As a parent, you may have to face the issue of head lice at some point in your life. Lice are tiny, parasitic insects that feed off the blood under your scalp. As they do this, they can cause skin irritation, and this frequently results in itchiness. Their life cycle consists of an egg, or nit, stage followed by a nymph which then grows into an adult louse.
Young children are most likely to contract a lice infestation. This is due to the fact that they’re primarily spread through direct head-to-head contact, and children are constantly coming into such contact as they play. That said, lice can also be spread through sharing an infested person’s belongings such as clothing, hats, pillows and other items. Because of this, it can be helpful to follow a few pointers for getting and keeping your home free of lice.
FIGURE OUT WHO’S MOST LIKELY TO BE INFESTED
Again, children have the vast majority of lice infestations given their propensity for physical contact with others. If you think you see lice on one child’s head, or their presence has been brought to your attention by a school nurse, definitely check any other children you have. When looking for lice, it’s important to remember that they’ll be within 1 cm from the scalp since the nits need body heat to incubate and hatch, and the nymphs and adult lice need to feed on the blood under the scalp.
LAUNDER ANY WASHABLE BELONGINGS OF THE INFESTED PERSON
If you’ve discovered head lice on your child and then gone to the trouble of getting it treated, you definitely don’t want them picking them up again from infested belongings. Thankfully, lice are not very resilient when they’re not on your scalp. They’ll only survive for about 48 hours when they’re away from this friendly environment where their food is located.
You should wash all the infested person’s clothes, towels, pajamas, sheets, pillow cases and any other items you can think of as soon as possible. You’ll also want to wash personal items used or worn on the head such as brushes, combs and hair bands.
SEAL ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE WASHED
There will be things that your infested loved one uses regularly that might not be washable. Stuffed animals, certain backpacks and various other items may fall into this category. Just seal them up for about two weeks. Any freshly hatched nymphs will die over this time without a feeding source.
VACUUM CERTAIN AREAS
Head lice can’t fly or jump, so they only spread by crawling around. Due to this fact, it probably won’t be necessary to vacuum the entire house more than usual. You do want to put special emphasis on places where your infested kid or kids spend a lot of time including any furniture they favor. Cleaning their favorite car seat will be advisable as well.
OTHER STEPS TO TAKE ABOUT HEAD LICE REMOVAL
Making your home as lice free as possible is great for preventing your family from getting any new infestations, but it doesn’t handle the current infestation. Finding an effective head lice treatment is the other part of the puzzle.
There are over-the-counter lice shampoos, but unfortunately, the toxins in these products have been used for so long that most lice have grown immune. The problem of head lice requires a professional solution, and there is one available for you and your family.
If you happen to live in or near Delaware County in Pennsylvania, you are a short trip away from Lice Lifters of Chadds Ford. We are a professional lice salon with a proven, effective head lice treatment process.
When you bring in family members you feel may be infested with lice, we start by doing a lice head check. If their presence is verified, we then get to work using a lice comb specially made for the task of removing the lice and their nits. Our experienced lice technicians then apply a 100 percent safe and all-natural product to your loved ones’ scalp that’s 99.9 percent effective at killing the lice. If you suspect a family member has this annoying problem, don’t let them suffer. Contact Lice Lifters of Chadds Ford and get a lice head check, and our company’s proven head lice removal process will get your family lice free in a single visit.