To improve your chances of eliminating head lice the first time, it can be important to ensure all proper steps are taken. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that this year between 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3-10 will acquire head lice. That means any adults, teens or elderly living with children this age are also more at risk for infection. Following the proper steps once you have discovered there is a problem is the only way to solve your head lice headache.
Steps for Eliminating Head Lice:
- Take care to screen everyone in your home. Remember pets play no role in transferring head lice.
- Find the best solution treatment for your family. Lice Clinics of America offer excellent remedies that will kill head lice and nits in a single application at our clinic. They also provide at home kits with active ingredients that prove to eliminate head lice if used as directed. The professional staff at Lice Clinics of America is your best source for understanding how to effectively kill head lice and rid your family of this pest.
- Deep clean bathroom items and all hair accessories. The most common places that lingering lice and nits are found will be on items used on the head. Hats, beanies, hoodies, towels, and clothing that touches the head need to be machine washed. Hair picks, hairbrushes, hair clips, or any other items used need to be disinfected. Place items in bleach water for 30 minutes. Rinse. Items should be fine to reuse.
- Deep clean bedding. Place all bedding and pillows into the washing machine and wash in hot water. Items that are unable to be machine washed such as decorative pillows, stuffed animals, or fine blankets should be placed in the dryer on a high heat setting for 20 minutes. If you prefer, items may also be placed into a plastic bag and tied tightly for up to a week. Head lice and nits cannot survive for longer than 48 hours after they have left their human host.
- Couches, car seats, carpets, and other chairs. Anywhere that an infected person may have laid their head needs to be wiped down or vacuumed to kill any head lice or nits. It is possible for others to become infected from sharing these same seats with others who have head lice. Although, remember the most common way head lice is passed is through direct head to head contact.
- Check for head lice often. Repeat infection is common if these items are not thoroughly complete, and sometimes even if they are. Head lice can be extremely difficult to get rid of, especially if several people in the home have contracted it.
Lice Clinics of America is your head lice headquarters. We can offer expert advice on any of these steps if you have further questions or concerns. We deal with head lice every day and are happy to help your family through this difficult situation. Please contact our office today for any reason!