SOURCE: Fairy Tales Hair Care, Inc.

Fairy Tales Hair Care, Inc.

April 23, 2009 07:00 ET

No Lice Checks at 40 Percent of Nation's Sleepaway Camps According to Fairy Tales' National Survey of Camp Directors

One Quarter of Camps Had Outbreaks Last Summer

PASSAIC, NJ--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) - While nearly a quarter (24 percent) of camp directors reported a lice outbreak at their camps last year, as many as 40 percent of U.S. sleepaway camps surveyed don't check for lice when campers first arrive.

According to the "Fairy Tales Hair Care Camp Director Survey," many of the directors surveyed report a wide range of approaches to dealing with the problem of lice at their camps.

Indeed, while nearly half (47 percent) claim they check their campers within the first 24 hours of arrival an additional 11 percent wait up to 48 hours to check, usually by visual examination of dozens of scalps. Three percent of the 220 camp directors surveyed did not know what their own policy was.

"We conducted this survey to determine how well camps and parents handle this issue since kids are largely out of parents' control for up to eight weeks of summer," explains Risa Barash, director of Fairy Tales Hair Care. "Parents expect that camps will do everything they can to prevent lice and that should include using a metal nit/lice comb as soon as kids arrive. However, it's ultimately up to parents to send lice-free kids which they can do using a comb as well as a natural lice prevention spray or shampoo."

How do camp directors handle a lice infestation? According to the Fairy Tales poll, only 11 percent hire a nitpicker while three quarters (76 percent) treat lice cases with over-the-counter treatment such as Ovide, Rid or Nix. Some stated they used non-traditional remedies such as mayonnaise or olive oil and less than five percent claimed they used lice removal products that use all-natural ingredients. Nearly half the camps report spraying chemical lice pesticide products in shared equipment such as sports helmets and other items to prevent infestations.

While 90 percent of the camps report they inform parents if their kids have lice, only half (53 percent) consult with parents on how to treat their child. Furthermore, only one-third (34 percent) of the camp directors inform bunkmates' parents of the lice incident.

Perhaps the best reason to ensure kids don't have lice before camp is that more than half (57 percent) of camp directors report that they remove the lice infested camper from their own bunk until they are declared lice-free. This could mean several days away from sleeping in their bunk.

Since lice can quickly spread in close bunk conditions, approximately one third (34 percent) of camp directors seek to prevent the spread by washing clothes and sheets more frequently and 34 percent sweep and vacuum bunks where the child was and wipe down all surfaces.

Fully 24 percent obtain a lice prevention or shampoo product, presumably for the rest of the bunkmates. Fourteen percent report they do not do anything beyond treating the infested camper.

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Headquartered in Passaic, New Jersey, Fairy Tales Hair Care is the U.S. leader in all natural lice prevention hair care products for children, that are safe, non-toxic and can be used daily all year-round. Fairy Tales Hair Care products are sold under the Rosemary Repel™ brand name in 7,000 salons and pharmacies in the U.S. For more information, visit

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