When the full moon rises and ghosts and goblins haunt the streets, the last thing on your little trick or treaters mind is head lice. Yet, as a parent, what could be more terrifying? Here a few not so scary tips to preventing your little one from catching head lice this Halloween.
Did you know?
- Head lice are more prevalent at Halloween time than most other times of the year.
- Lice Clinics of America sees an increase in head lice cases after Halloween because symptoms usually take about three weeks to manifest.
- Children sharing masks and costumes makes them more vulnerable to catching head lice.
- Wigs are especially problematic as children pass them from friend to friend to try on.
- Anytime children are in a situation where they are involved with other children the risk of head lice increases.
- Parents rarely think to launder or disinfect a Halloween costume or it’s pieces.
How can I protect my child against head lice this Halloween?
Talk to your children about how head lice are passed on. Direct head to head contact is the most common way. Second to that is the transfer of head lice or nits through infected clothing items, such as hats, wigs, masks, hoods, coats, or any items worn near the head.
Perform head lice checks to ensure your child is not carrying head lice. Purchase a nit picking comb and look through your child’s scalp. Be sure to watch for signs and symptoms of head lice or nits. These include:
- Red bites or bumps on the scalp
- Itching and irritations
- White or transparent colored eggs laid near the base of the scalp. These will not flake off easily like dandruff.
- Adult lice crawling around the scalp, brown in color and the size of a sesame seed.
If you feel overwhelmed by this or want some expert help, Lice Clinics of America offers head lice screening at your local clinic. We can give you tips, details about what to watch for and help you determine if you have a head lice problem. We also offer preventative products and the most effective head lice treatments available today.
When your child wears a costume to a neighborhood or school party, take the time to wash or disinfect their costumes before they wear them again for Halloween night. This includes masks, hats, robes or all pieces that are included that nits or lice could attach to.
What do I do if my child has caught head lice this Halloween?
Remember that head lice will haunt you for weeks if you do not properly treat for them. Washing with water and shampoo is not effective. MedicoRX shows us that head lice are capable of holding their breath for up to eight hours. Super lice that are more and more prevalent across the country show strong immunities to over the counter shampoos.
Don’t let head lice become a scary problem for you! Call our Lice Clinics of America office today to talk about our preventative measures and ask questions about the latest, and most amazing products available that will eliminate head lice in a single application.