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How to Deal with a Lice Outbreak in Your Child’s Classroom

Have you received a letter from your child’s school saying that there’s a confirmed case of lice? Your initial reaction may be to panic, but fortunately, this is not necessary. Lice are 100% treatable – and you don’t have to crawl through hoops or use toxic chemicals to make it happen. We’ll teach you how to actively address a lice outbreak in your child’s classroom so that your family can stay lice free. 

First, comb through your child’s hair. 

The first step is to comb through your child’s wet hair, which is usually easiest after their bath or shower. Part your child’s hair using a fine-toothed comb or nit picker like this one from My Hair Helpers. Lice like to live around the ears, near the nape of the neck and close to the scalp. Look for brownish specks the size of a sesame seed. They will likely be moving. 

In case you don’t see them, wipe the comb on a paper towel. You should be able to see any active lice this way. Nits (lice eggs) are a bit more difficult to detect. They are even smaller than lice and glued tightly to the hair shafts. A good lice comb will pick them out, but you might need a magnifying glass, too. 

Depending on what you find when combing through your child’s hair, here are the steps to follow. 

Yes, my child has head lice. 

If you do find lice, you’ll need to start treatment right away. There are over-the-counter products you can use, but we typically don’t recommend them. Not only are they ineffective at times, but also they may contain harsh ingredients like insecticides and pesticides. 

A better option is to order a natural, nontoxic lice treatment kit like this one from My Hair Helpers. It will be delivered to your doorstep and you can start treatment in as little as one day. If you feel more comfortable having someone else do it, you can look for a professional head lice salon in your area. My Hair Helpers proudly serves Southern California. 

No, my child does not have head lice. 

If your child does not have head lice, there are steps you can take to prevent an infestation. First, use a lice repellent spray on your child’s hair. This will deter lice from crawling onto their head. If your child has long hair, keep it tied up or tied back as well. Also, review healthy habits like not sharing hair clips, scrunchies, hats, etc. 

Finally, be sure to wet comb your child’s hair once a week to stay on top of lice. If a few do crawl onto your child’s head, you can pick them out before they start an infestation. Always choose a well-lit area and use a lice comb for this step. 

We hope that you can see that lice, while inconvenient, are not a health hazard. There are ways to prevent them and ways to treat them. To schedule an appointment or order products from My Hair Helpers, contact us today!

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FAQ's

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that are blood-sucking parasites. They live on the scalp of humans. Head lice are the little and wingless insects with a size of sesame seeds that make their home on the human head and spread diseases by sucking the blood from the scalp. Infections and diseases caused by head lice are generally faced by on-going school students and their family members as the head of students come in contact with the head of other students. Contact My Hair Helpers to guaranteed head lice removal services. We are professional head lice removal experts known for our best service and customer support.

WHERE DO HEAD LICE COME FROM?

The evidence for head lice goes back many centuries. Lice was named as the third plague in the Old Testament of the Bible. The shell casings for lice have been found on Egyptian mummies. Live Lice on the head and their eggs can be killed by opting for different lice treatments that are available in different forms such as lotions, shampoos, and creams and these can be used at home without any hassle. It is necessary for the women who are pregnant or breastfeed their babies to take suggestions from a renowned doctor about the risk-free products.

HOW DO WE GET LICE?

In the majority of cases, head lice is passed with head to head contact. A smaller number of cases are passed through brushes and combs and sharing hats. Lice don’t like to leave their food supply unless a warm head is waiting for them.

DOES GETTING HEAD LICE MEAN I’M DIRTY?

Head lice actually prefer clean hair! It’s more difficult for them to lay eggs on greasy or dirty hair.