‘Tis the Season: How to Protect Against Lice

liceSome kids have started school already, but for many it is still a few weeks away. Personally, there is nothing that gives me more anxiety than the thought of lice coming home on the heads of my kids. I am itching right now, just thinking about it. Here are some ways you can help protect against lice.

Head lice lay tiny, teardrop-shaped, whitish eggs in shells called nits. The nits attach to individual hairs with a tough, gluey cement, making them impossible to remove with ordinary shampooing. After a 7 to 10-day incubation period, the nits hatch, leaving behind a dull gray casing. They mature within a week and start the cycle again.

Lice are very contagious and spread through direct contact. So when kids lie together or touch heads, or when their toys touch or when they share hair brushes, lice can be spread easily. And then, guess what… they spread it all over the house when they come home. Continue reading “‘Tis the Season: How to Protect Against Lice”

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