Q & A
WHAT DO I CLEAN IN MY HOUSE?
Lice have claws that are very efficient at clinging to hair, so dropping lice all over your home is a myth. They cannot survive off the head for more than 24/48 hours.
Cleaning is simple:
Cover couch with a sheet.
Sheets and blankets can go in a dryer for 20/30 minutes on high heat. (Heat kills lice). If your sheets need washing, then by all means, wash them.
Stuffed toys can go in the dryer too for 20/30 minutes (if toys are heirlooms, bag them instead for 2 weeks) Only clean the toys they sleep with, not every toy in the room.
Hair brushes can go in the freezer for 24 hours. Hair ties can too.
Lice do NOT burrow, so no need to do pillows or mattress covers.
Backpacks, pillows, cushions can be wiped clean with a LINT ROLLER (sticky roller). It's quick and easy.
^^Combing is the key to getting rid of lice NOT cleaning your home. If lice comes back in a few days or weeks, it's because your child was re-infected with lice again OR you didn't comb out all the nits. It did NOT come from your home.
Keep up the combing. I have my families lice comb once a week for a month.
WHAT IS THE LIFE CYCLE OF LICE
A LICE INFESTATION DOESN'T START OVERNIGHT. It tooks weeks to get to that point. It usually always starts with ONE fertilized female! She latched on when your child had a head to head encounter!
Lice mate! There has to be a male and female. The adult female lice lay eggs. They move extremely fast in the hair. The don't jump, hop or fly.
Females lay about 3 to 10 eggs per day (so my rant at lice combing regularly for lice can catch a female in the act in the early stages and can prevent a lice infestation!) The eggs start hatching in 7 - 10 days (it's when the itching starts). The babies becomes adults in another 7-10 days and then lay their own eggs once fertilized.
FREQUENT LICE COMBING CAN DISRUPT THIS CYCLE
Comb check your children frequently, especially after camps, sleepovers, any exposure to lice. DON'T look through the hair. You will NEVER find it until it's too late!
HOW DID MY CHILD GET LICE?
Basically from head to head contact is the most common cause. Sharing a hair brush with someone that has lice is another cause, but children love hugging each other and getting close, so head to head is an inevitable in those cases. I call lice LOVE because it comes from hugging, snuggling, cuddling, sharing and caring!
LICE LIKE DIRTY HAIR AND OTHER MYTHS!
Hair is hair, so lice really don't care whether it's dirty or clean! Hair dyes do NOT kill lice or nits, neither does chlorine, mayo, olive oil.etc. Lice eggs (nits) are pretty tough, so if the chemical shampoos don't kill them, it's doubtful that an of those do.
HOW DO I PREVENT LICE?
Through regular combing with a lice comb. In the beginning, it's very hard to see lice, but using a lice comb can diagnose it very easily. Don't look through the hair if you suspect lice, always lice comb. If it turns out to be just dandruff because you spotted white 'things' in the hair, you will now know for sure it's not lice.
Frequently lice combing is the best course of action. Keeping the hair tied up in a tight 'ballet' bun is another good deterrent!