How do you treat head lice?
DO NOT TREAT UNLESS YOU ARE SURE YOU HAVE FOUND A MOVING LOUSE.
1. Check and treat all infected members of the family.
2. Ask your GP or Pharmacist which head lice treatment to use. Do not use head lice shampoo. The Pharmacist can advise on any evidence of resistance to treatment and therefore the most appropriate treatment to purchase. Also, the Pharmacist can advise on treatments suitable for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
3. Always read and follow the instructions in the treatment pack.
4. Apply the treatment carefully. The usual methods are: Lotions and Liquids In a well ventilated room (open a window), and away from all sources of heat (fi res, cigarettes, hairdryers, lighters or matches). i. Apply the lotion or liquid to dry hair ii. Part the hair near the top of the head, put a few drops of the lotion or liquid on to the scalp and rub in. Part the hair again a bit further down the scalp and rub in some of the lotion or liquid. Do this again and again until the whole scalp is wet.
If you are treating long hair, ensure that you cover the hair down to where the ponytail band would be, UNLESS you are using Dimeticone (Hedrin) which should fully cover the hair. Ensure that you use enough lotion – do not dilute head lice treatments. Take care not to get the lotion or liquid in the eyes or on the face. iii. Let the lotion or liquid dry on the hair naturally. Keep well away from naked flames, cigarettes or other lighted objects.
Do NOT use a hair dryer.
iv. Leave on the hair for the amount of time stated in the instructions. Then wash and rinse in the normal manner.
5. REPEAT THE ENTIRE TREATMENT SEVEN DAYS LATER, using a second bottle of the same lotion or liquid. This should kill any lice which may have hatched since the initial treatment.
6. Check the head two days after the second treatment. If you still find moving lice ask your pharmacist or GP for advice. You should use at least one small bottle of lotion or liquid per head, more if the hair is thick.