Now that the pesky back to school lice warning period is finally over and the threat is gone, you can finally sit back and relax, right? Wrong!
The upcoming holiday season is just as bad for lice outbreaks as summer camp, back to school and summer vacations!
Whether your child is headed to a cousin’s or their grandparents’ house for the winter break, or is planning on having sleepovers with friends, the holiday season is the prime time for head lice to come out and play! If you don’t want a head lice infestation to ruin the holiday festivities, take these prevention methods beforehand!
Sharing pillows, beddings, towels, hair brushes and other toiletries is the easiest way to catch head lice from an infected person! If your child is headed to a sleepover or vacationing at a relative’s house, make sure to pack their pillow, blanket, towel and other items that may come in contact with their hair.
While sharing may be caring, in this case teaching your kids to not share combs, brushes or other hair accessories could save you tons of hassle in the long run! Because head lice are unable to fly or hop, they transfer from one person to another by crawling either from scalp to scalp or through items that come in contact with hair.
When heading out for a day trip to a relative’s place, tie your child’s hair as tightly as possible into a braid or bun. The less accessible the hair is, the harder it is for the parasites to transfer from one head to another.
Once you’re back in the comfort of your own home, make your child stand in front of a bright light or directly under a window to check for any signs of the bugs. When the bugs are in the nymph stage (right after they hatch from the egg), they are at their most vulnerable and can easily be suffocated before they start breeding.
Check behind your child’s ears, at the base of the neck and at the crown for small, pinhead sized flecks that don’t brush off the hair even upon shaking it. These are the lice eggs, typically known as nits that are securely attached to the hair shaft with a strong, glue-like substance that is also waterproof. Waiting around for the most tell-tale sign of an infestation–itching–could be too late, as itching can occur anywhere from two weeks to a month after infestation!
If you do happen to detect any sign of an infestation, there’s no need to panic! Simply head over to a Lice Troopers lice clinic near you for expert lice removal and prevention services. We specialize in all kinds of all-natural, non-toxic lice treatments in locations all across America.