School is out and if you think your family is safe from lice, think again. The season for lice is actually endless. Many people don't realize head lice is a year round problem!
When school is back in session the occurrence of lice infestation is high due to Summer camp lice outbreaks that have gone unnoticed and untreated. The nits (lice eggs) that hatch in September are usually from outbreaks that occurred during the summer, more often than not picked up at sleep away camp and day camp.
There is a chance that the minor discomfort of an itchy scalp may be chalked up to sun, sand, and dandruff, and may not bring lice to your attention until your child is suffering from a more serious infestation. It is also true that some kids have no symptoms whatsoever.
That is exactly what happened to my daughter. I had no idea there were double digits of live lice in her hair, until the day I decided to sit her down and check her for lice. It was clear from the number of lice I found that she had headlice for a while. As a result of that terrible experience, we now do a weekly hair and scalp lice check every Friday evening. We never want to end up in that horrifying and unexpected situation again and so far so good!
We also follow these 5 easy ¬†tips for preventing lice below:
5 Tips for Preventing Lice
1. Lavender or Rosemary¬†Shampoo
Your first line of defense against lice is creating an environment that is inhospitable for these pests. Contrary to popular belief, lice actually love a squeaky clean and fluffy head of hair. So Wash your child's hair with shampoos and conditioners that contain essential oils and natural plant based enzymes that repel lice such as Lavender, Rosemary and Mint. Tea Tree oil and Neem oil are also helpful but they can be very drying to the scalp and cause a lot of dandruff.
You can also use hair gels and hairsprays that will coat the hair to make it more difficult for lice to grab onto. While there is no guarantee that these products will prevent lice 100% of the time, they will place the odds highly in your child's favor.