Friday, March 8, 2013

Truth About Lice - Part 2

Here are some more tips regarding care of personal items and your home should you have a lice outbreak. All information comes from Ladibugs, Inc. -

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Tips and Tricks
1. If it's not dirty, don't wash it. It is not the water that will kill the lice it is the high heat in the dryer. When using the dryer use the highest heat setting for 40 minutes.
2. After have vacuumed and/or wiped down the couch and chairs in your living area, cover the furniture with a flat sheet. At the end of each day you can remove the sheet and put it in the dryer for 40 minutes.
3. Keep long hair back in a pony tail or braids.
4. Encourage your child not to share sporting gear, hats, coats, combs, wigs, dress up clothes, helmets, goggles and headphones.
5. Freezing for 12 hours is another method to eliminating lice. If there is a large item that cannot go in the dryer, place in the freezer for 12 hours.
6. If your child plays in their closet or drawers and you feel that the clothes could be contaminated, take out outfits for the next 5 days and put them through the dryer on high heat for 40 minutes. Then tape off the closet and/or drawers for 5 days. (Lice die after 48 hours without a host)
7. If there are areas of you home that are rarely used, vacuum them and tape them off as an "off-limits" area for 5 days.
8. Inform the parents of the children that your child plays with frequently. Also, inform your children's teacher so they can make arrangements to get your child a single locker while going through the treatment process. Bagging your child items is also an option.

Environmental Cleaning
1. Dry all linens, hats, coats and clothes on high heat for 40 minutes.
2. There are many items that are not washable or cannot be put in the dryer and you don't want to or cannot freeze then you can bag them up and put them away for 5 - 10 days.
3. Clean the car and car seats by vacuuming or wiping down with a damp cloth.
4. Boil hair brushes for 20 minutes or run through the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle. Label all hair brushes so they are not shared.
5. Do not share beds, pillows or other items that touch the head.

Diagnosed with lice, now what?
1. Check all other family members.
2. Notify those that have been in close contact with the infested person so they can be checked for lice.
3. Notify the school or daycare or other groups that they attend.
4. Clean your environment.
5. Person treated for head lice or nits should be checked for lice and nits everyday and a thorough comb out should be done to remove any debris from the treatment for 5 days.

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