Health & Fit Boo! There Might Be Lice in Your Kid's Halloween Costume

18:34  12 october  2017
18:34  12 october  2017 Source:   mom.me

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Doctors are seeing a jump in cases of head lice this time of year, according to news outlet WTOL, not because of the start of school, but because of Halloween costume shopping. That Frankenstein mask or witch hat might be really tempting to try on

So whereas your kids might not fall ill due to costume -spread lice , anyone who' s had lice in their home knows: it' s a total pain to get lice out of hair, bedding, blankets, coats, and yes — Halloween costumes .

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A circulating Halloween PSA is turning out to be the stuff of nightmares for parents. But unlike terrifying clowns or candies containing doses of mind-altering THC that haunted people in previous years, lice is this year's biggest worry. While having lice isn't a major health problem, those itchy buggers are downright annoying, as people who have spent an entire day cleaning their homes and delousing their children can attest to.

Doctors are seeing a jump in cases of head lice this time of year, according to news outlet WTOL, not because of the start of school, but because of Halloween costume shopping. That Frankenstein mask or witch hat might be really tempting to try on, but you might want to ditch the family selfie opportunity because something else could be lurking in there.

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If you still need to get Halloween costumes for your brood, the scariest part of the holiday might be what's waiting at the store. And no, we ' re not talking. Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Lice Lurking in Your Kid ' s Halloween Costume .

Filed Under:Chris Melore, Halloween , Halloween Costumes , Head Lice , talkers. CBS Local — Halloween is usually filled with creepy crawlers, but health experts are warning that there may be real ones lurking inside your costume ’ s mask this year.

"We have a lot of people going into stores right now, trying on masks, trying on costumes and trying on wigs. And a lot of people don't give much thought to the fact that several people could've tried it on before them," Cherie Sexton, a pediatric nurse practitioner, told WTOL.

To prevent this, try not to put on any masks or hats until after you've gone home and treated the costume properly. Washing, soaking or drying costumes at a high heat (greater than 130 degrees F), or sealing the costume in a plastic bag for 48 hours before wearing it should do the trick, as head lice should die within 24-48 hours outside of a human host.

But sometimes it can be hard to wait to try a costume on until you get home. How else would you know if it fits, right? If you or your kid must try on a costume at the store, experts suggest wearing a swim or wig cap that protects the hair from touching the surface of the costume.

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Weather Kids . When you head to the Halloween store, your likely focused on finding the perfect costume to score some scares, but what you aren't paying attention too Doctors report a shocking increase in lice and scabies this time of year and the likely culprit may be your new-found mask.

If you do end up having a lice infestation on your hands, expect to go through the five emotional stages of lice anxiety that many parents are now familiar with. Follow our step-by-step guide to getting rid of them. And remember: You're way bigger than those creepy crawlers! Keep calm and scary on.

Slideshow: What you need to know about lice (Courtesy: Cheapism)

REAL HEAD-SCRATCHERS: For some unlucky kids, back-to-school time brings the return of an itchy little pest: head lice. Every year, children are <a href=sent home from school because them. While these tiny bloodsuckers are a major annoyance, experts stress that there’s little health risk associated with lice infestations. Find out all you need to know about lice, from basic facts to diagnosis and treatment." src="/upload/images/real/2017/10/12/real-head-scratchers-for-some-unlucky-kids-back-to-school-time-brings-the-return-of-an-itchy-little-_65275_.jpg?content=1" /> Everything You Need to Know About Lice

Southwest booted family over false concerns of lice, dad says .
A family from Chicago claims they were booted from a Southwest flight over false concerns that their daughters were harboring lice — and they say it ultimately ruined their vacation to Disneyland. The Newman family was reportedly waiting in the terminal for their flight to Santa Ana on Friday afternoon when a Southwest agent approached the family and informed them that they would not be able to fly with the airline, according to NBC 5 Chicago.“That they saw my wife going through my daughter’s hair and that she might have lice," father J Newman told the site.

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