Every year, 6 million children in the United States will be found to have lice. Lice are pesky and often problematic, especially in a multiple child home. Lice easily spreads and can go unnoticed, making it difficult to manage once found. Lice don’t jump from person to person; it spreads by coming in direct contact with someone who has it by sharing a pillow, comb, brush, hat, or other items. Now that cooler temperatures are setting in, kids will begin wearing hats and coats, which at school are hung next to or on top of other coats making it easy for the lice to spread. Luckily, there are ways to help prevent lice initially.
First and foremost, be sure to check your child’s hair every week, especially if they have been around other kids (i.e. school, daycare, camp, etc.). If you find your child does have lice, no need to stress, there are safe, all natural products to help remove the lice and prevent your child and family from having to deal with it again.
Studies have found that essential oils like eucalyptus and rosemary can help repel lice. I prefer products that contain rosemary. For those, I recommend using the Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Lice prevention line and the Original Sprout Shampoo, Conditioner, and Miracle Detangler which also contain rosemary. Both product lines are sold at Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids and I truly believe they are the best products to help repel lice.
Lastly, I advise parents to tell their children to avoid sharing hats, coats, and other clothing and to make sure not to touch heads when playing. The best course of action in preventing lice starts at taking action to repel lice and putting systems in place to contain an outbreak if it were to occur.
Just remember, lice can be easily preventable and manageable with the right care and action plan.
Written by: Leasa Chaon
Leasa Chaon is the mother of two and the owner of Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids in Phoenix. Located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Cookie Cutters is an interactive salon experience complete with playgrounds, video games and fantasy chairs in the shapes of cars, planes, and more. When Leasa is not in the salon, she enjoys traveling, yoga and running.