FAQ – Prevent Head Lice

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  • head-lice-faqHow do I prevent my child from getting head lice?

The best thing you can do to prevent your child from getting head lice is tell him to really avoid head-to-head contacts with his friends and avoid sharing belongings that come into contact with the head.

If your child does not touch anyone’s head with his hair nor share any belongings, the probability that he catches head lice will be close to zero. If your child is a girl, make sure she has her hair up, as it will help.

You can also use different techniques such as braiding hair, putting hair spray on the hair so that it sticks together (and hair spray will make it harder for lice to cling to the hair).


  • What can I do to keep my child from getting head lice?

If your child is getting head lice whenever he goes back to school, it means that other children still have lice. If this is serious, you can try to talk to the teacher and ask if she or he can do something. Many times school personnel have noted that there are families that do not take the problem seriously and do not treat their kids, who keep on contaminating the other children. Sometimes teachers can play a big role in fighting an existing infestation.

Then, try to tell your kids to really avoid head-to-head contacts with other kids. And you can also use some head lice repellents such as those described below.

  • Is there anything to prevent or repel head lice? Is there a head lice prevention on the market?

There are products that repel head lice and thus help preventing getting head lice. You’ll find them on different websites and on Amazon, or at drugstores. Many are pesticides free. They are based on the idea that head lice are attracted by our human smell, so any flavor strong enough to mask human smell will repel lice. You can also use a few drops of various essential oils such as tea tree, rosemary or lavender.


  • Does tea tree oil really prevent head lice?

Nothing can really prevent head lice 100%. But tea tree oil, as several other essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary, coconut or lavender can act as head lice repellents and thus contribute to head lice prevention.

  • Does head & shoulders shampoo prevent you from getting lice? Does head and shoulder shampoo repel lice?

No, Head & Shoulders shampoo cannot prevent anyone from getting head lice and it cannot repel lice. This is an anti-dandruff shampoo, nothing more.

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