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Two Tips to Help Your Children Avoid Lice

by Stephen Silva

When you are sending your children to school, you may be concerned about their getting lice. This is a legitimate concern, since millions of people contract head lice each year. While it may seem that there's little you can do to keep head lice away, you do have options. Use this information to learn more about what you can do to help your children avoid contracting head lice while they are at school.

Teach Them to Avoid Sharing Head Garments

The first thing you want to do is teach your children to avoid sharing head garments. While this may seem to be a trivial thing, it could make all the difference.

Understand that lice typically reside in things such as hats and scarves. Your children may go to school and have a classmate who asks to use their winter hat. Although you may be pleased that your children are sharing, this could be a mistake. Once they receive a hat or scarf back, it could already have lice on it. When your child puts it on, the lice will find a fertile nesting ground.

The key is to teach your children when to share and when not to share. While it's okay to loan a friend a pencil or give a buddy a quarter for an ice cream at lunch, it's not okay to share your head garments with anyone. If you're able to teach this lesson to your children with charm and tact, it can go a long way toward keeping them from getting lice.

Use Tea-Tree Oil to Prevent Lice

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this statement aptly applies to preventing head lice.  If you're willing to use tea-tree oil, you can help to ward off a lice infestation before it even starts.

The first thing you want to do is purchase 100-percent pure tea-tree oil. This can be found at natural health stores around the country. Once you have the oil, mix approximately three drops of it with your shampoo and wash your child's head with it. Do the same with the conditioner, and even add it to your laundry detergent for extra measure.  

Keeping lice at bay doesn't have to be difficult if you just know what to do. Start using these tips right away so you can help your child avoid getting head lice for as long as possible.