With Halloween comes costumes, and with costumes comes many people trying them on, some of which may have head lice.
According to reports, doctors see an increase in cases of head lice at this time of year, partly down to halloween costumes.
Children tend to try on several costumes and masks at popular pop up Halloween stores and supermarkets, and just one person with head lice can spread them to others who try on the same items.
What can you do to help prevent spreading the head lice to your little ones?
- Seal costumes or head wear in a plastic bag for two days, as any lice attached should die in 24-48 hours.
- Put dryer friendly items in the dryer on high for 45 minutes before wearing them.
- Wearing a swim cap to cover your hair will create a second barrier between you, your costume, and any potential lice.
If you do notice any crawlies going around, make sure to comb them out, and check a week later to ensure an infestation hasn’t taken hold. If you need help with any infestations or want to us to check, contact your nearest Hairforce branch.