When school ends for the summer, a lot of people think head lice ends too. But, kids are just as likely to get head-lice in the summer as they are the rest of the year, in fact, summer is our busiest season. So, as your children head off to summer camps, sleepovers, scouts, daycare, etc… here are some great preventative tips to keep them lice free:
- Children should be checked for any indication of head lice before and after summer camps. You want the all clear before they leave, but you also want to make sure they didn’t pick it up while they were away.
- Check your child’s head before and after sleepovers as well. Early detection will make lice removal much easier and it will stop the spread to the rest of the family.
- Preventative shampoos, conditioners, and spray shields will help prevent head lice too. Lice do not like these scents, so adding one of these to your packing list for camps and family vacations will assist in lice prevention.
- Having children sleep head to foot will also help them avoid getting lice. 95% of people contract lice through direct head to head contact, sleeping this way will avoid this.
- Children can take their own pillow and blanket as well, just to be sure there is nothing transferring back and forth.
- Girls, who are more susceptible to getting lice because of their longer hair, can wear their hair up, off the shoulders. Buns, braids, ponytails, and even hats will keep the hair up and make it more difficult for lice to latch on.
- Make sure no one is sharing brushes, hats, helmets, or any other hair accessories. If possible, write your child’s name on them so everyone knows who’s is whose and there is no confusion.
- A good Nit comb (The Terminator) will save every parent a lot of stress and frustration. If you see your child scratching, or just think you see something suspicious in their hair, checking them with a Nit comb will be the easiest way to find traces of head lice.
As always, if you need any help checking or treating for head-lice, call Combers KC