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1/21/12

Winter Lice Prevention

My son goes to school and always at the top of my mind is how to prevent him from getting lice and bringing it home.
At the moment I use a lice prevention treatment spray and I'm hoping it will work for a long time, however anything information I can get to learn how to be prepared is always welcome.


There are few things more distressing to a parent then getting a call from the school nurse reporting that their child has head lice. This is a particularly timely topic now as winter is finally here and children are storing coats and hats in tight spaces.
Here are some great tips from Adie Horowitz, owner,  Licenders:

  • Know the “lice” time of year 
  • Winter: Travel time, clothing layers, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. 
  • Summer: Camp, play dates, travel, hats, road trips 
  • Prevention products: peppermint is a deterrent scent to the bug, many shampoos/conditioners contain this ingredient 
  • Once per week throw backpacks, hats and jackets in the dryer for 20 minutes 
  • Educate children on the importance of not sharing hats, hair-bows, jackets and gloves 
  • Check your children frequently for head lice, it’s much easier to get rid of if you discover it at an early stage


Do you have any tips that have worked for you?



About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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4 comments :

  1. When my children were small we would use Vaseline in their hair as lice can not breathe through the petroleum jelly. I know it's hard to wash out, but after having to deal with lice once when they were in day care I never wanted to deal with them again!

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    1. I definitely should utilize the oil for prevention too! Thanks Judy.

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  2. 1. Washing his hair too often makes their hair a prime breeding ground for lice. Lice stick really easily to clean hair.

    2. Make sure he rinses the shampoo out THOROUGHLY! To the untrained eye, lice eggs look a LOT like chunky dandruff.


    3. Add tea tree oil to his shampoo will help keep lice away. They don't like oil, they can't breathe through it!

    4. Oil his scalp. This can serve several purposes. Use a GOOD quality oil like Safflower and Vitamin E. It can condition his hair and scalp. Safflower is one of the few oils that will actually absorb into and condition skin (scalp). It also works as a great hair conditioner. Cover with a shower cap and warm towel to really help it soak in. Shampoo out as usual. This does wonders for an itchy scalp!

    5. Follow #3 above to help kill the lice. My daughter had lice for over a month, but they were so small that we could NEVER find them. We just saw a dry, flaky scalp and did #3 repeatedly. It was summer and she did yard work, so the heat really amped things up! It killed the itch. Once we figured out that she had lice, we researched and found out that the oil and heat were smothering the lice. We then used the lice comb to pull the eggs, nits, and adults out of her hair while it was oily. It was MUCH easier to do this than the "normally" recommended method. We then shampooed her hair and followed up with the treatment product and combed through again.

    6. Check the warm, close spots on the head. Behind and around the ears and the base of the scalp are the places where we had the worst problems.

    7. Have him put his coat into his backpack each day at school. This is a great suggestion for ALL of the kids at school.


    6. The lice spray probably isn't doing much good. It's really intended to kill any active lice.

    I'm a retired teacher and picked up a few of these tricks from the school nurse, as well as through our own misfortune.

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    1. Such awesome tips!
      Thank you for sharing and giving your time. I really appreciate it.

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