Head lice are a common problem, especially for little kids. Young children are more likely to share personal space, allowing head lice to crawl onto new hosts. But, they aren’t the only ones. Teens can get head lice, too. Between selfies, sports and video games, there are plenty of opportunities for teens to spread lice.
Unlike little kids who are usually more tolerant of head lice, teens don’t handle them as well. They are aware of the stigma and may refuse to go to school or let their friends know what’s going on.
If you have a teenager with head lice, this guide is here to help you. You got this!
Get a Professional Diagnosis
If your teen was combing through their hair and found a louse, it’s possible that it’s just one at this time. However, it’s also possible that your teen already has an infestation, especially if they are having symptoms like itching or trouble sleeping.
Head lice can be incredibly difficult to see, so we recommend getting a head lice check. You can do this through a professional head lice expert like My Hair Helpers or with your family doctor. This way, you’ll know for sure what you’re dealing with and if treatment is necessary. Plus, you can get everyone in the family checked at this time.
Use a Good Treatment
Not all head lice treatments are considered equal. Over-the-counter treatments are growing increasingly ineffective, and they can expose your teen to more chemicals than need be. Instead, choose a safe, effective head lice treatment that contains dimethicone. Dimethicone won’t irritate your teen’s skin and has a low risk for adverse effects.
For the best results, your teen will probably need two treatments. The first treatment targets the active infestation and improves symptoms within a couple of days. The second treatment kills nits that may have hatched, stopping the infestation in its tracks. You can opt for treatment in the home, which is great for teens since it’s private. There’s no chance of bumping into a classmate.
Review Smart Prevention Practices
Teenagers tend to share their personal space, just as kids do. Once your teen realizes that getting head lice is a real possibility, it should be easier to talk to them about smart prevention practices. Remind them to avoid head-to-head contact and the sharing of personal items like hats, hair accessories and helmets.
Of course, teens can’t avoid this entirely, so purchase a lice repellent that they can use if head lice cases are increasing. Remember, head lice have nothing to do with being clean, so washing the hair won’t make a difference.
My Hair Helpers treats people of all ages with head lice. We understand that teens are especially careful about their privacy. This is why we offer private, confidential in-home appointments. Or, you can order a DIY kit if your teen prefers. Our products are guaranteed to work, so your teen will be back in school and with their friends in no time.