TIPS TO PREVENT HEAD LICE
• 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
Lice are usually spread thru head to head contact and less frequently by lice that crawl.
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.