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Parenting Advice: Your 5 Worst Nightmares and Their Cures

        Health | Family Care



What is it? There are three different types of lice – head lice, body lice and pubic lice (crabs). The most common type of lice in young children is head lice, which affects one out of every 10 school children [Source: Mayo Clinic; MedicineNet].

What to look for: Has your child been sharing his or her brush, clothing or belongings with another child? Close quarters are a strong indication that your child may be at risk for contracting lice i.e. camp or school grounds. Symptoms of lice include itchiness and discomfort as the lice begin to feed and leave sores on their victim's head [Source: MedicineNet].

How to prevent it: Do not allow your child to share any personal items such as sweatshirts, brushes, stuffed animals and pillows and be sure to wash these materials after special occasions like sleepovers and play dates.

What's the cure? For some children, lice are inevitable. The good news though, is that there are lots of home remedies to cure this nasty itch. There are plenty of over-the-counter shampoos available for removing lice, or you can apply olive or almond oil to the child's hair to 'slow the lice down' and then use a lice comb to comb the lice out of the child's hair.

After using these methods be sure to wash everything your child touched in the time that they were itching with hot water!