Treatment after a Lice Outbreak
Welcome to ‘Lady Lice’ Head Lice Home Treatment is as IMPORTANT as Head Treatment. It is vitally important to remove every adult louse and nit on your child’s head. But it’s equally important to make sure that lice and nits are removed from your home, too. Following are tips that can be used at home to help remove lice from your environment. Lice can survive up to 24 hours off the head. Lice eggs, or nits, do not hatch off the head.
Treating head lice with heat
The first line of defense is to wash linens, pillowcases, hats and clothes in very hot water that is at least 150F/66C for no less than 20 minutes. This is usually accomplished by washing these items in hot water and drying with high heat for at least 1 hour.
Isolation for non-washable items
There are many items that are not machine washable, but must also be treated. Again, isolation is the best method for dealing with these items, including stuffed animals, pillows, helmets or headphones. You should expect these items to be out of commission for up to 2 days. Items can also be placed in the dryer for 1 hour.
Vacuuming up the rest of the lice
You can vacuum any surface that cannot be wiped down or washed. After vacuuming the couch, you may place a sheet on it for 48 hours laundering at the end of the day. If there are items you cannot wash you can bag them or put them in a room that you don’t use for a 2 days to starve them. Removing their food source is a good way to prevent lice re-infestation. Steam cleaning is not necessary.
What do I do with brushes?
Soak in rubbing alcohol for 20-30mins or put in a sealed bag for 2 days. Label all brushes so they are not shared. Do not share beds, pillows, or hats.