This holiday season many parents can appreciate the value of a head-lice free Christmas. With families coming together to spend quality time, make your list for head lice prevention tips, and make sure to check it twice!
During your holiday season especially it is wise to heed the following warnings! These tips will help keep your family and friends protected from catching or spreading head lice.
Tip #1 – Take your children to Lice Clinics of America for a head lice check.
We offer in-clinic head lice screenings that can give you the peace of mind that your child is head lice free. After months of school, sports, extracurriculars and spending time with friends, it is always a good idea to ensure your family is free of head lice before heading off to Grandma’s or the cousin’s house for the holidays. We will show you what to watch for in a head lice infestation, and provide you with the proper tools to continue checking for yourself at home.
Why is this important? Did you know that head lice symptoms usually take over three weeks to manifest? That means catching the problem early on is key to stopping it quickly!
Tip #2 – Talk to your kids about sharing.
Obviously, at Christmas, we want to promote love, kindness, and charity. Although, sharing when it comes to head lice is something kids need to understand is not a good idea. Talk to them about not using the same pillows, blankets, hats, helmets, beanies or ear muffs as cousins or friends. Even your teens with their headphones can pass on lice unexpectedly. Just giving them that quick reminder that hairbrushes, towels, hair accessories, or hats should be left for individual use can go a long way in preventing head lice.
Why is this important? Head lice affect up to 12 million children every year in the United States. Head lice outbreaks are becoming harder and harder to control as lice are showing strong immunities to over the counter lice shampoos. The number one way head lice are passed on is direct head to head contact, and the number two way is through sharing object head lice or nits are hiding on.
Tip #3 – It’s always a good idea to come prepared!
Every couple of days use a nitpicking comb to sift through your child’s hair, watching for signs and symptoms of head lice or nits. Look for white eggs close to the scalp, or red rashes and bumps that could be a clue head lice are present. Stop by our clinic and talk to us about preventative shampoos and treatments that can be purchased. It’s never a bad idea to be cautious and ready to hit head lice hard if you think your child is infected.
Call Lice Clinics of America this holiday season. We can help keep your spirits merry, bright and free from head lice!