10 Steps To Becoming Lice Free
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Head lice infestation can be a challenge for any household to overcome. If you have never dealt with head lice before you may experience a moment of panic before processing what you should do. The good news is that there are inexpensive, easy-to-use, non-toxic over-the-counter options to treat head lice like Licefreee Gel Non-toxic Head Lice Treatment and Licefreee Spray Instant Head Lice Treatment.

In addition to treating the head of the infested person, there are also some steps you will want to take to become lice free. Download the infographic above to help you through these 10 easy steps.

  1. Use a proven head lice treatment and follow all directions. Head lice treatments can be found over-the-counter in the first aid section of your pharmacy. Traditional OTC head lice treatments use chemical pesticides such as permethrin and pyrethrum, or you can use non-toxic treatments like Licefreee brand head lice treatments.
  2. When treating head lice start at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Head lice like to hang out where it is warm so they tend to congregate there. You may find they scatter when you are moving through the hair.
  3. Use a nit comb to check for lice and nits. Be sure to sit the person you are checking under a bright light to help you see head lice and nits. If you find small specs that come off the hair easily, they are not nits. Nits are glued on to the hair strand and take some effort to remove.
  4. Use a head lice treatment a second time within 7-10 days to make sure all lice and nits have been killed and removed. If a nit survives it will hatch within 7-10 days.
  5. Wash all bedding and clothing that has been used by the infested person in the hottest setting they will tolerate. You can also run items through the dryer on the hottest setting. The heat will kill head lice.
  6. If you have clothing or bedding items that cannot be cleaned in the washing machine or put through the dryer, have them dry cleaned.
  7. Soak hair brushes and accessories in hot water for at least 15 minutes. You do not need to throw them away.
  8. For items that cannot be washed, such as pillows or stuffed animals, place them in a plastic bag for at least 10 - 14 days. Why so many days? Head lice cannot survive off the head for more than 36 hours and nits will hatch within 7-10 days.
  9. Vacuum to pick up any head lice or nits that are off the head. It's a good idea to vacuum mattresses, couches and other surfaces that may have been in contact with the infested person's head as well as the carpet.

10.  Help prevent future head lice infestation. Do not share personal items such as hats, coats, brushes and hair accessories. Also, if you are informed of a head lice outbreak, keep hair tied up and use a product like Licefreee Everyday Shampoo to help prevent an infestation.