Protecting against Head lice
- Avoid close contact: Children naturally love to hug and play, but doing so puts them at greater risk of getting head lice. Direct contact with an infested person is the easiest way to contract head lice because lice walk from one person to another. Explain to your child that they should avoid head to head contact, and be conscious of close contact with other children like during sleepovers; playground games and sitting close on the school bus.
- Don’t share: It goes against everything you’ve ever taught your child, but sharing personal items is a sure way to contract lice from an infested person. Make sure your child knows that sharing belongings like hats, helmets, brushes, combs, hair bows, or any item that’s likely come in contact with hair is off-limits during an outbreak of head lice. If your child has long hair, keep it pulled back in a ponytail.
- Keep belongings separate: At home and at school, it’s almost second nature for your child to toss his or her belongings in a pile with other kids’ belongings. But doing so puts your child at risk of contracting head lice. Although head lice are most often contracted through direct contact, a louse can live for almost 24-48 hours after leaving its human host. Be sure your children keep their belongings at their desk or on a separate hook at school. At home, each child should keep their belongings in their rooms.
- Use Vamousse Protective Shampoo instead of your normal shampoo during a head lice outbreak. Stamps out an early, undetected infestation before it can take hold or spread.
WHAT YOUR FAMILY CAN DO IF ONE OF YOU HAS HEAD LICE
If your child contracts head lice you’ll want to treat them with Vamousse Head Lice Treatment immediately, and have every member of the family start using Vamousse Protective Shampoo. If actual lice appear, use Vamousse Head Lice Treatment mousse on each person with lice.
Here are more tips to help protect against reinfestation and minimise the spread of lice in your home:
- Do not allow family members to come into contact with pillows, beds, furniture, carpets or any soft toys which the infested person has been in contact with until they have been properly cleaned.
- Wash all clothing, bedding, towels and any other items the infested person has been in contact with before treatment. Set washing machine to hot water cycle (above 50⁰C).
- Dry items in clothes dryer, set on the high heat cycle for at least 20 minutes.
- Dry-clean the items that can’t be washed, or place them in a sealed, airtight plastic bag and store for 4 weeks.
- Vacuum furniture, carpets, rugs, floors, car seats and any other place the infested person sat. Dispose of vacuum filter immediately.
- Soak the infested person’s brushes and combs in hot soapy water for at least 10 minutes to disinfect them.