How do you get head lice?
Finding out your child has head lice can be alarming and leave you wondering–Where di d my child get head lice? Just know that head lice like to be on the human head, this is where the live and most importantly eat! The do not like to be on furniture, hats and brushes. If you find one there it is more than likely an accident.
Head lice are spread by direct contact with an infested person’s hair. It is most often spread by hair to hair contact. Kids, parents, family, friends and classmates who put their heads together may be spreading lice. Head lice are spread less commonly by indirect contact with inanimate objects, surfaces or personal items of those with head lice.
You probably cannot prevent your children from being social and not having head to head contact with others. Keeping the hair tied back is one easy method (ponytail, braids and buns). If you are worried about catching a bug from personal items of an infected person here are a few tips:
>Hats scarves, helmets and caps should not be shared.
>Make sure everyone uses their own personal brush or comb.
>Do not share hair ties, barrettes or scrunchies.
If playing a sport make sure to have your own gear.
Talk with your kids so they know how lice are spread. Most importantly tell them to be nice about lice. Anyone can get head lice and not know where it came from. If they know of a child who has lice tell them to be kind and let you know. If your child has been exposed check for signs of head lice often and treat early. Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center offers a 24 hour lice line to answer any head lice questions: 913-730-NITS (6487).