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Survival tips for lice infestation
Lice thrashers Summer Steel and Ashli Scott, who own Liceology, offer recommendations for surviving the discovery of lice in your child's hair, as well your home.
1. Don't panic. There is no shame or embarrassment in having head lice. How your react to your child having head lice is exactly how they will react. Don't make them feel as though they've done something bad, or that they need to be isolated.
2. Treatment. Whatever method you select, remember the most important thing is to follow the label's directions to ensure your safety and complete lice removal.
3. Get organized. Gather the tools you will need for battle. Having what you need keeps the process moving efficiently. Be sure to have good lighting. Tools include:
4. Determine exactly who has lice. Many times families treat unnecessarily; this is a waste of time, energy and money and does not have any prevention benefits. Locate the brightest spot in the house to perform the head checks, and if possible, natural sunlight is the best light. Be sure to check the hairline around the neck and ears.
5. Lice live on human heads. Remember that head lice are a human parasite. They spend their entire lives on a human host and need blood to survive. They won't live much longer than 24 to 36 hours without you. They don't burrow into pillows, mattresses or couches, so simple vacuuming will get rid of them. Pets don't need to be bathed or dipped.
6. Wash and dry bedding and recently worn items. Wash bedding and dry on a high heat. Gather clothing, jackets, coats, hats, scarves or anything that can't be washed or that has been worn in the last 24 hours, and dry on a high heat for at least 30 minutes.
7. Hair care items. Clean out the hair from brushes and combs and then drop items into boiling water for about 10 minutes. For things that can't be boiled, put them in a sealed plastic bag, and stick them in the freezer overnight.
8. Be diligent and vigilant. Lice removal takes a lot of time unless you are a professional. Plan for it. After initial treatment, be prepared to comb your child's hair every day for at least an hour over the next one or two weeks, even using an over-the-counter pesticide product.