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and the affected children should stay away from school until they are lice free.
Lice don’t choose their hosts with specific hair colour or type – but children with long, straight, fine and clean hair are their favourites. This hair type is easier to grip. Oily and curly hair is slippery and difficult to cling to.
The nits, nymphs and adult lice must be dealt with independently. First, the nits have to be picked out one by one because they are actually “glued” to the hair shaft. This is laborious, especially in the case of long hair. Leave one behind and you’re back to the beginning! The best way to tackle this task is to separate the hair and tie it into sections to work methodically. Nit combs (available from a pharmacy) are helpful – but can be ineffective. When infestations keep recurring, cutting your child’s hair short may be unavoidable. Yes, crawling is an important developmental milestone for learning. But do not panic – there are still activities you can do to have your child benefit from the crawling position, even if he is already walking. It’s never too late to integrate the action of crawling into a child’s play, and shouldn’t be stopped even if a child has crawled and moved on to walking.
The reason crawling is important for learning is that this position allows a baby to navigate their body through space, which allows them to develop their own body spatial awareness and learn concepts such as bigger and smaller, as they start to understand their body in relation to the world. This also helps with depth perception and hand-eye coordination. It is also important for developing bilateral coordination, which is the smooth and integrated use of the two sides of the body. This will be important to your child when it comes to dressing, cutting, feeding himself and academically for reading, letter and number formation. Crawling helps develop the shoulder, wrist and hand muscles, which are important for fine motor control. On a sensory level, crawling allows more of the baby’s skin, through their hands, knees and feet to be exposed to different sensory input, and this may allow them to be less defensive to different touch experiences. Here are some fun ways to get your little one back on all fours: Create obstacle courses throughout the house or garden where your toddler has to navigate over different heights and surfaces. This will be hard to do while standing, so he’ll be forced to get down on all fours. Think of using stacked up pillows, stairs, sturdy boxes, blankets and rollers to crawl and climb over. Play peekaboo in hard to reach places, such as under the dining room table. Your little one will need to crouch and crawl to get under the table. Most kids love pop up tunnels (available from toy stores). Playing in these tunnels includes rolling balls, pushing cars or having an older friend or sibling crawl through first. Another motivator is mom or dad waiting for him on the other side of the tunnel. Use a pilates ball and let your tot roll over the ball while on his tummy, weight bearing on his hands, and collecting a toy from the floor. This way his shoulders and wrists get a good workout too. If your toddler is strong enough, do a few wheelbarrow walks around the room – hold his hips, and not ankles, for additional support.