The pains of a head lice outbreak can feel like they are never-ending. You have to sterilize your home, make sure that lice don’t spread to you or your family members and keep your child home from school, which can be frustrating and embarrassing. But if you are careful, you can make sure that lice are gone for good. Here are some steps to take to ensure you and your children are—and stay—lice free.

Look for clusters

A cluster of nits, which generally gather in groups of six or seven, that are close to the scalp indicates that lice are still present. If you begin to find that the nits are growing further away from the scalp, they are not necessarily alive or ever will be. Using a magnifying glass will make it easier to search for nits close to the scalp. You’ll want to make sure that there are no clusters of lice nits close to your child’s scalp for at least two weeks before you are in the clear.

Check your surroundings

Lice can not only survive in your hair but on bedding, carpet, furniture and in your car. Since lice can’t jump or fly, it’s unlikely that they will be present on items that your child hasn’t been in contact with. However, they can crawl, so you want to make sure that you clean your home extra carefully. If you’ve washed all clothing, stuffed animals, pillows and pillowcases and vacuumed the carpet and furniture, your items should be lice free.

Use a professional

The most common reason that lice don’t go away or return is because of not using the right treatments. Licenders professionals use AirAllé®, an FDA-cleared medical device that kills lice and their eggs without the use of chemicals, and is more effective than over-the-counter remedies. It also kills lice in just one treatment, allowing your children to return to school the same day.

With six locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Connecticut and Long Island, we’ve had more than 400,000 successful treatments. You can visit our salons for treatment, or our team of clinicians can come directly to you with our home call services. We will come to treat your home and the entire family in one visit.

If you want to ensure that the presence of lice in your home and children are truly gone, send us a message or call 888-984-3042 to schedule an appointment.

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