Head lice tend to be more prevalent during warmer months, so it’s not uncommon for a child to get head lice in summer, especially when attending summer camps, which is why there is often a summer camp lice policy in place. So what is lice and can you prevent them?
What Is Lice?
Head lice are parasites that live on the human head. While anyone can get head lice, it is especially common in school-aged children and their families. Head lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact with another person who has head lice.
Camp Lice Policy
Much like schools, many camps have a camp lice policy surrounding lice. Some have no-nit policies, others have no active lice policies. There are even some that will not admit a child unless they pass a check for head lice. Inevitably, however, children can still get head lice from camp, or a family will get a lice letter to parents from camp.
Tips on How to Prevent Lice in Camps
If you are sending your child to camp, there are a few practical things you can do to ensure your child stays as protected as possible from contracting head lice from another camper. Here are tips on how to prevent lice at camp:
- Educate your child on head lice - explain how head lice is transmitted so they can avoid direct head-to-head contact with others during camp activities.
- Keep their hair artificially dirty - it is more difficult for lice to grab onto dirty hair than clean hair - so add some mousse, hair spray, or a lice repellent spray.
- For longer hair, keep the hair up in a bun or a braid - this minimizes the contact area available for a louse to grab onto.
- Perform regular head lice checks on everyone in the home - the sooner an infestation is caught, the easier it is to treat.
- Advise your child not to share towels or other vectors.
- For overnight camps, we recommend that all campers be screened by a professional lice service, like LiceDoctors, or the camp nurse upon arrival at camp.
Children often count the days until their beloved summer camp season starts. The last thing you want is for your child to spend the summer in the infirmary with head lice that won’t go away. Summer lice at camp? Give LiceDoctors a call at 800-224-2537, and we can help you out!