Head Lice | Prevention


Can head lice be prevented?

It may be difficult to prevent head lice from spreading among children, but the following are some steps you can take to help keep lice away:

  • Ask your child not to share combs, brushes or hair decorations.
  • Ask your child not to try on hats that belong to other children.
  • If your child will be sleeping away from home, be sure to pack his or her own pillow and towels.



Pediculosis and Scabies by DC Flinders, M.D., and P De Schweinitz, M.D. (American Family Physician January 15, 2004, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040115/341.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 10/05