Finding out that you or a member of your family has been infested with lice can be overwhelming and stressful. However, there are steps you can take in order to treat and get rid of lice quickly and effectively. Here are a few ways you can deal with the lice outbreak and ensure that lice is treated properly so it won’t spread or return:
1. Don’t panic
The initial reaction to the news of a lice outbreak would naturally be to panic. However, panicking won’t solve the lice problem any sooner and certainly won’t make it easier if your child is the one who has been infested. Gather your thoughts, make a to-do list and create an action plan for getting rid of lice.
2. Contact your child’s school
If you learn that your child has lice, you should contact his or her school, as other children might be exposed and infested. While it can be embarrassing for your child, it’s important to let teachers or school administrators know about the outbreak so that it won’t get any worse.
3. Wash clothes and bedding
While lice can’t live for more than 24 hours without a human host, sharing clothing or bedding could have been the source for the lice outbreak. It’s important to wash all sheets, pillowcases, blankets, stuffed animals and clothing that may have come into contact with those affected by the lice outbreak.
4. Decontaminate your home
In addition to washing all items that may have been exposed to lice, cleaning your home thoroughly will help ensure that lice are gone. Make sure to vacuum floors, furniture and rugs and mop floors with warm water. Also throw away any hair utensils that could have been exposed to or the source of the lice.
5. Get professionally treated
Licenders can help both treat infested persons with lice or screen those who may have been exposed. We have four treatment salons on the Upper East Side, Brooklyn and Connecticut with appointments and walk-in options available seven days a week for screenings and lice treatments. Our one-time treatments dry out lice and their nits in just 30 minutes. Also, your child is ready to go back to school the same day!
If you discover that you or anyone in your family have lice, contact us or call 888-984-3042 to schedule an appointment today! Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn to receive our latest updates and tips!