Don't Let Your
Become an Egghead
10 Steps to Help Keep Head Lice
and Their Eggs Out of Your Child's Hair
- Watch for signs of head lice, such as
frequent head scratching. Anyone can get head lice ... mainly by
head to head contact but also from sharing hats, brushes and
headrests. Lice do not jump or fly.
- Check all family members for lice and nits
(lice eggs) at least once a week. Only those infested should be
treated. Lice are reddish-brown wingless insects;
nits are grayish-white, always
oval shaped, and are glued at an angle to the side of the hair
- Be sure not to confuse nits with hair
debris such as bright white irregularly-shaped clumps of dandruff
stuck to the hair shaft or elongated segments of dandruff
encircling the hair shaft and easily dislodged. Lice treatment is
not appropriate for hair debris.
- Consult your pharmacist or physician
before applying or using lice treatment pesticides when the person
involved is pregnant, nursing, has allergies, asthma, epilepsy,
other pre-existing medical conditions, or has lice or nits in the
eyebrows or eyelashes. Never use a pesticide on
or near the eyes.
- Remember, all lice-killing products are Pesticides.
If you choose to purchase an over-the-counter treatment, follow
the directions carefully and use with caution. The NPA strongly
discourages prescription treatments containing lindane. Based on
increasing reports of possible insect resistance
a national level, the NPA advises parents to discontinue their use
at the earliest sign of treatment failure. MANUAL
REMOVAL IS THE BEST OPTION WHENEVER
POSSIBLE AND ESPECIALLY WHEN TREATMENT PRODUCTS HAVE FAILED.
- Follow package directions carefully. Use
the product over the sink, not in the tub or shower. Always keep
the eyes covered.
- Remove all nits. This
assures total lice treatment. Separate hair in sections and remove
all attached nits with a lice comb, baby safety scissors, or your
- Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in
hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Combs and brushes may be soaked
in hot water (not boiling) for 10 minutes.
- Avoid lice sprays!
Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen
hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed
animals and car seats.
- Notify your child's school, camp, child
care provider and neighborhood parents. Check for lice on a
regular basis. This is the best way to protect your family and