So you have heard that lice are more prevalent at certain times of the year than at others. Does that mean that you don’t have to worry about getting lice at other times of the year? Sorry, but no. There are, though, certain times of the year when lice are passed around in overwhelming numbers.
When Is Lice Season?
One can say that summer and fall are peak lice seasons. There tend to surge in lice cases at these two times of the year. This is mainly due to human behavior, not the natural life cycle of the insects.
Lice are passed among children when they are at camp, playdates, and school as lice move from head to head. With social distancing and school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lice season 2020 resulted in fewer cases. Now we ask, “what human social activity is going to trigger lice season 2021?”
How Not to Get Lice at School?
Usually, younger kids bring it home since they are exposed through play and sports that involve more physical contact than adults have, especially during summer camp and back-to-school time.
For group activities in school and sports, have kids tie hair back. Use hair products, both those designed to repel lice, and any sticky or oily product will help (lice love CLEAN hair). Teach them not to share hats or hair ties, and get them their helmet for sports. Remind them not to sit too close to classmates, especially if there is an outbreak.
Even with precautions, do weekly head checks during the school year and after camp and playdates. Anyone with hair can get head lice, so check all family members if lice exposure is suspected.
Don't let head lice season catch you off-guard; call the experts at LiceDoctors for a discreet in-home lice assessment and removal at the first sign of lice, and be extra vigilant about lice checks during lice season.