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Treating Lice

If you have school aged children, you have probably heard and possibly been exposed to head lice.  Lice are a very common problem, especially for kids. They're contagious, annoying, and sometimes tough to get rid of.  Contrary to popular belief, anyone can get head lice, no matter how clean you are.  It's best to treat head lice quickly once they're found because they can spread easily from person to person.

Children, especially girls, have a habit of sharing combs, brushes, hair ribbons, headbands and hats.  This is the easiest way to pass lice from child to child.  Though you may remind your child not to share their hair accessories, it’s still possible that they will.  A new, brightly colored headband can be too much to resist trying on.

If you suspect your child has lice you should look for lice eggs.  These look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch.  Lice lay nits on hair shafts close to the scalp, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch.  Nits look sort of like dandruff, only they can't be removed by brushing or shaking them off.

When you need lice removal products, look for all natural, non-irritating products for a safer, non-toxic, available at Susan’s Green Marketplace. 

To help prevent re-infestation, wash all bed linens and clothing that's been recently worn by anyone in your home who's infested in very hot water then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer for at least 20 minutes.  Dry-clean anything that can't be washed. Or put them in airtight bags for at least 3 days.  Vacuum carpets and any upholstered furniture, then throw away the vacuum cleaner bag.  Soak hair-care items like combs, barrettes, hair ties or bands, headbands, and brushes in rubbing alcohol or medicated shampoo for 1 hour. 

By Susan Taylor | | Children, Health |
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