Of all the creepy crawly’s around during Halloween, there’s one you probably haven’t thought of that could be lurking – Head Lice in Halloween Costumes.
“Although It’s usually a childhood nuisance thing getting head lice is not classed as a health hazard. It’s certianly not a sign of poor hygiene or dirty hair. Lice spread by contact and this can be heads being together (taking selfies) or sharing costumes and hats” said school nurse Paula Isaac, of Clear Hair West Midlands
Sales of treatment products for head lice increase around this time of year and you might think it has to do with kids going back to school, however the sharing and trying on of costumes could be another cause.
“We have a lot of people going into the shops, trying on masks, costumes and trying on wigs. And a lot of people don’t give much thought into the fact that several people could’ve tried it on before them” said Paula.
Think about it. Halloween departments in our shops have whole isles of masks and wigs available to try at low level to encourage children to try them. And how many people have tried them on prior to your little angel? How do you know the little lice are not happily sitting in there waiting to get to a new territory. Could there be Head Lice in Halloween Costumes? The answer is yes!
What to do to prevent Head Lice in Halloween Costumes you take home.
Some tips to make sure the critters don’t find new homes on your little ones?
- Put your costume or wig in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours before wearing it. Any head lice will die within 24-48 hours.
- Throw dryer friendly items in the dryer on high heat for 45 minutes before wearing them.
- Wear a swim or wig cap to cover yours or your child’s hair to create a barrier that will be tough for lice to cross- remember, you probably will not see an infestation until about a week or two after the trying on as one louse will live quietly laying eggs to result in an infestation weeks later.
- If you or your child does end up with lice, deal with it immediately
- Inform the school so you can make sure others are aware of them
- When you send them out to collect the treats tell them to keep their own costume on
Treat the Live lice first with a Solution and then tackle the eggs- they are the tricky part as they are so tiny you need a product to detangle the hair and ideally one that breaks up the composition of the egg casing, allowing the metal comb to remove the whole thing. Try our Mousse its made with this in mind.
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