As a parent, you may not have dealt with head lice as yet. Even if you have, you may have found it to be a very upsetting experience. This is partly due to the myths which surround this condition.
Head Lice are tiny crawling insects which are usually found in the form of eggs or “nits” attached to hair strands. Commonly found at the base of the neck, behind the ears, or at the crown of the head--but may be anywhere on the head. Lice or nits are transferred from one person to another when headgear or clothing are shared, garments are placed next to each other, or when children are involved in activities that involve working closely together.
Treatment for lice requires three essential steps:
- Applying an over-the-counter lice shampoo or cream rinse to the hair of the child with lice.
- Removing nits with a special fine-tooth comb or fingernails. (Cutting hair is not necessary.)
- Care of the household:
Check other household members for nits - treat only if nits are present.
Wash bedding and clothing in hot water, place in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.
Vacuum upholstered furniture, carpets & car.
Damp-wipe smooth or vinyl furniture.
Seal non-washable items in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
Do not spray home for lice. These products can be toxic.
The best prevention against the spread of head lice is to periodically check everyone in your household. Anyone with hair can get head lice!