How to Prevent Re infestation of Head Lice

 

Head lice are one of the most prevalent health issues affecting schools across the country; every parent dreads hearing about an outbreak of nits at their child’s school! Head lice can spread and spread quickly, and unfortunately even if your child has already been treated for head lice, if other children remain infested it’s likely that your child could become reinfested.

 

So what is re-infestation?

 

Sadly, no-one is immune to head lice, and even if your child has been treated for nits, it could be that they’ll end up reinfested with head lice if they come into contact with another child that’s currently infested. Reinfestation simply means that the head lice have travelled back to your child’s head and will need to be removed once again - this means that you’ll have to put your child through more head lice treatment and possibly have them miss out on more days at school.

So how can we prevent re-infestation?

 

Avoiding reinfestation can be tricky as it’s not possible to prevent head lice infestation in the first place. However, by making sure that your child follows some simple rules it should be possible to decrease the chances of them re-catching the nits from their friends at school!

Head Lice Tips!

 

1. Don’t Touch Heads

Lice can spread easily from head to head, so making sure that your child avoids directly touching heads with their friends it should be easier to prevent the nits from crossing back onto your child’s head.

 

Make them aware that head to head contact can occur from simple friendly gestures such as hugging, leaning in to whisper a secret or even leaning over to take a picture together.

Head lice are one of the most prevalent health issues affecting schools across the country; every parent dreads hearing about an outbreak of nits at their child’s school! Head lice can spread quickly and, unfortunately, even if your child has already been treated for head lice, if other children remain infested then it’s possible that your child could become re-infested.

 

So, what is re-infestation?

 

Sadly, no one is immune to head lice, and even if your child has been treated for nits, it could be that they’ll end up re-infested with head lice if they come into contact with another child that’s currently infested. Re-infestation simply means that the head lice have travelled back to your child’s head and will need to be removed once again – this means that you’ll have to put your child through more head lice treatment and possibly have them miss out on more days at school.

So how can we prevent re-infestation?

 

Avoiding re-infestation can be tricky as it’s not possible to prevent head lice infestation in the first place. However, by making sure that your child follows some simple rules, it should be possible to decrease the chances of them re-catching the nits from their friends at school.

Head Lice Tips

 

1. Don’t Touch Heads

Lice can spread easily from head to head, so making sure that your child avoids directly touching heads with their friends should prevent the nits from crossing back onto your child’s head.

 

Make them aware that head to head contact can occur from simple friendly gestures such as hugging, leaning in to whisper a secret, or even leaning over to take a picture together.

 

 

If you can help them to understand that these small gestures might mean that they could get nits again, you can focus on making sure that they avoid head to head contact or sharing clothes during activities such as sports and sleepovers where head to head contact might happen more frequently.

 

2. Hang Coats Up Separately

Head lice can fall off your child’s head and live for a day or two on their clothing. If your child is throwing their coat or jumper on a pile, instead of hanging them up on a separate coat peg, it makes it easier for the head lice to travel onto clothing and up to their heads!

 

3. Don’t Share Personal Belongings

While this goes against what we usually teach our children, sometimes your child needs to learn when not to share. If they want to avoid re-infestation of head lice, they’ll need to keep items such as hats, hair ribbons, hair brushes, towels and scarves to themselves and not borrow anything from their friends. Anything that comes into contact with hair could be at risk of carrying nits and so is best avoided.

Getting someone else to deal with head lice

Remember that while you can encourage your children not to engage in behaviours that might cause re-infestation of head lice, you should make sure that you’re keeping their hair clean and checking for head lice regularly for as long as you know that there’s an infestation at their school. The sooner nits are found, the sooner we can get rid of them for you!

Not sure if you’re dealing with head lice properly? Take a look at our parents’ information for some helpful tips and tricks on how to identify nits. Or call for an appointment on 01442388879

Follow these tips to avoid head lice re-infestation!

NitNOT

67a Marlowes Court

Hemel Hempstead

HP1 1LE 

Call : 01442 388879 

Email: Info@nitnot.com 

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