Head lice are parasites that are spread by person-to-person contact. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that between 6 million and 12 million children ages 3 to 11 get head lice each year. But there’s good news: First, lice aren’t dangerous and they don’t carry disease—but, true to their name, they are pests. Second, lice are preventable and curable.
Pigtails & Crewcuts carries Fairy Tales Lice Prevention System. This line of products includes shampoo, spray-on leave-in conditioner, styling gel and hairspray, which work by actually deterring lice naturally. Made with tea tree oil, andiroba and lavender oils, along with lemon peel oil, vitamin B-5 and glycerin hydrate, the Lice Defense System repels lice while keeping your child’s hair soft, manageable and tangle-free. Plus, the lavender oil smells great.
The Centers for Disease Control offers the following tips to prevent the spread of lice:
- Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home,school,and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
- Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons or barrettes.
- Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5-10 minutes.
- Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
- Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the two days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for two weeks.
- Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid re-infestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
- Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
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