Treating head lice
When dealing with head lice and nits, never has it be truer that prevention is better than cure. If you do regular lice hair checks on the whole family, you can tackle any small outbreaks more easily than waiting to deal with a full-blown infestation.
Our best tips on dealing with a head lice infestation:
If, despite your best efforts, the little blighters have gotten away from you:
- Concentrate on the head - there is no evidence to suggest that you need to clean the house.
- There's no treatment that will kill all the eggs, so it's really important to repeat the treatment a couple of times 3-4 days apart.
- If you are using lotions, apply the product to dry hair.
- There is no need to treat the whole family, unless they also have head lice.
- Only the pillowcase requires specific laundering; either wash it in hot water (at least 60 degrees centigrade) or dry it using a clothes dryer on the hot or warm setting.
- There is no product available that guarantees to prevent head lice. Using the conditioner and comb method once a week will help you detect any head lice early and minimise the problem. Tying back long hair can help prevent the spread of head lice.
Combs with long, rounded stainless steel teeth positioned very close together have been shown to be the most effective, however, any head lice comb can be use.
Read more about head lice:
- Head lice and schools
- Facing the head lice challenge at back to school time
- 30 real life head lice cures from Kidspot mums (what works and what doesn't)
- The cheap and cheerful conditioner trick to banish lice
- Read about the new pill to cure head lice
- Head lice facts
- Head lice treatments
- What are nits
- What are head lice