The first step in getting rid of head lice is to inspect the head to determine the extent of infestation. You can use a metal lice comb to check the hair. You should also apply conditioner liberally throughout the hair shafts. The conditioner will suffocate the head lice by preventing them from moving around.
The next step is to wash bedding, clothing and towels that were used in the past 48 hours. Then, you should dry them in an electric dryer on the hot setting. You can also clean furniture, carpet and car seats by vacuuming. If you are not able to wash these items, you can place them in a plastic bag and store them in a dark place for about two weeks. If the lice persist, you should contact your healthcare provider.
You can also use Olive Oil to kill lice. The oil prevents the lice from breathing and will kill them within six to eight hours. Olive oil can be applied to hair brushes and combs and clothes that have been used in the past two weeks. In the case of resistant lice, you can also use an oral medication called ivermectin. Other medications are being studied and may be available in the future. You can also use lotions and other materials to suffocate the lice. However, it is important to note that this treatment is not effective for all cases.
The first step in getting rid of head lice is to thoroughly wash the clothes that your child wore in the past 48 hours. Make sure to dry the clothes in a hot dryer. In addition, make sure to thoroughly vacuum carpets and furniture. You should also inform your child’s preschool or school if he has head lice. You should also keep your child home until the day after treatment.