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Head lice have three peak seasons, the holiday season being one of them. With many people traveling, children going into other care settings or just enjoying time with family and friends, head lice can become an unwanted guest during your holiday celebrations. If you want to avoid getting head lice in your family or at school this holiday season there are some easy things that you can do. The following steps will help.
Educate your children. Have a talk about head lice with your kids. Let them know the things that they can do to avoid getting head lice. Children are most susceptible to getting lice and usually bring them home. Use tools such as an educational coloring book or web site to show pictures and share information.

Avoid head to head or hair to item contact. Keeping the hair up and away from other people's heads is the best thing that you can do to avoid getting head lice. Sharing hats, combs, towels, and other hair items is not advised. Keep in mind that you may also get head lice from car seats, bus, plane and train head rest. Never try on hats in department stores and don't share head gear for sporting events. If you must share then use a hair net or do a visual inspection first. Wiping, vacuuming and blowing the item off before use are also good measures to take. There are some prevention products available and sprays that will leave a scent on the hair or item but these are not 100% effective. They do help but must not be completely relied on.

Take a peak once a week.
Catching a head lice infestation early is key. It helps to avoid a sever infestation, the spread to others and makes getting rid of lice much easier. Build a regular head check into your family's weekly hygiene practice. Also make sure that you check your children before going back into school or daycare after any major school break. Keep a close eye for the first two weeks back as this is a peak time for lice outbreaks. Check-A-Head and avoid the spread.

Report a head lice infestation ASAP. Tell your school, camp, day care or other families that you have been in contact with so that they too can check and treat if necessary. If you don't speak up lice may spread and continue to go around and around, eventually you may get it back or have a harder time dealing with it.

Regular Head Lice Checks. Ask your school if they do regular head lice screening or education. Checking children after any school break upon return from summer holiday, winter break and March break is essential to stopping and lowering lice cases in most schools. Camps and day care centers can also benefit from this as well and can modify their screening times to suit. Does the organization allow children with lice to attend? What is their protocol or reporting like? Another helpful thing to do is hold a head lice education day. If your school, camp or organization does not do these things suggest that they consider it. This will help avoid and decrease lice infestations in the general population.

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