Common Ways (and Places) to Get Head Lice

According to the Academy of Dermatology, every year 6-12 million children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old get head lice. This can lead to parents being hyper-cautious when it comes to protecting their children from these pests. And even though a bit of caution is never a bad thing, it is also important to know exactly how head lice are likely to be spread and where they hide. In this way, parents can be on guard and help prevent their children from getting head lice. To help you protect your children and your community from these parasites, we present the following places and ways people are likely to transfer head lice to each other.

  • Classrooms: Classrooms are at the epicenter of lice transmission. This is because children tend to socialize in close proximity to each other and in the process they transmit all manner of communicable diseases and conditions.
  • Team sports: Group hugs, huddles, formations, are all a part of softball, basketball and other team sports your child may play. Unfortunately, such head-to-head proximity is the perfect way from lice to move from one child to another. Moreover, group athletics often involves the sharing of helmets and softball caps which can also contribute to the spread of lice.
  • Slumber parties: Slumber parties may be fun for us humans but they present the perfect opportunity for lice to move from the head of one child to another. Lice require human blood to survive and as they seek out new hosts, they take advantage of the close quarters that sleepover and slumber party-goers share.
  • Hotels/Camps: Hotels and camps are sometimes not the cleanliest places in the word. In fact, as several TV reports have shown, they can be rather messy. Lice can hide in pillows, sheets and blankets waiting for the opportunity to come into contact with a guest’s head.
  • Public events: Movies theaters, air planes, malls, department stores are all places where lice can thrive. These parasites can craftily hide in the head rest of movie theaters, air plane seats, etc., waiting for their next victim.

In short, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. You cannot be vigilant to the spread of head lice without a clear understanding of how they are transmitted. These public places are all contact points where lice can hide and potentially spread to your community. Worst still is the fact that doctors have now confirmed that in 25 states lice have grown resistant to traditional medicines. This is why we are proud that our products contain natural head lice removal formulas for lice removal in Thousand Oaks.

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