February 26, 2016

Cold weather has arrived, and we all know what that means: scarves, coats, cozy boots, and the dreaded lice letter sent home in your child’s backpack.

We want to alert you that there has been an outbreak of lice in your child’s classroom. Please be sure to check your child thoroughly for any signs of lice or nits (lice eggs) and treat any infestation as soon as possible.

Obviously the first thing you do is panic and start scratching at the zillion phantom itches on your head. But where do you go from there? Don’t worry, there are steps you can take to prevent lice. Here’s how:

1.  Don’t wash your children’s hair every day. Despite what you may think, lice like clean hair. So let it get dirty and don’t panic if your child skips a day between shampoos.

2.  Use lice-prevention products. I’m a big fan of Fairy Tales hair-care products, which you can find at Ulta. Their lice-prevention line smells like rosemary and contains tea tree oil. The detangling spray is especially amazing. I saturate my kids’ hair with it each morning.

3.  Use product in your children’s hair. Like most men, lice hate hairspray. So glop it on. Use mousse, wax and gel too. Whatever old hair products you’ve got lingering in your bathroom, this is your chance to use ‘em up. There’s no such thing as too much product where lice-prevention is concerned.

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Deborah Gilboa, MD

Doctor G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) of AskDoctorG.com empowers parents to raise respectful, responsible and resilient kids. Around the country and around the world, she works with parents to increase their knowledge and to use the parenting instincts they already have. Doctor G focuses on practical tools and teaching skills, not just dishing out advice.