Treating Head Lice
Here are the steps you can take to handle any lice camping out in your child’s hair.
- Do not re-wash the hair for two days after the lice medicine is removed.
- Remove nits from your child’s hair with a fine-toothed comb. Most lice medications come with a “nit comb.”
- Soak combs and brushes in a mixture of hot water and the lice removal shampoo for at least 15 minutes.
- Wash clothing, bedding, towels and other items that your child may have come in contact with using the hot water laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. It’s a good idea to wash all bedding in the house. Lice and eggs are killed after five minutes of exposure to temperatures greater than 128 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Continue to check the hair and comb through with the nit comb every two to three days after each treatment to prevent a re-infestation. Continue to check for three weeks to make sure all of the lice are gone.
- Check the whole family. Make sure all heads are free of lice — if not, each infected person will have to receive lice treatment.
Preventing Head Lice
Help prevent a return of lice — or prevent your kids from catching them in the first place.
- Have your child avoid any head-to-head contact with other kids.
- Remind them not to share hats, towels, combs, or brushes with their friends or bunkmates.
- Make sure they don’t lie on beds, couches, pillows or any other surface that have been in contact with an infected person.
If you have any questions, please call me at 438-4055, ext. 8453.
Bonnie Luke, RN-School Nurse