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Head Lice Transmission at Children's Parties

Head lice ruin girl's birthday party

Updated on July 19, 2020

It's your child’s birthday and there is a head lice epidemic among her friends. What are you to do?

We frequently receive phone calls from parents whose children are going to a party, or are having a party, or went to a party with other children who are likely to have head lice. They are concerned about their children and want to know how lice are transmitted, how likely it is for lice to be transmitted to their child, and how do you prevent lice from being transmitted? Basically they want to know if they should keep their child home from the party or if it is safe for their child to go to the party.

Let’s face it: no child wants to be left out of a party especially his or her own birthday party! If you know that there are lice going around, there are a few precautions you can take with your child to minimize the chances that he or she will get head lice.

  1. Check your child's head immediately before she goes to the party and as soon as she comes home from the party. Place the child by a bright window, under a bright light, or outside for best viewing. Keep in mind, however, that head lice move very quickly and if it is a new case, you may not see any signs on the head.
  2. Make sure that any child who has long hair, has her hair up in a bun or in a braid. If the bug has less access to the hair, it is more difficult for the pests to find their way onto a child's head.
  3. Cover their hair with hairspray, mousse, gel, or even better use a lice repellent spray like LiceDoctors Peppermint Lice Repellent Spray. ( This coating will act as a barrier against lice.
  4. Educate your child as to how lice are transmitted. Tell him or her that lice are bugs that crawl from one to head to another. Instruct the child to keep that in mind especially if there is an outbreak among her friends; while young children can be impulsive urge them  to avoid hugging and whispering and coming into close contact at the party.

Then keep your fingers crossed! We don't mean to sound glib, however, in today's world where lice are so common place, unless you literally sequester your child, he or she will be at risk when around other children in social settings. While the aforementioned suggestions will help to minimize the risk of your child getting head lice, nothing will absolutely prevent it. We urge you to be vigilant and keep an eye out for signs of scratching. If you suspect your child may have head lice or has been exposed, give us a call at 909-266-2459 and we will send a lice expert to your home at your convenience to assess the case and if there are lice to eradicate them.