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Head Lice Prevention

Updated on June 22, 2014

Why Cure When You Can Prevent:

Instead of waiting for the dreaded day when your child brings home the note from school that says head lice is running wild (again) ~ wouldn't it be great if you could prevent your child from getting it in the first place?

The treatments for getting rid of head lice are time consuming, expensive, and tedious.

Beat the bug! Keep your child's hair & head clean and clear of the little buggers right off the get go. You and your child will be so much happier.

Basic Prevention Methods:

  • Never share hats, scarves, head-phones, combs, brushes, or anything else that goes on or near the head. Stress this to your child. The less contact there is in this area, the better.
  • Don't get too close! Head to head contact is the #1 source of spread. If your child wants to tell his/her friend a secret ~ tell them to write it down, don't whisper it into someone's ear.
  • Resting your head against furniture or walls which have been recently visited by an infected person may also lead to the spread. Have your child practice keeping their head and neck off of bus seats, school chairs, school library furniture, or resting against hallway walls when they wait in lines.

Repel Repel Repel:

Essential Oils & Scents which Head Lice HATE:

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Coconut
  • Tea Tree

If you don't have access to essential oils, try to find shampoo & conditioner in these scents. Additional products which come in these "flavors" and which add to the scent's potency will also help.

Many people also swear by Head and Shoulders the dandruff shampoo. They have reported that not only does it have the power to repel and prevent, it also has the power to kill in case of an already infested head of hair.

Spread The Word!

The more people who know about and use preventative measures, the less severe an outbreak will be in your school when it occurs.

The prevention steps listed above are easy and the reward is great. Share it with the families you know who attend your child's school.


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    • Mom Kat profile image

      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      I also have a hub on how to get rid of head lice when you're pregnant. I think it is just so important that we know the chemical treatments at the pharmacy aren't the only thing we can do :)

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I did not know that there were natural cures for head lice. Thanks for the information.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      I'm sure there is multiple ideas and speculations on when and why they seem to thrive more. The best we can hope for is to control or try to eliminate the issue in our own communities.

      Repelling and prevention are great ways to keep it from becoming an issue in the first place. Thank you for your response :)

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is good information. I never heard about the different scents to repel head lice. My mom told of the problem with head lice back in the 30s when she went to school yet by the time I went to school in the 60s it was unheard of. In the 1980s it was back full force. I did not even know what head lice looked like. My daughter was sent home with it. Back then you took them to a doctor to get rid of them with a prescription shampoo. It makes you wonder how it got to be a nuisance again.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      It's nice to know there are proactive people out there :)

      I'm glad you found this article to be informative & useful for you.

      My kids are always worried about getting it when the note goes home that it's going around the school.

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      kat_thurston 5 years ago

      wow, thank u for the information I was unaware of head n shoulders. we had battled this last year and with 5 kids it's horrifying. Ever since then I've always been very proactive because I do not want to deal with this again. Also another thing is if you have pet treat them as well even though the lice dont breed on them it can still cause a reinfestation. Use flea powder for cats and your normal flea medicated shampoo for dogs will do.