is requested so that your child can get back to school or childcare as soon as possible. Tips for prescription or over-the-counter head lice treatment Whether using an over-the-counter head lice product or a prescribed treatment, it is very important that you read and follow all directions on the product’s label. Do not treat someone who does not have live lice (or nits close to the head). Do not use these products as a prevention method to avoid lice. Do not use a cream rinse, combination shampoo/conditioner, or conditioner on the hair before using the lice medicine. It is recommended that both the person getting treated and the person administering the treatment put on clean clothing after the treatment is completed. Be cautious not to use more than one head lice medication at time. Eight to 12 hours after treatment, examine your child’s head again. If you see a few lice still around, but they are moving more slowly than before, do not re-treat. Comb the dead lice and any remaining live lice out of the hair using a fine-toothed nit/lice comb. To comb through the hair, sit in a well lighted area. Part the hair into small sections and comb through one section at a time. Be patient and thorough, it can take a lot of time. Eight to12 hours after treatment, if no dead lice are found and lice appear to be as active as before, the medicine may not be working. Do not re-treat until speaking with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may recommend using a different lice treatment.
Re-treatment is generally recommended for most lice medicines after 9-10 days. This
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