Head Lice: Treating Your Children

By Nicole Pence

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 1, 2007 at 9:53 AM EDT

Head Lice is common in schools, but easy to treat if all steps are followed. Pharmacist Rick Hoch explains.

There's little reason why the bugs gravitate to someone's scalp. Pharmacist Rick Hoch says the crawling bugs or eggs live on scalps or hair strands, and are difficult to see. Over the counter shampoos are the most popular way to treat the bugs. Wash your hair for five to ten minutes, rinse, and then you must use a nit comb, as their called, to remove the eggs from the hair shafts or the bugs will be back. Using a nit comb is the most important step in the removal process.

The pharmacist also says treatment, for everyone, should be repeated a week later.

Rick Hoch/CVS Pharmacist: "There are prescription items that will treat it more effectively than the over the counter items. Another thing worth mentioning is allergys. The chemicals used in these over the counter shampoos and sprays are related to ragweed. So, anybody with an allergy to ragweed could be allergic to these products."

A full kit, including the shampoo, combs, and spray for your linens or other cloth materials the child has been in contact with, costs about 24-dollars.

A child 's stuffed animals, for example, should be bagged for two weeks to kill the bugs. Siblings or students in a classroom with someone who has lice do not necessarily have to be treated, but if you're worried, do it anyway.

Story aired Wednesday, October 31st.

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