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Treating Your Home

Follow this useful check list for treating your home for lice.

  1. Change sheets on any bed the infested person might have slept in, in the last 24 hours.
    Wash and Dry in HOT temperatures or throw in dirty clothes.
  2. If you lay on Comforters or bedspreads, they can be removed from the bed for 24 hours or thrown into the dryer for 30 to 45 minutes on high heat.
  3. Combs, brushes, & hair ties used only in the last 24 hours can be cleaned by any of the following methods:
    • Place in alcohol, ammonia or dish detergent and allow them to soak for a minimum of two hours
    • Put into boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes
    • Put in a ziploc bag and place in freezer overnight
    • Place in your dishwasher on a hot cycle
    • or simply don’t use them for 24 hours
  4. Run a light Vacuum on areas where child frequently sits or lays – including floors, furniture, auto, and other upholstered items. In absence of a vacuum you may use a lint remover brush on sofa, etc, or throw a sheet over the item for 24 hours.
  5. If your child sleeps with a stuffed animal or blanket – be sure and throw them in the hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Provide child with clean pajamas and bath towel.

REMEMBER – YOU’RE NOT ALONE IN YOUR EXPERIENCE.HAVING HEAD LICE IS NO WORSE THAN A BAD COLD AND SHOULD BE NO MORE EMBARRASSING THAN A CASE OF CHICKEN POX.

Adapted from information by the Shepherd Institute for Lice Solution.

Preventing Re-Infestation

Be a friend-Tell a friend. Notify your child’s school and any close friends that they might have had contact with.  Remember it is not just where they got Lice BUT who they gave it to as well. Failing to notify contacts could put your child at risk for re-infestation.

Make head checks a part of your weekly routine. Early detection is the only way to stop head lice from escalating or spreading!

Reduce your child’s chances for re-infestation – Keep girls’ hair pulled back, anytime they are playing with others. Shampoo regularly using a mint based shampoo or lice prevention shampoo to identify. Use a mint based leave in spritz on the hair before leaving home. Comb with lice comb once or twice a week and watch for signs of head lice.  Finally, Play It Safe – know who you are coming in contact with and NEVER knowingly expose yourself to head lice.