What Next? How to Prevent Head Lice
Once you get rid of the head lice and eggs next step is prevention. You don’t want to go through that ordeal again any time soon, so doing a few things daily and weekly can help stop getting them again.
#1. Comb at Least Once a Week
Weekly checking for lice and combing, as mentioned above, will help stop things at an early stage. If a louse happened to lay a few eggs, you will catch them before they hatch and hopefully won’t get an infestation of head lice.
#2. Keep Hair Short or Tied Up
Keeping hair as neat and tidy as possible helps to minimise the chance of getting head lice from another child, particularly as children often sit with heads close together.
Short, neat hair definitely minimises the risk, however for longer hair the options could include plaits, a bun or another well tied back option is a good idea.
#3. Use a Preventative Spray
As discussed, head lice hate the scent of certain essential oils, so making up a spray bottle to use at home can be a good idea. Spray on every morning before school, paying special attention to behind the ears and the nape of the neck.
At the end of the day, all kids will get head lice at some stage. It’s an annoyance, it makes you scratch and really paranoid, but it’s normal and all part of childhood…and parenthood!
Don’t panic and remember, combing is key!