OK I know it’s making you itchy just thinking about it! We spoke to home daycare provider Kathleen Baggio (and mother of two) about some tips on how to identify, prevent and stop lice in their nasty tracks.
How to identify lice
Keep a vigilant eye for scratching – this is the beginning of your struggle. If your child is scratching at the nape of their neck or behind their ears constantly, it isn’t because they are sweaty – it is probably the lice that are biting them. Don’t ignore the scratching. (make sure their nails are cut short)
Start by grabbing 2 pencils and have a good look in these two places. Using the Pencils to separate the hair you are looking for nits, small grey/brownish (some describe them as transparent) they appear to be glued to the child’s hair, close to the scalp. If you find these – YOU HAVE LICE.
- Wash ALL bedding/towels etc. in HOT water and dry on HOT for an hour
- Wash all the child’s clothing in the same manner
- Wash all outer wear as well, scarves, hats, hoods etc.
- Anything that can’t be washed MUST be placed in a DARK sealed garbage bag for 2 weeks
- Spray furniture AND Car seats with the Lice furniture spray
- Vacuum child’s bedroom floors/carpets/baseboards/mattress and use Lice Bedding Spray
- Remind your child(ren) NOT to share brushes, combs, hats, scarves etc. with school mates
Now you can rest……for a little while
Over the next 2 weeks monitor daily, and redo the treatment portion at that time EVEN if you don’t see nits – a live one can still be lurking about in school on another child whose parents haven’t done their due diligence as well has you have.
It has been said that Lice nowadays should be called Super Lice because their are immune to certain treatments, so extra care should be made to prevent the spread.
Life Cycle of Lice
Here is the life cycle of Lice. This is why it is so important to do the follow up treatment in case you miss a nit – it will hatch and all your efforts will be lost.
Extreme cases may need the assistance of a Lice Squad, they come in and treat the family and help clean house (so to speak). The fee is upwards of $300 last time I checked. Well worth it.
I know this sounds daunting, I get it. Been there done that. Here is to happy Lice Free Heads.
About Kathleen Baggio
Kathleen is an Entrepreneur who has worn many hats that including owner a home daycare for many years, co-creating a hit TV Show for Slice TV, Real Estate Investor and hands on flipper, past Huffington Post Blogger and Business Owner. Some of her recent adventures include starting her own YouTube home fitness channel and writing a book. Kathleen is a mom to 2 grown children.