Coming into direct contact with an already infested person. In schools, it is common for children to transfer head lice during break time, while riding on public transport, or during classroom activities where they sit in close groups together.
Sharing infested items such as hats, scarves, coats, hair accessories, hair brushes, or stuffed animals.
Sitting or lying on a bed, couch, pillow or carpet that that been infested with head lice.
So what are some head lice prevention tips?
If children are present in the household, keep in touch with the local schools as lice outbreaks are usually reported to school nurses and administrators.
When you learn of a lice outbreak at school, tie back long hair. This is a great time to wear ponytails and braids.
Teach children to avoid sharing personal items with their friends, such as hats, scarves and hair brushes.
Check the heads of family members periodically for lice and eggs. Nit combs are great tools for going through hair to check for an infestation. A successful head check includes starting at the nape of the neck and behind the ears and working forward. Use the nit comb to check the hair section by section under a bright light.