Head Lice and Summer Camp

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Many children in the Needham and Wellesley areas look forward all year to summer camp.The last thing you or your child wants is to start summer camp and then learn that you have head lice! It is so disappointing for children when they have to stay home from day camp or sit out activities at sleep away camp. Here are some precautions that you can take:

Tip 1Do regular head checks to identify a case early on before it gets out of hand.

Your child may have head lice and be symptom-free. Not everyone itches from lice; itching occurs when lice secrete saliva and the saliva causes an allergic reaction on the scalp. Do not assume that because your child is not scratching her head that she is lice-free. Be proactive and check your child once a week and look for signs of lice eggs.

1. When checking the hair place the child under bright lights; outdoor lighting is the best.

2. Search for translucent eggs attached to the hair shaft near the scalp. Nits are the size of a sesame seed.

3. Pull the nits off and place on a white paper towel. They will appear brown against the white background.

Tip 2Comb your child's hair up into a bun or a braid

The harder it is for lice to find your child's hair, the less likely it is that your child will contract a case. When hair is long and accessible, you are facilitating the path of infestation. In other words, a louse will easily grab hold of hair strands and climb up to make the head its new home. When the hair is pulled up in a bun, it is harder for the lice to find a way up to the scalp.

Tip 3: Use a lice repellent spray

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Nothing is an absolute guarantee protectant against head lice. Head lice are very tenacious... and very hearty. We do recommend that you apply a lice repellent to the hair. 
It is easier for lice to grab hold of hair that is untreated; a lice spray puts a protective covering around the hair making it harder for bugs to adhere to the hair. LiceDoctors offers a LiceDoctors Lice Repellent Spray https://www.licedoctors.com/product/lice-repellent-spray that coats the hair and has a peppermint sent which lice find repugnant. The combination provides an effective repellent to keep the lice out of your child's hair. If you are sending your child to sleep away camp, send him or her with a couple of bottles of spray. This product could make the difference of your child having a lice free summer or a persistent problem while away.

 

We hope you have a happy and lice-free summer. If your child faces I had lice problem, give LiceDoctors a call and we can help you right away so that your child does not have to miss any camp. Call LiceDoctors at 617-517-4197 for safe, effective head lice service in the comfort of your own home.