HOLIDAYS AND HEAD LICE
With every holiday season, there is a spike in the number of people looking to find a solution for head lice If you have children in school you may notice there are times of the year when you hear more about head lice outbreaks than usual. It is not your imagination. It does actually happen.
You may find that you hear about head lice more often after school has been out for a long vacation period. This can include after summer break, spring break and Christmas/holiday break.
So before you load up the car and start doing the rounds. Make sure you are up to speed on the symptoms and facts about sharing more than festive cheer
So why does this happen…..
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SHARING IS CARING
Sharing Accessories and hair brushes can be a great way to share Head Lice. Make sure you take your own and don’t be shy to say you prefer not to share.
Ask brushes in boiling water to clean them. Put Accessories in a sealed plastic bag for 24 hours
TRY AND RELAX
If you discover you or your family have Lice its not a reason to cancel everything and stop visiting others.
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Family and friends are coming to visit and stay overnight. Kids are crawling in and out of different sleeping bags, sharing hats and coats, and maybe even exchanging hair accessories or sharing hair brushes.
It is not uncommon for a family that has been struggling with head lice to visit another and share their head lice infestation. Lice travel on the head of their host and all it takes is a hug to crawl from one person to another.
This does not mean you need to be concerned about having family and friends come to visit. However, it is a good idea to know the signs and symptoms of head lice so you will know if it is time to check your children for head lice crawling in their hair.
HEAD LICE SYMPTOMS.
The most common symptom of a infestation is an itchy scalp although not everyone feels this so it can be misleading. Watch for children scratching consistently at the back or top of their head. Girls that have hair tied up often may feel itching at the crown.
Check regularly for lice eggs (nits) and live lice crawling around. Head lice like to be warm and are often found in areas behind the ears and at the nap of the neck so check in those areas first and then move inward.
Lice eggs known as Nits will remain firmly attached when you comb through the hair they are glued into the hair.
A FEW OTHER FACTS ABOUT HEAD LICE
Head lice do not fly or jump they crawl from head to head, they run pretty fast see the video below.
They are passed through direct contact from one host to another mostly when people are head to head.
Try not to share items, such as pillows, blankets, hair brushes and hair accessories.
Sharing screens on mobile phones and taking selfies can also increase the risk. Think how often people huddle round a small tablet screen.
CAN PETS CATCH HEAD LICE?
Head lice cannot be passed on to your pets. If you notice your dog or cat is scratching obsessively, check for fleas, another delightful thing to be shared between families!