As the summer months approach and kids head off to
summer camp, slumber parties, and sporting events- parents need to
be aware of the possibility of head lice, or Pediculosis. We have
launched the Keeping Kids Lice Free campaign to help educate
parents and care takers of the symptoms and how to prevent head
lice. If you have been notified that your child has contracted head
lice, follow these easy steps to treat and prevent
1) Choose a safe and proven
pediculicide. This is an agent used to kill head
lice, body lice or pubic lice. Treatments that are pyrethrum or
permethrin based may trigger reactions in those who are allergic to
ragweed. Be sure to check the ingredients or talk to a doctor or
pharmacist before choosing a treatment.
2) Start at the Nape of the Neck. Lice
congregate at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Be sure
these areas are thoroughly saturated with the pediculicide first
and work the product up from there. With any pediculicide,
all lice and eggs must come in full contact with the
product. Lice can move quickly to avoid contact with the
lotion or gel. Take it slow and remember to read and
follow all directions carefully and completely.
3) Remove all of the Eggs or Nits. Begin the
comb-out process at the nape of the neck. You will want to use
an egg removal comb to help ease egg removal. Thoroughly combing
out the hair until all lice and eggs are gone will help prevent
4) Clean up to prevent another infestation.
- Wash all bedding and clothing that your child has used in hot
water (at least 130°F) or run them through your dryer's hottest
setting for at least 30 minutes. Dry clean items that cannot
- Soak all hair care items (such as combs, brushes, hair clips,
etc.) in hot water (130°F) for 15 minutes
- Place items that cannot be cleaned or run through the dryer
(i.e. stuffed animals and toys) in a tightly sealed plastic bag for
- Follow up with the vacuum to get rid of any lice dust or egg
shells that were left behind.
5). Follow through with a second treatment in seven days
to kill any newly hatched lice. Even if all lice and eggs
appear to be gone, follow through with the second treatment.
6) Conduct Frequent Head Checks. After an
infested family member has been treated, for the next 10 days,
check them daily for eggs. If there is evidence of new eggs or
newly hatched lice, repeat the treatment. Head checking
should then become part of routine hygiene. A family head lice
check once a week is a great idea. You'll need an egg removal comb,
a magnifying glass and lots of light. Work through a small section
at a time, comb through each person's hair, from the root down. If
any live lice or eggs are found, begin treatment immediately.
7) Teach your child to avoid sharing personal
items. Lice are only transmitted from head to head contact
and re-infestation from environmental contact (i.e. infested hats,
pillows, stuffed animals, etc.) can occur.
8) When in doubt ask my pharmacist or school health
official for advice. They're familiar with the treatments
and products currently on the shelves and will give you reliable
recommendations. Keep in touch with your child's school so
that you'll know if a lice outbreak occurs!
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