Parents might think that lice won’t thrive and spread during the colder months, but that’s just another myth about lice. With kids back at school and especially with holiday travel, colder weather months are actually times with the highest amount of lice outbreaks.
While lice nits won’t hatch when it is below room temperature, they survive based on the body temperature of a human – not the temperature outside. But there are precautions you can take to avoid getting and spreading lice. Here are some prevention tips and what to do if you do become infested with lice:
Prepare for back to school
Make sure to be in touch with your child’s teachers and school administrators if you suspect an outbreak may be happening at school.
Avoid sharing winter attire
It may be tempting to let your kids share scarves and hats during the winter, but this is one of the most notorious ways that lice are spread. If you think that you or your child has lice, be sure to wash all of your attire thoroughly, especially winter accessories. Also, check out the blog about what to do in your home after a lice outbreak.
Be mindful when traveling
With families traveling during the holidays, it’s important to take precautions to prevent a lice outbreak. Make sure to read hotel reviews before booking, use your own personal hygiene tools and get screened for lice at the first sign of any lice symptoms.
Get screened and treated immediately
Don’t let the cold temperatures prevent you from getting screened or treated for lice at a professional clinic such as Licenders. With six locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Connecticut and Long Island, and same-day appointments or walk-in options available seven days per week, we make it easy to visit one of our lice treatment clinics.
If it is too cold for you to visit a clinic location, Licenders can come to you with our house call services. Our house call services include screenings and treating your entire family and your home. If you need one of our experienced clinicians to visit your home, call 888-984-3042 and a clinician will come to your home within an hour.
To make an appointment at one of our clinics, contact us or call us at 212-759-5200. To learn more about Licenders or to share your tips on how you prevent a lice outbreak during the winter months, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn for our latest tips and updates!