Each year, we see a spike in the number of head lice cases after families gather for the holidays. With Christmas fast approaching and families bunking in together for long weekends or even just spending the evening together, the opportunity is there for head lice to spread from one person to many. While head lice do not jump or fly, they do crawl from head to head. If your children are spending time with their cousins or family friends, there is ample opportunity for one child to pick up a case from another.
Short of putting your child in a bubble, what can you do? Below are some practical tips to reduce the chance of your child getting head lice from another child who likely is unaware that she even has the dreaded bugs in her hair:
- Girls should wear their hair up in a braid or bun. The less accessible that the hair is, the more difficult it is for the bugs to get into it.
- Put gel, mousse or spray in your child’s hair. The products put a protective layer on the hair, which makes it harder for the bug to attach to the hair. LiceDoctors sells a Peppermint Repellent Spray that puts a layer on the hair and has the added benefit of having a peppermint scent which helps to repel lice.
- Bring your own pillows if you are spending the night with family or friends.
- Don’t let your children share combs or other hair accessories.
- Check your child in front of a bright window or under a bright light as soon as your get home. You are looking for bugs that scoot very quickly when you move the hair around.
Check For Nits and Lice After Holidays
About a week after the holiday, check to see if you see any eggs on the hair shaft; the eggs will be glued onto the shaft and are translucent.
If you find nits or lice in the hair, call in a professional lice removal service like LiceDoctors. We make house calls and we guarantee that we will eradicate any case of head lice. Enjoy your holidays and know that if you need us, we will be there the same day.