Can Lice Swim??

If you’re thinking your kids are immune to contracting head lice because they are on the swim team and in the pool everyday, I’m sorry to say you are mistaken. Chlorine at the levels found in swimming pool water does not kill head lice.

And head lice can hold their breath––yes, for many hours! So drowning them is not likely. This breath suspension is also the reason that some natural head lice treatments that depend on smothering the insects may or may not be effective.

You’d think the action of swimming and diving and jumping around in the water might cause the lice to fall out of the hair. Nope, head lice have been seen to hold tightly to human hair and not let go when submerged under water, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The good news is that head lice aren’t spread by swimming or swimming pool water. It usually takes head-to-head contact to transfer lice from one infested scalp to another person.

Teaching your kids to be careful with towels, hats, hairbrushes and clothing, bothpoolside and in locker rooms, would be a wise precaution, though. Encourage them not to share these items and to keep their belongings as separate as possible from other kids’ stuff.

Happyheads Bye-Bye Lice Nontoxic Treatment Shampoo is an effective, all natural solution to head lice because it is enzyme-based. These enzymes break down the hard shells of the lice, killing them on contact. Lice resistance to the enzymes is impossible because lice need them for survival.