child has lice, there is usually a moment of panic. Then you start scratching your head...sure you have them too. Buy new sheets! Shave their head! All of those reactions are overkill. Washing bed clothes and placing pillows and soft fabric toys (like stuffed animals) in the dryer for 20 minutes will kill the lice. It is also best to wash any clothing or hats your child has worn within the past 48 hours.
So, here are the facts about getting rid of head lice:
- Lice can only live for a few hours off of a human host.
- Passing lice via combs, hats and jackets rarely, if ever, happens.
- Another myth is that over counter shampoos and treatments don't work. They do.
It is very important to use the nit comb after treatment to remove the nits. This can be a painstaking process for parents, especially when treating small children who find it difficult to hold still for long periods. So, after treatment, here are some steps to make it easier for you both:
Remember - preventing head lice can be difficult among children in child care and school. It is no reflection on your hygiene habits or a failure on your part as a parent. There is so much close contact among children that lice can spread easily.