It is important to follow the directions on the box for the treatment to be effective.
Do not use combination shampoo/conditoner before using lice medicine. Do not re-wash the hair for 1-2 days after the lice medicine is removed.
Remove as many nits as possible in order to avoid confusion as to whether or not the child still has an active case of head lice. Removal of the nits requires daily combing of the hair for 7-10 days with a fine-toothed nit comb.
Machine wash and dry all personal items (bedding, clothing, towels, etc.) used within 2 days before treatment.
Wash items in HOT water in the washing machine and/or place in HOT dryer for 20 minutes.
Seal non-washable items like stuffed animals in plastic bags for 10 days.
Vacuum floors/carpet and furniture. However, spending a lot of time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary.
Spraying with an insecticide is not recommended because it can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.