Summers With A Side Of Lice

Your kids aren’t the only ones celebrating summer vacations — it’s also the favorite time of the year for head lice! There’s humidity, heat and most importantly, no school personnel coming in the way of their procreation. Because its takes around four to six weeks for lice to cause itching and show notice of their presence, summer break is a great incubation period for lice infestation. These small parasites live close to the scalp and feed off the blood and scalp tissue. The nits lay near the base of hair strands and multiple rapidly! The itching sensation can be extremely uncomfortable and spreads by direct contact. Here are a few ways to deal with lice infestations in the summer heat:

Avoid hair-to-hair contact

Lighter mornings and hotter days are ideal for summer camp activities and outdoor play. This also makes it a great opportunity for blood-sucking parasites to spread like wildfire! Rather than stopping your little one from participating in fun activities, encourage your child to wear hats or tie up/braid longer hair. This makes it less likely for lice to attach onto your kid’s hair.

Sharing is Not Caring

Sharing is not caring!

Head lice have a way of sneakily crawling onto anything that’s in close proximity to hair such as hair ties, brushes or hats. Though they can’t survive without human blood for more than a day, it won’t be too long before your children comes home scratching their head. Advise your little ones to avoid sharing clothing, hair accessories, scarves or even towels. Also, as a proactive measure, isolate your child’s clothes and machine-wash them with hot water to avoid a family-scale lice infestation.

Routine head checks are a must

Since lice are tiny and fast, their infestation can go unnoticed for weeks until a frustrated scratching incident presents itself. This is why it’s important to check for live head lice and nits at least once a week. Look closely near the neck, at the back of your child’s head and behind the ears for these little critters. Lice do a good job at camouflaging their eggs based on your child’s hair color so you might find it hard to spot them. Use a fine metallic comb to brush through your kid’s damp, conditioned hair to remove lice in the early stages. However, if you see your child excessively scratching their head, it’s probably a good idea to call in the big guns — the certified lice experts — for thorough and complete lice removal.

Call in the professionals

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