A popular question is, “Does head lice treatment kill eggs?” The answer is: No. The lice tend to stay on the head, not on the clothes or bedding. In addition, insecticides that are used to kill lice and their eggs do not work well on clothing, bedding or furniture. In addition, permethrin-based insecticides are highly toxic to bees and aquatic animals, and may pollute waterways. Moreover, lindane is a persistent insecticide that requires a special treatment to remove.
The best way to avoid spreading the lice is to educate family and friends about the infestation. One way to do this is by following treatment instructions closely. Make sure to treat the source of the infestation and those who were recently infected with them. This will prevent re-infestation. In addition to proper treatment, you should inform any person you have recently come into contact with if you suspect your child has head lice.
To treat your child’s head for lice, you can use hot water or an insecticide. These products are extremely toxic to the nervous system of lice and eggs. While they will kill the lice, you may need to repeat the application seven to 10 days later. This will ensure that the lice have been killed. You should also keep the area off limits for 48 hours.
The most effective head lice treatments contain active ingredients that work effectively and are less likely to develop resistance. These include dimethicone and benzyl alcohol. They are silicone-based and are much more effective than insecticides. As with any head lice treatment, however, you should make sure you follow the directions and do not use more than recommended. If the problem persists after using these treatments, you should visit a doctor.