Head Lice – What to Do
If your child gets head lice, do not worry. This does not say reflect poorly on your family or home, hygiene or standard of living. There is a certain stigma, so I would not tell people that your child has head lice unless they need to know.
You'll probably want to take your child to the doctor, but you do not needarily need to. The school nurse is often the person who tells you about the problem and will likely tell you the best way to get rid of the lice.
There are different medicines you can use like medicated shampoo, lotion or cream rinse. These may be over-the-counter or prescription strength. You will want to comb out the nits with a fine tooth comb after you have treated. Often, it will take two or three treatments to stop seeing live lice.
You will also need to wash all of your child's bedding. I would recommend throwing away her pillow and buying a brand new one, but if you can not do that, you need to wash her pillow in hot water. For those items that can not be washed, like comforters, toys or stuffed animals, simply dry clean or put into an air tight back for a couple of weeks. Vacuum all of the carpet in your home and vacuum any upholstered furniture. You will need to do this in your car too.
Do not allow your child to share a towel or pillow with anyone else in the home during this infestation. She should also refrain from sharing a brush or comb, or any other item that touches her scalp. It's very easy for this to travel from person to person within the household. Check the scalp of every person in the home every few days until you know that your home is free of head lice.
Lice are not always easy to get rid of, so just be persistent and they will be gone soon enough.