Head lice are pests that can cause much discomfort, and worse, they can spread quickly. They are most commonly spread among children and families with children—individuals who are more likely to have head to head contact. Luckily, there’s an easy way to handle infestations, thanks to the professional lice treatments available today.
However, what happens after the treatment? Many parents ask if there are more steps they should be taking. Remember, that head lice never stray too far from the human head or they can’t survive. Because of this, your primary focus should always be on treating the head of the affected family member and performing head checks on all other family members.
However, after that, it might be a good idea to treat items that the affected family member recently came in contact with, just to be extra thorough. This aftercare can include some light cleaning in certain areas of the house:
Remove all sheets, including pillowcases, along with other items on the bed. Throw them in the washing machine for a thorough wash in hot water, and then dryer dry them. If you have blankets or comforters that you can’t put inside your washer, all you need to do is to put them in the dryer on high for 20-30 minutes, or you can place them in a plastic bag for at least 24 hours.
Make sure that all recently worn clothing is washed with hot water. You can dry them in a regular setting.
If the affected family member was cuddled up on the couch last night for movie night, it might be a good idea to pull any throw blankets off the sofa and throwing them in the wash as well. If he or she laid their head on a certain pillow, remove the cover of that pillow and throw it in the wash, or put in a bag for 24 hours.
Since it is highly unlikely that someone will ever catch, or especially re-catch head lice from hair accessories, it is not necessary to treat these. However, if you wish to be completely thorough, you can place combs or brushes in a shallow dish with boiling water, and leave them for 10 to 15 minutes. For other hair accessories, you can put them in a Ziploc bag and place them in the freezer overnight.
Focus on Head Checks
Remember, after a lice infestation, your primary focus should still be on heads. Keep checking the heads of all family members regularly, or bring them to Fresh Heads for our head check service. That way, if there are any signs of lice, you can address them immediately.
Work with a Professional Lice Removal Service
Lice infestation is a drag—it’s uncomfortable, and your child’s self-esteem can take a hit. These pesky bugs may be challenging to remove, which is why you don’t want it to happen again after treatment. Use the aftercare tips shared above to prevent reinfestation and ensure a lice-free household.
Head Lice Treatment in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Orlando
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Schools Without Lice
Our mission at Fresh Heads is to get rid of lice in schools across the country. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we’re able to provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!