Lice Clinics of Canada – Kitchener Shares Summer Lice Prevention Tips
Summer time is about to kick off and it’s an exciting time for most of us! Unfortunately, lice don’t take summer off. In fact, summer months often spur an uptake in cases of head lice when children spend an extended amount of time together with sleepovers, camps, and family vacations.
Summer vacations when kids are sleeping together, or staying with other families, are opportunities for the spread of head lice. Here are a few things you can do to decrease the odds that your child will bring lice home from summer sleepovers and vacations.
- First and foremost, get a professional head check before and after vacations or camps. Make sure that your child doesn’t already have head lice before you leave. Many children have lice without knowing it. It can take up to two weeks before symptoms like itching start to occur. Check again when you get home.
- Use a lice prevention product like Lice Clinics of Canada’s Lice Preventer Kit. It’s a non-toxic alternative to many over-the-counter products. You apply it at shower time, and it works as a kind of lice repellant for up to six weeks.
- Make sure your children have their own hair care tools and accessories like combs, brushes, clips and anything else they use on their hair. Sharing items that contain strands of hair is one way that lice can spread.
- If children will be swimming, they shouldn’t share towels at the pool or beach. Lice can hold their breath for up to eight hours, so if your child uses a towel that others have used to dry their hair, it could be an opportunity for head lice to climb on board.
- In general, discourage sharing of personal items. This can be a difficult lesson for parents to give children. We all want our children to be kind and to share. However, although chances are small things like towels, pillows, hats, scarves, jackets and any other products where detached strands of hair might be found can be a source of head lice. Because head lice can’t live anywhere but on a human scalp, if they are on hair that falls off of someone, they will do whatever they can to return to a human head.
Finally, if your child does come home with head lice, don’t panic or punish yourself. You and your child didn’t do anything wrong. Aprox. 6 – 12 million people get head lice each year in the United States alone. It’s like catching a cold.
Lice Clinics of Canada – Kitchener also wants you to know that getting rid of head lice is easier than ever, thanks to their Health Canada-cleared solution, the AirAllé® medical device. It uses heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs and has been clinically shown to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of nits in a single treatment that takes about 90 minutes. Also, the service is guaranteed to be effective in only one visit!
When you come in for a head check and we find head lice or nits on your child, we can treat them on the spot, and you’ll leave our clinic lice-free, guaranteed. Lice Clinics of Canada – Kitchener is located at 907 Frederick St. and is open seven days a week by appointment. To book an appointment for a head screening please call us anytime at 519-208-LICE (5423).