TIPS TO PREVENT HEAD LICE
Lice are usually spread thru head to head contact and less frequently by lice that crawl.
- Avoid head to head contact at school and home.
- Do not share clothing, hats, scarves, sports uniforms and helmets, coats and hair accessories
- Do not share combs and brushes or towels
- Do not lie in beds, on couches or car seats that have recently been in contact with an infested person
Preschool and elementary-age children, 3-11, and their families are infested most often. Girls get head lice more often than boys. In the United States, African-Americans rarely get head lice. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
TO PREVENT RE-INFESTATION
- Do not worry about furniture sprays, they are useless. Vacuuming the areas such as floors, carpets, bedrooms, and couches is sufficient. Don’t forget to vacuum car seats!
- Wash the bedding each morning in hot water. Dry on high heat for at least 20 minutes.
- Store all stuffed animals, large comforters, etc. in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.
- Soak combs and brushes in Lysol or rubbing alcohol for at least 1 hour.