slippery surface that isn’t a safe place for fragile eggs. We recommend allowing 2-3 days between washings for a healthy scalp. When you do wash, make sure to use shampoos and conditioners with any of the following essential oils: tea tree oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil.
- Use prevention spray.Because sealing your children in an airtight bubble to prevent lice is not an option, you can help create a bubble of natural prevention around them using a DIY Spray or
LCA’s ready to use Preventative Spray. Using the peppermint formula, this all-natural spray can be spritzed daily behind ears and at the nape of the neck (where lice tend to enter the scalp) and even on items like hats, scarves, car seats and pillows. Along with preventing at home, you can prevent at home by donating preventative sprays and products to your child’s classroom.