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In addition to treatment, here are some steps recommended by the CDCb to help stop the spread of head lice to other family members:
Kids will be kids, but tell them to avoid head-to-head contact while playing with other children, whether at school, on a playground, or during sports activities. Since head lice also can't fly, hop, or jump, they'll pass on to your children only through direct contact.
Tell kids not to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, hair bands, ribbons, barrettes, or towels — basically, anything that goes on kids' heads.
Identify items used by anyone who has head lice, such as pillows, hats, helmets, scarves, clothes, bedding, towels, and stuffed animals. Machine-wash appropriate items in hot water and tumble-dry in a hot dryer for 20 minutes. If an item can't be washed, seal it in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
Do not use pest sprays or fogs in the house. They are not needed, and they can be harmful if they are inhaled or get on the skin.
bCDC = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If there's a head lice outbreak in your child's school, put sleepover parties on
hold for a while, since head lice can live in bedding, pillows, and carpets that
have recently been used by someone with head lice.
Sklice Lotion is a prescription medication for topical use on the hair and scalp only, for treatment of head lice in people 6 months of age and older.
Sklice Lotion should be used in the context of an overall lice management program:
Wash (in hot water) or dry-clean all recently worn clothing, hats, used bedding, and towels.
Wash personal care items such as combs, brushes, and hair clips in hot water.
A fine-tooth comb or special nit comb may be used to remove dead lice and nits.
have any skin conditions or sensitivities
have any other medical conditions
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Sklice Lotion can harm your unborn baby.
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Sklice Lotion passes into your breast milk.
To prevent accidental ingestion, adult supervision is required for pediatric application. Avoid contact with eyes.
The most common side effects from Sklice Lotion include eye redness or soreness, eye irritation, dandruff, dry skin, and burning sensation of the skin.
Talk with your doctor if you or your child have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see the full Prescribing Information for Sklice Lotion.
a Qualifying patients are eligible for a maximum of 1 benefit. Depending on your out-of-pocket costs the benefit may vary. Pay no more than $25 for up to 1 prescription (maximum benefit is $100 off per prescription depending on your out-of-pocket costs). Sanofi Pasteur reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer without notice.