While there is no “season” for head lice, it can be more common in the winter months as children and families are in tighter quarters, families gather for the holidays and winter apparel is swapped and shared.

We’ve compiled the top tips to keep head lice from affecting your family this winter.

1. Don’t Share Hats, Jackets or Scarves

It’s less common for lice to spread through clothing but it’s always a good idea to remind your child not to share hats or winter clothing that comes in contact with hair.

2. Avoid ‘Community Piles’

If your child wears a jacket and hat to school, it’s best to put them in their backpack when they get to school. Avoid piling hats or scarves in piles in the classroom or at recess.

3. Wear a Hoodie at Movie Theaters and on Airplanes

If you’re traveling this winter or heading to a movie, bring along a hooded jacket or sweater to avoid any chance of head lice from the seat you or your child are sitting in.

4. Keep Hair in Tight Buns and Braids

Girls with long hair are especially susceptible to getting head lice since head to head contact is the most common way licd is spread. Loose hair is more likely to come in contact with hair from another child or adult with an active case of head lice.

Keep in mind, 97% of head lice cases are spread through direct head to head contact. So the best way to prevent lice is to avoid close head contact with others, that includes selfies, sharing a pillow, whispering and hugging.

Lice also have an acute sense of smell and do not like scents including mint, rosemary and tea tree oil. Use our mint scented Lice Prevention Spray each morning to keep head lice from moving onto your or your child’s head.

 

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We are following strict Coronavirus precautions and safety guidelines. We are taking temperatures of all visitors, and only allowing one family in the clinic at a time. We will require masks to be worn while inside the clinic, while also performing enhanced disinfection routines between each appointment. Our attention to preventing cross-contamination has always been top of mind at Pediatric Hair Solutions, which is why we find it imperative to do a pre-treatment prior to using heated air when treating lice. Times are changing, but our commitment to professional health care is not.