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by Aimee Code — last modified Nov 30, 2011 06:26 PM
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Whether or not head lice has not been a problem at your school this year, check out these tips to help you and your family prevent getting lice.

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Help Prevent Head Lice

The most common way for children to come in contact with head lice is by sharing hats, headphones, combs and brushes, sleeping bags, stuffed animals, clothing and even helmets. Talking to your children about not sharing these items with others can go a long way to prevent your child from getting head lice. 

Lice can travel from one child's jacket to another. One mother who has avoided head lice suggests having children store their jackets inside their backpacks instead of hanging them on school hooks.  

Early Detection 

Early detection for lice is far easier to deal with than an advanced infestations. If possible try to set up a routine to check your children weekly. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes even if your child has thick hair 

Unhatched eggs (nits) are generally easier to spot than adult lice. Look for nits at the nape of the neck and behind your child’s ears. Nits are small white specks stuck to hair and viable nits are generally very close to the scalp. If your child has long hair braiding it can keep lice from jumping on.

If your child does get head lice, don’t panic, it can happen to anyone! Many families with young children have at least one encounter with head lice. Head lice are not a sign of uncleanliness and do not vector disease organisms.

Check NCAP's toolbox for tips on how to treat lice without pesticidal ointments.