Back to School: Tips to Prevent Head Lice

Head lice are most commonly spread by direct head-to-head contact. While the chance of spreading lice by sharing items is rare, it does occasionally occur. With that in mind, you can follow these 7 steps to help prevent head lice infestations in your family:

  1. Avoid head-to-head (or hair-to-hair) contact during play at home, at school, and elsewhere (church, camp, sports, etc).

  2. Do not share clothing, including hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair bows, and barrettes.

  3. Do not share combs, brushes, or towels.

  4. Disinfect combs and brushes by soaking in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.

  5. Don’t lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpet, rugs, or stuffed animals used by an infected person.

  6. Machine wash and dry (or dry clean) clothes, bedding, and other items used by an infested person within 2 days of their initial treatment. You can also seal these items in a plastic bag and store them for 2 weeks before use. Vacuum the floor and furniture.

  7. Don’t use fumigant sprays or fogs as they are not necessary to control lice and can be toxic to people and pets.

If you think your child has head lice, give us a call to schedule a head check ASAP!

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