8 Tips to Prevent and Treat Head Lice

8 Tips to Prevent and Treat Head Lice


Head lice are a year round problem. But cases seem to peak when the kids go back
to school, and again in January. You can buy treatments for head lice at the
drug store—or your doctor may prescribe them. FDA has approved both kinds. They come in shampoos, creams and lotions. Many head lice products are not for use in
children under 2. Read the label carefully to be sure a product
is safe to use on your child How do you head off head lice? Try these tips. Teach your kids to avoid head-to-head contact
during play, at home or in school. Also during sports, at playgrounds, and at
slumber parties and camp. Teach your kids NOT to share clothing and
supplies, such as hats, scarves, helmets, sports uniforms, towels, combs, brushes, and
hair ties. And no using another kid’s headphones! Your child has head lice? Soak the child’s combs and brushes in hot
water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes. Don’t lie on beds, couches, pillows, or
rugs that a person with head lice has used recently. That goes for favorite stuffed animals, too. Has a family member or guest had head lice
and been treated? Clean items that have been in contact with
that person in the 48 hours before treatment. Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens,
and other items using very hot water and a high heat drying cycle. Vacuum the floor and furniture, especially
where the person with lice sat or lay. Head lice survive less than one or two days
if they fall off the scalp and can’t feed. Don’t use insecticide sprays or fogs, which
can be toxic to you and your family. Success! You’ve finished with the treatment and the
lice are gone. After one week, check everyone in your family
for lice. If you still find live ones, contact your
health care professional.

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