Head Lice Can Survive Fun in the Sun!

Head Lice Can Survive Fun in the Sun!

Head lice is more common than most people would like to admit. Most everybody knows someone who has had lice, but despite the common occurrence many myths are still believed to be true.

One such myth is that lice is not a problem during the summer months because kids are not confined to small classroom spaces.  Not true! Here are some Summer Facts About Head Lice:

  • Pool chlorine will NOT kill head lice.
  • Swimming in salt water will NOT kill head lice.
  • Head lice can hold their breath underwater and stay grasped onto hair for up to 2 hours! 
  • Head lice CAN be transmitted in a swimming pool if there is head to head contact.
  • Head lice will NOT be eliminated by getting a short hair cut or buzz cut.
While we are on the subject of myths, here are a few more facts:
  • Head lice can NOT jump, fly, or swim.
  • Head lice is NOT caused by poor personal hygiene.
  • Head lice can NOT crawl along fabric.
The good news is that some precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of getting head lice.
  • Do not share hair brushes, combs, or hair accessories.
  • Do not share towels or bathing caps.
  • Be mindful of head to head contact when playing.
What is the best precaution?  Come into Meticulice for a head check by a certified specialist!

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