Costume hunting for your little one?
Before you make them try out a costume, wig, hat or mask, consider the risks of donning something that has been worn by several strangers. After all, the least you want this Halloween are real monsters invading your home through your child’s hair or clothing — lice!
Here are a few tips on how you can avoid head lice this Halloween:
• Make sure that your child wears a bathing cap over their hair when trying a mask or hat in a store.
• Once you’ve bought a new costume, immediately put it into a tightly sealed bag for a minimum of 48 hours to kill off any lice that may be on it.
• When it comes to dryer-friendly costumes, throw them into the dryer for 45 on high before using them.
Even if it has the brand new tags from the store, we recommend you wash it anyway. You’ll never know where the garment has been before it ended in the shop.
If you or your child does manage to get head lice from costume shopping, it is best to seek the help of a physician or paediatrician. Using over-the-counter shampoos and extracting the lice with a very fine comb are likely to be suggested. In extreme cases, some prescription treatments may be necessary to get rid of the lice from your child.