According to the Center for Disease Control, six to 12 million cases of head lice infestation occur each year in the U.S. for children ages 3-11. We’ve rounded up tips and natural prevention methods to help you avoid these critters from wreaking havoc on your family’s life.
Teach your little ones to abstain from head-to-head contact, as this is the most common way to spread head lice. Additionally, keep them from sharing hats, combs, brushes, helmets, headphones, etc. with their friends.
If you suspect head lice has taken up residence on your kiddo’s head, check for common signs like a tickling feeling from the lice crawling around, itching, and sores from excessive itching. Note, lice are most active in the dark. When inspecting your child’s head, make sure to check behind the ears and around the neck.
Conventional lice medications include insecticides that can be absorbed into your child’s skin. Try these healthier alternatives. Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Lice Prevention repels lice without the use of pesticides. Instead, this line of products relies on natural oils like rosemary, citronella, tea tree, and geranium to prevent a lice infestation. (Starts at $30, fairytaleshaircare.com) The Lice Clinics of America Lice Removal Kit uses a non-toxic, pesticide-free liquid gel and comb combo to effectively kill and remove all signs of the infestation. (Starts at $24, amazon.com)
*Consult with your physician before using products.