Parenting

Facts You Don’t Know About Lice (Warning: Itching Ahead)

This post was developed in partnership with RID® but all ideas are my own.

There’s nothing like that first day when your kids go back to school after the holiday break. Suddenly, everything is quiet again. Of course, there’s nothing like that email you get sometime toward the end of the first or second week of school that a child in your child’s school or class has head lice.

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If you’re like me, you’re already starting to itch just reading the words “lice”. An email like that sends me directly to the shower, which is kind of silly because having lice has nothing to do with how clean or dirty your hair is. But, still I start to itch and just need to wash everything in sight! No one would claim that having lice is fun, but it doesn’t have to drive you crazy either.

If you have an outbreak of lice, here are three things you need to know to get the outbreak under control (and to keep your sanity).

  1. Lice are wingless, which means they can only spread by crawling from person to person, or by sharing items such as hairbrushes or hats. One reason lice show up a lot after school breaks is that kids are more likely to have slumber parties with cousins or friends during the break. It’s a good idea to check your child for lice before and after overnights. Remember, lice has nothing to do with cleanliness.
  2. Lice are parasites, they need blood to live and can’t live off of the human body for very long. It is important to wash all clothes, towels, hats, scarves, coats and bed linens in hot water and dry in high heat. The RID Home Lice, Bedbug and Dust Mite Spray can be used according to package directions to kill lice and their eggs on mattresses, furniture, car interiors and other nonwashable items (be sure to read product label for full instructions). The RID Home Spray is not for use on humans. For more information on how to treat your house visit www.ridlice.com/en/getting-rid-of-lice. Disclaimer: Before starting treatment, read product label for full instructions.
  3. One of the frustrating things about lice in the winter is that lice and dandruff are easily confused for each other. Both can cause itching and it can be hard to tell the difference between dandruff flakes and nits. It’s very important to make sure your child has lice before treating for it. For more information on how to check for lice, visit www.ridlice.com/en/check-for-head-lice. If one case of lice is confirmed, make sure to check everyone in your family (even siblings who don’t get along). Leaving even one or two nits on one head can start a whole new infestation. For that same reason, it’s really important to get rid of the nits (eggs) and follow the instructions on your RID elimination kit.

In my experience, the RID Lice Treatment Complete Kit really provides complete lice treatment for both the head and the home . Both the RID Lice Elimination Essentials Kit and the RID Lice Treatment Complete Kits include scientifically proven products to kill lice and remove their eggs.

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I also like that you can visit www.ridlice.com for comprehensive, 24/7 support services including simple step-by-step instructions and How-To videos and specially trained experts at the dedicated 1-800-RID-LICE hotline. The first time someone in your family gets lice it can be really overwhelming and having support is helpful.

Hopefully, sending your kids back to school will provide all the peace and none of the pests, but it’s nice to know RID is there if you do get a case of the itchies.