The playground is quite a popular place for your kiddos and their friends. It’s also a place you quite enjoy since you get to sit on a bench, read a magazine and occasionally look up to make sure your children aren’t getting into any trouble. The playground was one of the best inventions of all time because kids can play there for hours. In fact, it’s hard to pull them away when it’s time to go. As a parent, you soon realize that a slide and a sandbox is your favorite baby sitter. And the fact that it’s free is the cherry on top.
The Downside To Play Days
The downside to the park is that anywhere surrounded by kids is potentially full of walking viruses, infections, coughs, colds and potentially lice infestations. Kids bring these things home and mom’s need to be prepared to deal with different situations that may arise as a result of a play day at the park. We’re here to tackle the lice situation for you. So, how does it happen and who can contract head lice?
How Does Lice Spread At The Park?
Has your child ever gone down the slide with a friend? There’s a pretty good chance their heads may have bumped and if the friend had head lice, then they could have crawled onto your child’s head which is the beginning of an infestation. Lice don’t jump or fly, but they do crawl fast. So how does lice spread? Maybe your child gave their friend a hug goodbye before they left the park, leaving another opportunity for lice to spread. There’s so many times throughout the day where our kids might touch heads with another kid that we don’t even realize. The absolute most common way to spread head lice is through head-to-head contact. Lice cannot just appear out of nowhere — they come from someone else.
Who Can It Happen To?
Contrary to popular belief, the kid who smells and never showers do not have a better chance of getting lice than the kids who maintain the utmost cleanliness and hygiene. In fact, although lice will infest any sort of head that has hair, recent studies show that lice actually prefer a clean head of hair. There’s not a certain race, age or gender that lice seem to latch onto most. All kids are created equal in the sight of a head louse.
We would never encourage you to stop going to the playground. We know that those few hours sitting down on a bench and relaxing are something you look forward to a busy mom. We just encourage you to be aware of lice and how it’s contracted. It would be a good idea to do a head check on your children after each play date at the playground. If you do some across a louse or two, or three or 20; give us a call.