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How to Prevent Lice in Children

A common problem among children at school age is having head lice. Lice prefer to live in clean and oil free hair so that it can travel easily in different the locations of your head. There are more 100 eggs that can be laid by female lice in just 10-12 days. The nits or eggs of lice are mostly found at the base of the hair. They cause intense itching and can be seen easily.

The eggs of lice have brown color and may be found close to the scalp. They will turn white or clear once hatched and may be found further from the scalp. Nits are usually found attached on hair behind the ears, around the scalp and around the nape of the neck. These parasites have claws that grasp in the hair and skin to suck blood.

Lice can be transmitted easily from one person to another. Children interact closely with many chilcren, be it at school or when at play. Children should avoid getting their heads close to children who are inflicted with lice.

Try doing the following things to prevent the spread of lice among children:

1. If your child has a long hair, (this applies to female children) be sure to tie it well at back.
2. Advise your child not to borrow personal items from their classmates like comb and hats. These are things that easily transmit lice from one person to another.

3. Be sure to check their hair regularly to make sure that there are no lice transmitted to them.

4. Once you discover that your child is Treat lice as early as you found them to prevent spreading.

Here are some helpful ways of treating head lice:

1. You may use pyrethrin-based substances. These come from chrysanthemums and are safe to use.
2. Try using electrically charged fine-toothed combs. It is designed to kill lice and their eggs and proven safer than using medications that contain harsh chemicals.
3. You may also try some herbal remedies. Rinse hair with thyme oil, lavender, aniseed or sassafras. Donít forget to apply some coconut or olive oil to scalp to avoid dryness. Rinse with shampoo after a few hours.
4. You may also use head lice treatment products. These are available in the market with affordable prices. Make sure than the products is not too strong so as not to irritate your childís sensitive scalp.
5. Essential oils are proven effective in treating lice. All you need to do is mix any three of the following essential oils, lavender, sassafras, aniseed, tea tree, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Mix equal amounts of your chosen essential oils with olive oil. Before applying the mixture to your child, be sure to test a small amount of it at the nape of neck. This is done to avoid scalp irritation. If it appeared no irritations, you may apply it all over hair and scalp and cover it with scarp for a few hours. Lastly, rinse hair with mild shampoo.

Head lice could be irritating but not life threatening. Treating them with dangerous chemicals may harm your childís health.  It is best to choose the safest method of treating them to avoid unwanted results. Treating and cleaning the affected area will surely eliminate lice.
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