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Some helpful tips to prevent head lice from spreading

In addition to treatment with a head lice medicine, here are some steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help stop the spread of head lice:

Head Lice - Avoid head-to-head contact

Avoid head-to-head contact

Advise your child to avoid head-to-head contact when playing with others, whether at school, on a playground, or during sports activities. Head lice can't fly, hop, or jump; they spread from one child to another through direct contact.

Head Lice - Don't share what's on your hair

Don't share what's used on your hair

Ask your child not to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, hair bands, ribbons, barrettes, or towels—basically anything that is worn or used on the head.

Head Lice - Don't use pest sprays and fogs

Don’t use pest sprays and fogs

Do not use pest sprays or fogs in the house. They’re not needed and can be harmful if they’re inhaled or get on the skin.

Head Lice - Say "no" to sleepovers for a while

Say "no" to sleepovers for a while

If there's a head lice infestation at your child's school, it's recommended to put sleepovers on hold for a while. This will help avoid head-to-head contact with other children who may have lice.

Head Lice - Remove lice from your house

Remove lice from your house

Identify items used by anyone who has head lice, such as pillows, bedding, towels, hats, helmets, scarves, clothes, and stuffed animals. Machine-wash appropriate items in hot water and tumble-dry on high heat. If an item can't be washed, seal it in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.