So, what’s next!?
You’ve checked everybody heads and completed removals where needed. Follow our Aftercare Checklist below for tips to help easily ensure you’ve covered all bases.
- Be a friend, and tell a friend. Notify your child’s school and any close friends that they may have had contact with.
- It’s not only a matter of where they got lice, but who they may have given it to as well. Failing to notify friends may put your child at risk for re-infestation. Remember no Blame no Shame!
- Change sheets on any bed the infested person might have slept in over the last 48 hours. Wash and dry in highest temperature recommended by manufacturer.
- If the infested person has used a comforter or bedspread, remove from the bed for 48 hours or dry in the clothes dryer for 45 minutes on highest heat recommended by manufacturer.
- Combs, brushes and hair ties used in the last 48 hours can be cleaned by one of the following methods:
a. Place in a sealable bag and store in freezer overnight
b. Place in the dishwasher on the hot cycle
c. Soak in alcohol, ammonia, or dish detergent for a minimum of two hours;
d. Boil in water for 10 to 15 minutes;
e. Do not use for at least 48 hours (good for hats and helmets).
- Vacuum areas where person frequently sits or lays, including floors, carpets, rugs, furniture, auto and other upholstered items. A sheet can be used to cover areas for a 48 hour period. Lint rollers can also be helpful in the car and on furniture.
- If your child sleeps with stuffed animals, dolls or a favorite blanket or pillow, these can be placed in the drier on high for at least 30 minutes or in a tied-off plastic bag for 48 hours.
- Provide children with fresh pajamas and bath towels
*Note: Head lice can only be contracted by an actual bug. Once a nit (egg) comes off the individual’s head, it is not able to reattach to anyone*