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Keep Your Family Lice Free During the Holidays

The holidays are officially here! Knowing that head lice is most common in school aged children, you may think that the chances for head lice infestations are lower this time of year due to more time at home. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. In fact, we see a lot of active infestations during the holidays. 

We always remind our families that it’s not possible to avoid lice 100% of the time. If you have hair, you can get lice. It’s that simple. But, it’s important to know that there are many proactive steps you can take to keep your family lice free. This couldn’t be more important than now when extended family and friends look forward to seeing your children for the holidays. Don’t let head lice ruin your plans!

Below are the three most common ways that kids get head lice over the holiday season and how to reduce your risk. 

Holiday Family Vacations 

Over the holidays, it’s common for families to take vacations to unwind and relax. If you plan on staying at a hotel or waterpark, you’ll be lodging with hundreds of other families. Head lice can be spread in a number of ways, including at the pool or waterpark. Because lice can survive up to 8 hours in the water, they can technically find their way onto another head. It’s rare, but it does happen. 

Here are some prevention tips when enjoying your winter family vacation: 

  • Wear swimming caps (we know, they’re not fashion statements but they work!)
  • Apply a lice prevention spray like My Mint Spray 
  • Wipe down the backs of chairs before sitting down for a meal 
  • Check your child’s hair for nits or lice 

Home for the Holidays 

The holidays are a time when friends and family come together. Whether you’re hosting the holidays or traveling to someone else’s home, there’s a chance for head lice to spread. Just think about the hugs and kisses that grandchildren share with their grandparents or how close cousins play together. Close contact happens all the time when family gets together! 

To prevent the spread of head lice at your family gatherings, here are a few tips: 

  • Keep articles of clothing separate
  • Tuck hats into coat sleeves 
  • Vacuum high traffic areas where the kids play 
  • Use a lice repellent spray on your child 
  • Check your child’s hair weekly 

Community Holiday Events 

This time of the year also means extra festivities at your child’s school or daycare. Your child might be participating in a school play or having a visit from Santa Claus. This time of year puts a lot of kids together in close quarters, so talk to your child about smart prevention strategies like the following: 

  • Keep your child’s hair tied back in a bun or braid 
  • Remind your child to tuck their hat into their coat sleeve 
  • Give your child’s hair a pump of mint spray 
  • Check your child’s hair each week for lice or nits 

The holidays are a time for togetherness with friends, family and the community, but it also creates new opportunities for lice to spread. By following the tips above, you can prevent lice from inviting themselves into your home for the holidays. And, if you do happen to catch a louse or lice in your child’s hair, you can remove it or treat the infestation with a treatment kit from My Hair Helpers

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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.