Head Lice and What Do You Really Need to Do
1- Recognize the symptoms of head lice, look for itching at the scalp, small red bumps or sores on the neck and/or scalp.
2- Do weekly head checks. Using the Pro-Lice Comb, lightly condition, thoroughly comb the hair to find and remove small nits and live lice. Focus on the hot spots – nape of neck, behind ears, part lines.
3- Head lice are spread primarily through head-to-head contact. The first line of defense against head lice is to keep the hair pulled up. Braids or buns are the most effective way to contain the hair. For shorter hair that is unable to be pulled up, add a headband to ensure the front hairline is secure.
4- Teach your child never to share hats, combs, brushes, hair ties, towels, helmets, earphones, pillows, sleeping bags, etc.
5- If your child plays sports, do not share helmets –but if they must, wipe it down with a wet cloth in between uses. Do the same at “princess” parties. Tiaras, boas and costumes can harbor lice – wipe down or wash properly before use.
What to do if my child has nits or lice?
First and foremost, try not to panic. Take a deep breath. Remember, lice are more of a nuisance than a health issue.
Check everyone in the household to identify all cases of head lice. For those in the family that have lice, start combing. Although tedious and time consuming, combing is the safest and most effective way to remove nits and live bugs! You can eliminate the infestation with 100 percent accuracy. Following an infestation, a person is twice as likely to be re-infested in the next 30 days. Head lice leave a scent in the hair that will attract a new lice family. To detect a re-infestation, comb the hair for 15 minutes once a week for 4 weeks. Do not let your guard down for those 4 weeks!
I Want To Clean My Entire House!!!
The most common misconception is that the entire house needs to be turned upside down and inside out. This is wrong, wrong, wrong! A louse will die once it is off the head for 24 hours. A nit becomes in-viable after it comes off the hair shaft. It will not be able to continue its life cycle. The chances that a live louse is somewhere “lurking around” are slim to none! Do not waste your energy cleaning or lose focus on what is important. Focus all of your time and energy on the head of the child with lice.
Things You Need To Do
1-Wash the Sheets and Pillow Case
2- Put the Comforter, Pillow, Stuffed Animals (that are slept with only) into the Dryer for 30 Minutes
3- Put Hairbrushes, Combs and Hair Accessories into a Ziploc Bag, Place in the Freezer for 3 Hours
Things That Will Help You Feel Better
1-Vacuum Floors and Upholstered Sofa
2-Jackets and Book Bags can go into the Dryer for 30 Minutes
3-Be Proactive and Talk about Head Lice with Others, This Really Does Help
DO NOT waste your money on furniture sprays as they are loaded with environmentally hazardous ingredients and are unnecessary to use.