Although there is no absolute sure way to prevent your family from getting head lice, there are things you can do to lower your odds:

  • Teach your child to avoid sharing things that have been on or near anther child’s head, including hairbrushes, combs, hats, scarves, towels, helmets, etc.
  • Make sure your child hangs up his or her coat and hat on an individual hook, instead of just throwing them in a pile with other classmates’ clothing
  • Regularly clean things that your child’s head has direct contact with, such as car seats, pillows, head phones, etc., especially if they are sharing them with other children
  • Recognize the symptoms of head lice, which includes an itchy scalp and small red bumps or sores on the back of your child’s neck and scalp.