Tip: Steps to Prevent Lice
(HealthDay News) -- If your child comes home
from school scratching his head, lice may be
finding a home in his hair.
Anyone can get head lice -- mainly from
head-to-head contact or sharing hats, brushes or
head rests. But you can take these risk-reducing
precautions, courtesy of the National
- 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 shaft.
- Be sure not to confuse nits with hair debris
such as bright irregularly shaped clumps of
dandruff. Lice treatment is not appropriate for
- Consult your pharmacist or physician before
using lice treatment pesticides when the person
involved is pregnant, nursing, has allergies,
asthma or epilepsy. Never use a pesticide on or
near the eyes.
- All lice-killing products are pesticides. If
you choose to buy an over-the-counter treatment,
follow the directions carefully and with
caution. Manual removal always is a safe
- Use the product over the sink, not in the
tub or shower. Always keep the eyes covered.
- Separate hair in sections and remove all
attached nits with a comb, baby safety scissors,
or your fingernails.
- Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in
hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Combs and
brushes may be soaked in hot water for 10
- Avoid lice sprays. Vacuuming is the safest
and best way to remove lice or hairs with
attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs,
stuffed animals and car seats.
-- Nancyann Rella
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