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Have you gotten that dreaded letter or email from your child’s school yet? You know the one. The one that says that there’s been a confirmed case of lice noted either in your child’s classroom or one of the other classrooms nearby? WE HAVE. And I almost had a slight heart attack when I saw that email pop-up in my inbox. I immediately checked Alea’s head and thankfully did not find anything. And ever since then, we’ve started SoCozy’s Boo! Lice Scaring 3-Step System.
It lead to a good discussion between Cory, Alea and I about how to avoid lice as much as possible and what we can do to hopefully prevent Alea from getting those dreaded little nits in her hair.
Feeling itchy yet? Let’s do our best to prevent that real itch, and read the tips I have for avoiding lice below!
5 Tips to Avoid Lice:
1. Tea Tree Oil: This is a natural, essential oil that can aid in the prevention of lice. It’s been proven! You can rub this on your child’s scalp (and even your own scalp) to help prevent lice. Or you can use a much easier system described in #2!
2. SoCozy Boo! Lice Scaring 3-Step System: This is a natural system that you can use on a daily basis to help prevent lice. Talk about genius! It starts with a shampoo, then you use the conditioner, and then you finish with the spray. They are infused with tea tree oil, as we discussed above, and can literally protect your little one’s head for falling victim to those pesky little bugs. (AMEN!)
3. No Sharing Hats or Brushes: This is huge. We teach our kids to share. We urge them to be kind and share with others, but if there’s ANYTHING your child should NOT share with other kids, it’s their winter hats, their combs, and their brushes. Even sweatshirts with hoods can be iffy if the hood is used. This is a very, very important thing to teach your children in the prevention of lice.
4. Keep Long Hair Tied in Ponytails or Buns: If your son or daughter has long hair, it is also recommended that it be kept in a ponytail or in a bun.
5. Maintain a Personal Bubble: Close quarters between kids in a classroom– think story time on the carpet or hugs from friends– can cause problems when lice is spreading between kids. If heads or clothing touch and a nit or a louse is on that area, it is pretty likely it will go to the other child as well.
We did have one lice scare, that thankfully turned out to just be a scare. Alea told us that her head was itchy and that it hurt in a few spots. We did a little investigating and saw little bead-like things around the crown of her head. I about had a coronary, but upon further questioning, we learned that a boy dumped sand on top of her head at daycare that day and it was just some left over sand particles. Thank goodness!
We’ve been practicing and discussing the tips above with Alea and hopefully we don’t fall victim to those little pesky bugs. We hope you’ll do the same as well!
Have you ever had a lice scare?
What do you do to prevent your kids from getting lice?