lice penny10 STEPS TO HELP KEEP HEAD LICE AND THEIR EGGS OUT OF YOUR CHILDS HAIR  ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL PEDICULOSIS ASSOC.
 
 
 
 

  • Watch for signs of head lice, such as frequent head scratching. Anyone can get head licemainly by head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats, brushes and headrests. Lice do NOT jump or fly.
  • Check all family members for lice and nits (lice eggs) at least once a week. Only those infested should be treated. Lice are reddish-brown wingless insects; nits are grayish-white, always oval shaped and are glued at an angle to the side of the hair shaft.
  • Be sure not to confuse nits with hair debris such as bright white irregularly-shaped clumps of dandruff stuck to the hair shaft or elongated segments of dandruff encircling the hair shaft and easily dislodged. Lice treatment is not appropriate for debris.
  • Consult you pharmacist or physician before applying or using lice treatment pesticides when the person involved is pregnant, nursing, has allergies, asthma, epilepsy, pre-existing medical conditions, or has lice or nits in the eyebrows or eyelashes. Never use a pesticide near the eyes.
  • Remember, most lice-killing products are pesticides. If you choose to purchase an over-the-counter treatment follow the directions carefully and use with caution. Manual removal is the best alternative whenever possible and especially when treatment products have failed.
  • Follow package directions carefully. Use the product over the sink, not in the tub or shower. Always keep eyes covered.
  • Remove all nits. This assures total lice treatment. Separate hair in sections and remove all attached nits with a lice comb, baby safety scissors, or your fingernails.
  • Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in hot water and dry in hot dryer. Combs and brushes may be soaked in hot water (not boiling) for 10 minutes.
  • Avoid lice sprays. Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen hairs with the attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals or car seats.
  • Notify your childs school, camp, child care provider and neighborhood parents. Check for lice on a regular basis. This is the best way to protect your family and community.
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