Whether your child is heading back to school or to summer camp, be prepared for these two unwelcome classmates this year.
Don’t Let Head Lice Bug Your Children
Itching, a rash on the scalp, and sometimes, swollen glands in the neck are all signs of head lice on your child. To be sure, look at the back of the head behind the ears, for small silver spots on the hair, close to the scalp. A magnifying glass can help. If you suspect them but cannot see them, check with your pediatrician.
Any one can get heal lice. Here’s how:
Direct body contact such as children playing together.
Sharing a brush, comb or pillow.
Sharing clothing, especially hats or scarves.
Laying your head on the back of a movie theater seat.
For help with getting rid of head lice, talk to your health care provider or pharmacist.
Be sure to follow all directions. Because lice glue their eggs to the hair shaft, they must be removed with a specially-made fine tooth comb. All clothing and bedding used before treatment should be cleaned in hot water or dry-cleaned. Make sure to vacuum and sweep all furniture and rugs, too.
Be on the Lookout for Pink Eye
Pink eye, a frequent complaint among children, is very contagious, often spread by hand-to-eye contact. It usually spreads from one eye to the other in two days. We recommend immediate treatment by your doctor.
If you do get pink eye, here are a few tips:
Clean eyelashes with “no tears” shampoo.
Apply a clean, warm wash cloth.
Don’t share towels, pillows or makeup.
Don’t wear contact lenses during infection.
Clean contacts thoroughly before using them again.
Replace eye makeup.
Tip: Washing hands often and keeping hands away from the face is a sure defense against catching pink eye.