How can I rid the house of head lice?
My kid just got over head lice. How can I make sure our house is totally clear of lice?
Submitted by Parents.com Team

Fortunately, head lice can't live off the head, and once separated from their human host, they can't survive for more than 24 hours. So focus on all the areas and things your child's come into contact with in the last day or so. Soak all hairbrushes, combs, and recently worn hair clips or bands in hot water for at least two hours or place them in a plastic bag and throw them in the freezer for 2 hours. Wash your child's bed sheets, blankets, and towels in very hot water, and be sure to throw everything in the dryer on a high-heat setting for at least 30 minutes. If your child sleeps with a stuffed animal, throw it in the dryer for 30 minutes also. For extra protection, experts recommend that you vacuum your child's room and any carpet, chairs, sofa, or car seats she might have had recent contact with. Although fumigating your entire home with an anti-lice pesticide spray may seem tempting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding these sprays because they contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous, especially for anyone with respiratory conditions. --Chelle E. Cohen

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Community Answers (5)

Yes, minimal cleaning on the home and simple treatment on each household member=Success...15 bucks for one comb + one 5 1/2 minute video... and your family is good for life! Just be sure to follow it step by step. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TmTJWjb2bA www.TheNitPick.com
Submitted by tacoel1

Yes, minimal cleaning on the home and simple treatment on each household member=Success...15 bucks for one comb + one 5 1/2 minute video... and your family is good for life! Just be sure to follow it step by step. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TmTJWjb2bA www.TheNitPick.com
Submitted by tacoel1

I've had this problem with my teen girls & It seemed impossible to get rid of it. I used all kind of pesticides and the thin comb that came with them for weeks and weeks with no result. and then I came through a comb in a pharmacy (boots). It's called "nitty gritty nitfree comb). Wash hair and with conditioner still on divide hair to 4 sections and comb it. It rids the hair of even the nits and eggs. You have to repeat it every week for a month and then your hair is free. then repeat monthly.
Submitted by atareko

I've had this problem with my teen girls & It seemed impossible to get rid of it. I used all kind of pesticides and the thin comb that came with them for weeks and weeks with no result. and then I came through a comb in a pharmacy (boots). It's called "nitty gritty nitfree comb). Wash hair and with conditioner still on divide hair to 4 sections and comb it. It rids the hair of even the nits and eggs. You have to repeat it every week for a month and then your hair is free. then repeat monthly.
Submitted by atareko