How to Prevent Lice?
Preventing Head Lice
No parent wants to learn of an outbreak of lice at their child’s school. Lice infestation travels quickly. And even if your child has already been treated for lice, he or she could easily become reinfested through contact with another infested person. This forces you to go through another round of treatment and experience more missed days of school. Below are some tips to help protect your child and control the spread of lice.
Reinfestation — or getting lice again after already being treated for it — is a real concern. No one is immune to head lice. If lice treatment is not followed properly, personal belongings such as hats or brushes are shared, or steps aren’t taken to rid your home of lice, they can come back and your child can get infested again.
You may have also heard that Nix® has a residual effect. This means that some residual or lingering activity of Nix® remains on the hair for up to two weeks, even with regular shampooing. This residual activity allows Nix® to kill lice — including baby lice as they hatch — and protect against lice reinfestation for up to 14 days. Products with longer residual effects tend to be more effective in killing newly hatched lice eggs.1 Other lice treatments that do not have the residual effect that Nix® does often require more than one application to ensure that newly hatched lice eggs are killed. Nix®, on the other hand, kills lice and their eggs usually with a single application
Tips to Keep Lice from Spreading
1. Mazurek CM, Lee NP. How to manage head lice. West J Med. 2000 May; 172(5): 342–345.