Millions of people are planning their getaways this summer. Family vacations are a healthy way to forget your troubles and leave the stress behind. In fact, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. elaborated on this topic in a recent article in Psychology Today,“Vacations have the potential to break into the stress cycle. We emerge from a successful vacation feeling ready to take on the world again. We gain perspective on our problems, get to relax with our families and friends, and get a break from our usual routines.”
So, what makes a vacation successful? Making memories, creating bonding time, having fun and definitely coming home head lice free! Did you know traveling can put your family at risk of contracting head lice? Here is some expert advice on ways traveling makes you susceptible and how to avoid head lice on your vacation.
Beware of Hitchhiking Head Lice
1.73 million people flew commercial airlines every single day in 2017, according to The Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That is millions of people sharing seatbacks, standing in overcrowded lines, and pushing through groups to catch a flight. All possible scenarios where head lice can be passed from person to person. Seats are not sanitized regularly enough to kill head lice on airplane seats.
Lice or nits can stay alive for 2 days when they are removed from the head of a human. That means it could be waiting in the woven fabrics of the seat, looking for its new host to provide shelter and food. Millions of travelers each day make your chances of catching lice on a flight, on a public bus, in a taxi, or any means of public transportation greater than you may think. Especially during summer months when travel is more common.
Heavily, crowded areas with large groups of people are always riskier when it comes to head lice. Amusement parks, beaches, theaters, malls or ball games are all places where direct contact may be unavoidable as someone pushes up against you in line, or bumps into you unknowingly to get past.
Super lice, lice resistant to over the counter treatments, are now more prevalent in the U.S. than ever. While traveling be aware that these super lice have been reported in 48 out of the 50 states in the U.S.
Family vacations mean staying in hotels, motels, RVs, tents, or accommodations that put your family members within close proximity to each other. Direct contact is the most common way head lice are passed from person to person. Living closer together means more contact is inevitable.
Sharing is often more common on vacations. Timmy forgot his pillow, or Mary left her towel at the pool. Any of the personal items we use that could be harboring lice are sometimes shared by more people and more often on trips. We might not have access to washing machines as often as well.
Travel Tips to Avoid Head Lice on Your Vacation
Don’t be lackadaisical about head lice on your vacation. Sometimes during the fun and adventure, we can forget to be cautious. Maybe it would help to talk to your kids beforehand about being diligent to avoid head lice.
Each person should use their own beddings, towels, hats, jackets, stuffed animals or even headphones while traveling. Individuals should try to use their own personal belongings and not share even in cars or while traveling on airplanes. Passing head lice is very common by sharing bedding and headgear. This does not change just because you are taking a vacation.
Avoid trying on hats and jackets at gift shops. Think of the thousands of people who may be trying on the same hat. Avoid this by coming prepared with your own gear from home. Order a hat online beforehand and sport it during the whole trip. It could still count as a souvenir and not be a risk for head lice.
Remember, people with long hair are more at risk for catching head lice. Did you know that head lice grasp hair strands with little claws attached to the end of their legs? Longer hair is more easy for them to attach to. Pull it back into a hat, up into a braid or ponytail to avoid contact with head lice.
Perform head lice checks on the scalps of all your family members before you leave for vacation. Vacation fun time is not the best time to discover one of your family members has head lice! Check beforehand to make sure you don’t have a huge problem on your hand once you reach your destination. Remember, sometimes symptoms can take weeks to manifest.
Utilize the Lice Clinics of America and their professional advice! We help thousands of people with head lice every day. Our clinics offer professional nit combs and kits to help you effectively prevent and treat head lice. Call us today to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about head lice checks.
Lice treatment can be a pain, but not when you come to our clinic. We make it simple and fast! Not to mention that it’s perfectly safe. Here are 4 facts about head lice that you may not know.
1. Lice Can Infect Anyone
There’s not a certain nationality or style of hair that lice like best. They will live in any type of hair and they are spread through head-to-head contact. Most people think lice like dirty hair but studies show that they actually prefer a clean head of hair. However, they will infest both. Head lice are not a result of uncleanliness or hygiene, they have nothing to do with that. Lice cannot infest a bald head. They need hair strains to attach to and lay their eggs in and they need a scalp to get a blood supply from.
2. Your Child Has Probably Had Lice For a While
The first symptom of head lice is itching. The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva. It often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start, hence why you might not even know about a head lice infestation until a few weeks into having it. This is why head checks are important, which brings us to number 3.
3. Head Checks Are The Best Way To Detect Lice
The sooner you find lice, the sooner you can get rid of them, preventing them from spreading to anyone else. Nobody wants to be the reason for a lice outbreak at school. The only way to catch lice early on is to perform regular head checks on your children. Do it weekly if they are young and daily if there’s an outbreak at school.
4. We Offer The Best Lice Treatment Around
If you need lice treatment, look no further than our clinic. If you haven’t heard, our clinic is home to the revolutionary and FDA-cleared AirAllé device which blows controlled heat to dehydrate lice and their nits. It’s safe, fast and effective.
Now you know a little bit more about head lice. Call us if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment!
Most of us look forward to summer all year long and then the time comes and many of us struggle to pull our kids away from their video games or get them off the couch. Looking for some ways to keep your kids active? Here are 6 summer activities to do in the Houston area.
Nature Story Time
Come to Nature Discovery Center Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a free story time. This is a great way to keep your kids reading and listening during their summer break and this particular story time goes beyond the typical book reading as it includes live animals, puppets, short nature walks, crafts or songs and nature stories. It’s located at 7112 Newcastle and kids love it.
What kid doesn’t love a day at the Zoo? The Houston Zoo is a great place to take your kids as a reward for good grades during the school year or to celebrate a birthday or just have a family day. This is a fun place for toddlers or teens. Check out their website for prices and additional details.
Splashway Family Waterpark
Texas has some blazing hot summer days and sometimes you just want to be in the water all day. Splashway is a perfect place to do that as you enjoy water slides, a lazy river, and even has a campground. A day in the water and a night at the campfire sounds like a pretty amazing family outing to us. What do you think?
Children’s Museum Of Houston
The Children’s Museum of Houston is said to be a “playground for your mind.” It is filled with interactive exhibits and lets them step into the shoes of their dream career such as inventing things, programming robots, anchoring the news, running a business, getting elected as mayor and much more! Thursday nights are free for families.
Brazos Bend State Park
At Brazos Bend State Park you can bike, fish, hike, camp, stargaze and more. There are opportunities to take guided hikes and learn about the natural history around you.
Does your child have an interest in crocodiles? Then the Crocodile Encounter might be a place to visit this summer. It is the home to the largest group of Nile crocodiles in the country. You can see some pretty cool animals and get close to them. It’s a unique experience and one that can’t be passed up!
Whether you spend a day with the zebras or soak up the sun at a water park, we hope you create some amazing memories with your children. Happy Summer!