This post is sponsored by LiceGuard. As always, all opinions are my own.
Lice is that four letter word that almost everyone gets squeamish about. When I hear it, I immediately start to feel a little itchy. Now, we also have to worry about Super lice. If your kiddos are headed to summer camp, you may be concerned about your kids coming home with some not-so-great souvenirs. Before I share some ways to avoid lice at summer camp, let’s break down some myths about lice.
Facts About Lice
When you fear something, it’s important to do your research. I personally think it’s important to know how lice is spread. Most kids are busy having fun, so they’re not the ones worried about getting lice, the parents are.
As a kid, I remember thinking that lice found its way around by hopping or jumping. This isn’t true. Lice can only infest another person by having direct contact with an infested person. When kids throw hats and clothing on top of each other, this is the quickest way for a person to get lice. Head to head contact is also a common way for a person to get lice.
Cleanliness Doesn’t Matter
Although being clean doesn’t hurt anything, it doesn’t help in the case of getting lice. Anyone can get lice whether they’re clean or not. Lice love anyone’s hair because they are after blood.
How to Avoid Lice at Summer Camp
Now that you know some myths about lice, you can help your child avoid this type of itchy infestation. Here is how to avoid lice at summer camp.
1. No Sharing!
I know we're always telling our kids that they're supposed to share, but summer camp is NOT the time to do that. Make sure that kids know not to share their towels, blankets, pillows, hats or other clothing items with their friends.
2. Shampoo or Repellent Spray
A lot of people have found that lice do not like coconut, tea tree, and lavender. I'm not sure about that, but I don't think a few drops of essential oil added to your shampoo will hurt!
LiceGuard makes a repellent spray that is a safe and effective way to prevent your child from getting lice during an outbreak. With just a few sprays of the concentrated non-toxic solution and your kiddo will be protected for 24 hours. It contains no pesticides and is made with natural ingredients that leave behind a pleasant scent. One bottle of Lice Repellent Spray is enough to treat one person for up to 60-days!
3. Daily Head Checks
Lice is nothing to mess around with. It’s one of those things that the sooner you deal with it, the better. If you send your kids to a summer day camp, you may discover that checking their head daily is easy. However, if your kids are going to an overnight camp, you’ll have to wait until they get back. Double check with the camp to make sure they do their own checks.
4. Put That Hair Up!
It's easier to avoid lice if hair is kept short. For boys, a great short cut is perfect for summer anyway! For the girls, keep their hair up or in a tight braid because lice can come into contact with loose long hair. Plus, a person who has longer hair may have a harder time managing a lice infestation within their hair.
If your kids do come home from their amazing week at summer camp with lice, try your best not to freak out! That's absolutely not going to help. Pick up RobiComb® Lice Zapping Comb from LiceGuard. You can find it at stores like Walmart and CVS or shop online at LiceGuard.
The RobiComb® is unlike any lice product on the market. It is an electric lice comb that uses MicroCharge technology to zap lice on contact with a safe electric pulse that kills lice but won't hurt kids. No more dousing your kids with messy, smelly, toxic chemicals! Simply run the RobiComb through clean, dry hair and listen as you eliminate lice on contact!
When the kids come home from camp, run their clothes and bedding through the wash with Launder Lice. Although lice and eggs can't survive long without the host, this is just one extra measure to help fight an infestation as quickly as possible.
Let the kids have a blast this year at summer camp! Use these tips to help avoid lice at summer camp and try not to stress too much if they do come home with it. Check out LiceGuard's Lice Treatment Guide for more info.