Meticulice recommends the following: Stay calm. The likelihood that the child contracted head lice that day is slim to none. More likely, the child has been sharing space with these pesky visitors for at least a couple of weeks, even as much as 3 to 4 weeks! Knowing this should lessen the panic and overwhelming need to get them out right this minute! If your child is uncomfortable and itchy, give a bendadryl or another antihistamine to soothe.
Aside from staying calm, the best action (not reaction) is to run a lice comb through the child’s hair, thus minimizing the bug population. The next day, when you are not so bleary eyed and exhausted, you can go completely through the hair, or take them to be professionally deloused.
Having a good lice comb in your home is a must for every parent. Unfortunately most parents wait until the need arises and then frantically search in vain for the needed tools to help their family through this dreaded time period. Besides combing, the parent may also want to shampoo the hair with a nice mint based shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo won’t eliminate the problem but, like the comb, it will absolutely help minimize it. Finally, if possible, pull the hair back into a bun or braid; that way you help minimize additional spreading of the bugs until the child can be properly treated. Do not begin a mega cleaning! Wait to start stripping sheets and vacuuming couches – all cleaning efforts should be reserved for the actual day of treatment.
Help put your mind at ease by using the “Book Now” feature on Meticulice’s web site. Now that you know you have an appointment booked for 8:30 in the morning, you can get some rest. Your daughter will be lice free within two hours of your visit. Don’t forget to book appointments for each family member to have a thorough head check also. Just in case the lice has spread from one head to another, it is better to treat everyone at the same time and avoid a never ending cycle!
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