What to Do If Your Child Comes Home with Lice
M.D./ALERT -- Health Tips
Don't panic, anyone -adults or children -can get head lice.
Head lice are passed from person to person by direct contact or on shared objects (combs, towels, headphones, etc.).
Head lice have nothing to do with cleanliness and can be easily eliminated.
Check every member of the family for tiny white eggs (nits) on hair shafts, near the scalp.
Use an effective head lice treatment on every family member with lice or nits.
Several good treatments are available without a prescription.
After application, remove all nits by gently combing hair with the special nit removal comb provided with the lice treatment.
Wash clothes, bed linens, and towels in hot water and dry on hot
cycle for at least 20 minutes.
Items such as headphones and helmets must be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed plastic bag for at least two weeks.
Soak combs, brushes, hair bands, etc., in water at least 130 degrees F for at least 10 minutes.
Vacuum everywhere including carpets, pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, and even car seats.
Head lice cannot survive on family pets; they need a human host, so you do not need to worry about treating pets.
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Timothy L. Biliouris, M.D.
65 Route 134 Dennis, MA 02660