Tips for preventing head lice during winter months
The colder months are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to bust out the winter accessories, including mitts, boots, and of course hats. Winter tends to be a popular time for lice outbreaks, but don’t worry, there are ways to prevent it.
Lice don’t jump or fly, so you don’t have to worry about them jumping from one person’s hair onto the coat or hat of another person. However, it’s still important to use preventatives in order to avoid a head lice infestation during the winter months.
Lice can’t survive without two things:
- Warmth from the human scalp; and
- Human blood to feed on.
What can you do to prevent lice during the winter months? Here are a few tips:
Stick with your own winter accessories
Tell your kids not to wear other people’s hats and hair accessories and be sure to continue to do head checks at least once every two weeks on everyone in the household.
Use lice prevention products
Lice Clinics of Canada offers preventative spray, shampoo and conditioner. These preventatives attack a louse’s “olfactory” nerves. In other words, lice can’t stand the smell. They will smell pleasant to you and your child, but not to lice.
Since lice move to new hosts primarily through head-to-head contact, they will most likely avoid a head that smells like these preventatives.
Talk to your friends and family
Silence about head lice is one of the critter’s best friends. People don’t like to talk about lice because of their unearned connection to poor hygiene. Without discussing lice with those around you, it’s easier to become reinfested. The last thing you want is to spend time and money getting rid of a head lice infestation, only to get it again a short time later.
Talk to your friends and family about lice preventatives and encourage them to do the same. Anyone who has dealt with lice in the past will appreciate it.
If your kids do get lice, don’t panic. Lice Clinics of Canada can you lice-free in just 90 minutes. Our Health Canada-cleared medical device is clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 per cent of eggs.
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