Watch out! Lice may be lurking in your child's Halloween costume

Watch out! Lice may be lurking in your child's Halloween costume

Watch out! Lice may be lurking in your child's Halloween costume

Scratching your head trying to find the ideal Halloween costume? According to reports, doctors see a spike in head lice cases this time of year.

It may be your costume that's making you itch ― from head lice. Although many people associate it with the start of the school year, the real cause may be even scarier: Halloween costumes.

Experts recommend not trying on any costumes, masks or wigs in the store. But think about how many people tried them on before you? And when you buy something, put it in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours to kill lice. Another suggestions is to toss the costume in your dryer for 45 minutes or wash the costume before your child wears it. Oops, I screwed that up; the bit about the head lice is actually real.

Experts add that wearing a swim cap to cover your hair will create another barrier between you and any potential lice.

Pediatrician Wendy Swanson said to HuffPost that the best way to treat lice is over-the-counter shampoos and extracting the lice with a very fine comb.

The reason for this may be the number of people who go in stores to try costumes, masks and wigs, and one never knows who may be carrying lice around.

It is also recommended to clean clothing and bedding, and preventing all head-to-head contact until you're rid of the lice completely.

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