Head lice are a very common problem, affecting millions of children across the world. They are especially common in kids between the ages of 3 and 12 years.
Lice aren’t dangerous and they don’t spread disease, but they are contagious (spreading through direct head-to-head contact) and can cause a child’s scalp to become itchy and inflamed.
Although lice are very small, they can be seen by the naked eye. They are small, wingless parasites that feed on tiny amounts of blood, which causes the itching, skin irritation and sometimes infection.
If your child gets lice or you hear of a lice outbreak in your school area, follow these tips:
- Check your child’s hair carefully to see if he has lice or nits.
- If you do find lice, wash your child’s hair with non-toxic Picksan Lice Stop shampoo and use the comb to extract the remaining lice and nits.
- After you’ve washed your child’s hair, use Picksan NoLice! Preventative spray to get rid of any remaining lice and to protect your child’s hair from further infestation.
- Keep your child out of school if possible and inform your child’s school about the situation to prevent further infestation.
- Tweet your school areas details to @LiceAlertSA or post the information on the Lice Alert SA Facebook page to warn other parents of the outbreak.
- After a week, wash your child’s hair again with the anti-lice shampoo and spray it with the preventative spray to kill any lice from nits which were not removed the first time.
- Try to avoid contact between your child and his friends for at least ten days to avoid spreading the lice.
A new “lice alert” social media platform has now been established where South African parents can inform each other about outbreaks of new infestations.
Click here to like and follow them on FB or follow them on Twitter @LiceAlertSA.
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