Ridding Your Household of Lice
- Although lice don't survive long on
bedding, it's best to wash the sheets/pillowcases of anyone being treated for lice.(pillows can be set aside overnight or placed in dryer for 20 minutes)
- Clothing worn in the past 48 hours should also be washed in hot water. (Hats, coats, mittens and backbacks should be washed or set aside for 48 hours)
- While parents are sometimes told to clean and quarantine all of a child's stuffed animals and dolls, experts say this is not necessary - lice do not seek or thrive on
inanimate objects. Just bag them for 48 hours.
- If your child sleeps with a favorite plush toy, pop it in the hot dryer for 20 minutes.
- All hairbrushes and hair assessories used and worn in the past 48 hours should be collected in a ziplock bag and set aside for 48 hours
Article on common ways lice is transferred:
Study finds that children with smartphones or tablets are twice as likely to get head lice. Since multiple kids are often using the same device, their heas are
touching which is the most common way that lice is spread.
Article on flying in planes with lice:
Can you catch head lice by sitting in a seat previously occupied by someone with head lice?
This was one of the big concerns voiced by people who commented on Travis's column about his family's experience. "You can share lice with somebody else, but it's
mainly by direct head-to-head contact," because these insects can't fly or jump, Pollack said. "In the laboratory, it's difficult to keep them alive from one day to the next without feeding them.
They tend to starve to death." Head lice feed on blood, not the foam in seat cushions, so even if a stowaway louse managed to survive on a seat between flights, it's highly unlikely that it would
have the strength to make itself at home on a new passenger's scalp. As he writes on the IdentifyUS website, "Despite commonly held beliefs to the contrary, inanimate objects...are insignificant in
harboring or transmitting head lice or their eggs."