23 Feb 5 Things To Do After a Lice Outbreak
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 head 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 within your family and friends:
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 and other activity leaders
If you learn that your child has lice, you should contact his or her school and extracurricular activity leaders, as other children might be exposed and infested. While it can be embarrassing for your child, it’s important to let teachers, school administrators, and coaches know about the outbreak so that it won’t spread which may re-infest your child later.
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 or hiring a professional delousing service will help ensure that lice are gone. Make sure to vacuum floors, furniture, rugs and mop floors with warm water. Also, replace any hair utensils that could have been exposed to the lice.
5. Get professionally treated
Licenders can treat both the infested persons with lice and screen those who may have been exposed. We have convenient lice treatment centers in NYC and Fairfield County, CT and also offer home visits. Appointments available seven days a week for screenings and lice treatments. Our one-time treatments kill all the lice and their nits today. Your child will be cleared and ready to go back to school the same day!