Spring and summer present a time where kids are changing their social circles and that means Head Lice are on the move!
It is a fact, when kids attend camps, sleepovers, sporting events where helmets are used, lice outbreaks occur. So, what does a parent do?
The following tips and tricks for prevent head lice:
- Use Ladibugs Lice Prevention: Shampoo, conditioner, mint spray, detangler
- Put long hair back in pony tail, bun, braids.
- DO NOT share hats, helmets, combs, brushes, hair accessories.
- Avoid head to head contact if possible… limit group selfies!
Statistically head lice affects an estimated 12-20 million people in the US every year. Once a child has head lice, 85% of their siblings will acquire, 65% of moms and 10% of care givers. As you can see head lice is not only a childhood issue but a family issue. It is always a good idea to do frequent head checks before and after camps to ensure no lice are brought back to the home environment. You will want to look at the first half inch of the hair shaft from the scalp out for tiny tear drop shaped nits/eggs. You will know for sure if the tear drop shaped nit/egg is attached tightly to the hair shaft. It will be unable to be brushed off hair shaft unlike dry scalp or dandruff.
One of the most important pieces of advice is to talk to the parents in your social circles if your child does acquire lice. Let others who have been around your children know. Lice is not something to be embarrassed by as lice likes clean hair and knows no socioeconomic differences. By being upfront and honest with those in your friend circles it will help massive outbreaks and lessen the time and financial commitment to treating these pesky parasites!
For more resources on head lice go to www.ladibugsinc.com and you will find photos, FAQ’s and where to buy prevention products. The time is now to prevent lice so they don’t wreak havoc on your summer!