head lice back to school season

Back to School…Back to Head Lice?

Back to school is a busy time for parents – and head lice. It’s understandable why head lice cases increase in August and September, as children are returning to school after spending months at camp, daycare and other kids’ homes. There is plenty of opportunity for lice to spread in these settings, and many of the children won’t know they have lice just yet. 

Now that most schools are back in session for the new school year, it’s not a bad idea to educate your child and family on head lice. These tiny, wingless pests are not dangerous, but they are a nuisance. If there are ways to protect your family, we’re sure you would want to know!

Why Back to School Time is Busy for Lice 

Lice are crawlers. They cannot jump, hop or fly, so they crawl from one head to the next using strands of hair for leverage. Although lice can be spread from pillows, blankets and other items, this is unusual. Lice are most commonly spread through head-to-head contact, such as when playing games or roughhousing. 

The reality is that summer camps, daycares and playdates provide plenty of opportunities for kids to be close together. Your child can contract lice right away, but you won’t know it because probably just one louse is settling in. It won’t be until the louse lays eggs, the eggs hatch and the infestation grows that you will notice symptoms, a process that takes 4-6 weeks. 

So, when you consider it takes 4-6 weeks before symptoms show up, there could be a handful of kids who have lice and don’t know it. 

Ways to Prevent Head Lice at the Start of the School Year 

Now, it’s important to know that it’s not always possible to prevent lice infestations. There are many things you and your child can do to lower the risk, but lice are stubborn and very good at finding hosts. Still, it’s worth following these tips to prevent the spread of head lice at back to school time. 

  • No share rule. Talk to your child about not sharing certain items like hats, scarves and hair accessories. Label all of their belongings to prevent mix-ups. 
  • Use the cubby. If your child has a locker or cubby at school, encourage them to use it to store their stuff. This keeps their belongings in a safe and personal space. 
  • Apply a lice repellent. For extra protection, use a lice repellent like this one from My Hair Helpers. It smells like mint – a scent that lice hate but kids (and parents!) love. 
  • Check for lice. Once a week, comb through your child’s hair after their shower or bath. An adult louse is the size of a sesame seed and tan or gray in color. Nits are more difficult to see, but you can feel them if you run your fingernail down the scalp to the hair shaft. 

If your child does turn up with lice at back to school time, don’t panic! Lice do not spread germs or bacteria. Give My Hair Helpers a call to schedule an appointment, or shop our head lice products online. Our proprietary products are safe and effective for all hair types. 

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FAQ's

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that are blood-sucking parasites. They live on the scalp of humans. Head lice are the little and wingless insects with a size of sesame seeds that make their home on the human head and spread diseases by sucking the blood from the scalp. Infections and diseases caused by head lice are generally faced by on-going school students and their family members as the head of students come in contact with the head of other students. Contact My Hair Helpers to guaranteed head lice removal services. We are professional head lice removal experts known for our best service and customer support.

WHERE DO HEAD LICE COME FROM?

The evidence for head lice goes back many centuries. Lice was named as the third plague in the Old Testament of the Bible. The shell casings for lice have been found on Egyptian mummies. Live Lice on the head and their eggs can be killed by opting for different lice treatments that are available in different forms such as lotions, shampoos, and creams and these can be used at home without any hassle. It is necessary for the women who are pregnant or breastfeed their babies to take suggestions from a renowned doctor about the risk-free products.

HOW DO WE GET LICE?

In the majority of cases, head lice is passed with head to head contact. A smaller number of cases are passed through brushes and combs and sharing hats. Lice don’t like to leave their food supply unless a warm head is waiting for them.

DOES GETTING HEAD LICE MEAN I’M DIRTY?

Head lice actually prefer clean hair! It’s more difficult for them to lay eggs on greasy or dirty hair.