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Share hat? Watch out for lice!

For children, sharing clothes is quite normal. But when there is an infestation of lice, that habit can cause further infection. We go over the areas of concern.
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Two sisters using each other’s hair elastics; school friends swapping scarves or sharing a hat; guests at costume parties putting on each other’s headgear for fun… For children, exchanging clothes is quite normal. It’s often great fun, but if there’s a lice outbreak, this habit can of course lead to further infestation. We will go over the key points.

Do lice survive on clothing?

Let’s start with a reassuring message: lice only survive on the scalp, as they need to drink blood every 3 to 4 hours and require a moist and warm (+/- 30 degrees) environment. However, some vigilance is in order. Sharing a hat is not 100% safe, because lice can still survive for 24 hours (up to a maximum of 48 hours) in other places, and can be passed on during that period via clothing and hats, but also items like a shared comb.

Treating a hat: a must?

If it turns out that the friend with whom your son or daughter shared a hat has lice, wash the hat at 60 degrees and it will be ready to be worn again. Are you unsure about certain items that you cannot wash? Put them in a hermetically sealed plastic bag for 48 hours and then place it in a cold environment, or spray them with the natural product Pistal.

Preventive treatment against lice

Are there (yet) no lice to be seen on your child, but you want to be on the safe side? Elimax to the rescue! This lice control product contains an LPF factor that keeps new lice away in various ways, by:

  • reducing the electrostatic charge of the hair
  • emitting a scent that repels lice (but which we don’t smell at all)
  • making the hair structure unsuitable for laying eggs

This way, your child is triple-protected!