How to avoid head lice at summer camp
The school year is coming to an end and parents have begun registering their children for summer camps. Summer camps allow children to gain confidence, build friendships, and establish independence. However, head lice at summer camp can also be common.
Camp can be the experience of a lifetime but can also be a breading ground for head lice should there be an out break at the camps facilities. Lice Clinics of Canada wants to help keep lice away from your family this summer with a few tips on how to avoid lice at camp.
Understanding how lice is spread
The best way to avoid lice is to understand how it spreads. One myth surrounding head lice is that it can jump from head to head. Lice do not fly or jump. Lice spread from one person to another through head-to-head contact and can only survive for one to two days without a human host.
Have a chat with your child before they head to camp and explain that if there is a lice outbreak at their camp, that they should avoid sharing bunks, pillows, hair accessories, hats, etc. They should also avoid head-to-head contact, which we know can be common during many summer activities and sports.
Pay attention to early signs of lice
Teach your children the early signs of head lice so that if they do come in contact with someone who has it, that they can be treated at the first sign. Itching is often the most common sign of head lice. However, not everyone becomes itchy when infested with lice, and the itchiness can also be caused by a sunburn and/or dry scalp.
That being said, it is still important to check if itching arises. Red bumps can also appear on the scalp and neck area as lice bite and feed off the host’s blood. Your child should report counselors and staff if any scalp conditions appear.
A crawling sensation on the scalp can also be a sign of head lice and your child should seek immediate attention.
How to treat head lice
Even if your child takes all the necessary precautions to avoid lice, sometimes those little buggers still find a way onto the scalp. If your child does end up with lice, Lice Clinics of Canada can help.
We offer a variety of treatments, including the heated air treatment using the Health Canada-cleared AirAlle device.
The AirAlle treatment kills both lice and nits without the use of harsh chemicals. We can have your child lice free in just 90 minutes and back to enjoying all the summer camp fun the same day!
If you have any questions or need a head lice removal treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have two convenient locations in Kitchener and Oakville and offer same-day appointments.