It is one of those things that no parent wants to deal with. There is no avoiding the fact that every year, every school system and community has to face the dreaded problem of lice.  As we embark on a new school year, Health and Wellness experts recommend some preventative measures to hopefully reduce the number of cases of lice throughout the school year.

The most important step you can take is to regularly check your family for lice.  If they are infested, actually seeing the live louse is hard because they are always moving and move so quickly. You are more likely to see the nits or the eggs which are cemented to the hair shaft.  However, you cannot have a nit without a bug!  I encourage each family to do weekly lice checks.  Start this weekend and make it a part of your weekly routine.  Set a night, put on a movie, make some popcorn and have a glass of wine for yourself while you do it and just relax – it is not that bad! Finding an infestation early will make it that much easier for the entire family.

Remember that haircuts, water, regular shampoos and conditioners do not get rid of lice.  Anyone can get lice and it generally takes 4-6 weeks after exposure to actually recognize that you or your child has lice.

If we all take these steps, we can work towards having an “itch free” and hopefully “lice free” school year for everyone!


Lauren Salzberg

Potomac Lice Lady