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5 steps for managing


Here's a checklist to help you and your family

Like any parent dealing with head lice for the first time, you may have a few questions. This checklist will help you get started.

Step 1: Check your whole family for head lice  

  • Check all family members for lice and nits
  • Consider calling your healthcare provider right away to set up an appointment and get treatment advice and guidance
  • If you suspect any family members have lice, it's a good idea to take them to the doctor as well

Step 2: See your healthcare provider   

  • Ask about treatment options
  • Make sure you understand exactly how to use the medication
  • Get your over-the-counter treatment
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Step 3: Remove lice from your house  

  • Identify items that might contain head lice, such as
    • Pillows/bed linens
    • Stuffed animals
    • Hats
    • Scarves
    • Helmets
    • Clothes
  • Machine-wash all washable items in hot water (130° F)
  • Seal items that can't be washed in plastic bags for 2 weeks

Step 4: Share the info  

  • Call parents of children who may have been in close contact with yours
  • Cancel all sleepovers and play dates until you're sure your child is lice free
  • Notify your child's school

Step 5: Don't bug out  

  • Take a deep breath
  • Reassure your child that it's OK
  • Help your child understand that it's not their fault. Anyone can get lice, no matter how clean their hair or house is or where they live, go to school, or play

Head lice happens. If your child is diagnosed with head lice, don't bug out.