Before treating your child with a head lice medication, you should check the label to make sure it is safe to use. Some products contain insecticides that can be harmful if overused. Also, some products have been known to irritate the scalp. For this reason, you should always consult a pharmacist for a safer alternative.
The best way to treat lice is to prevent them from laying eggs and hatching. This means avoiding head-to-head contact and not sharing personal care items with someone who has lice. You should also avoid using bedding from an infested person. You should also ask an adult to check your hair every three to four days to make sure there are no lice.
To prevent head lice from spreading, you should thoroughly clean your child’s clothing and any other items that had contact with the affected person’s head. Items that can’t be washed should be placed in a sealed plastic bag for at least 2 weeks. You should also vacuum the furniture and floors in your home. Remember that the lice don’t survive long on household items, so using insecticides is not necessary. These chemicals are toxic and can be absorbed through the skin.
You can also use lice shampoo to kill the lice immediately. These products are highly effective and will get rid of the lice within two to three weeks. The amount of time lice remain in your hair will depend on their size and how many eggs they’ve laid. If left untreated, head lice can survive for as long as 30 days.