House cleaning and hygiene

Do lice prefer clean or dirty hair?

    Head lice find it easier to move around on a clean head of hair, however, that does not mean that an individual with dirty hair won't get lice. Head lice feed on blood and as long as we have blood, we are at risk.

    Does having head lice mean that person lives in a dirty home or has poor hygiene?

      Absolutely not! Getting a case of lice has nothing to do with the cleanliness of one's home or body. Lice are spread by direct contact. They do not live away from the head, so whether a house is clean or dirty makes no difference.

      How much cleaning is necessary when my child has head lice?

        Concentrate only on items that had direct contact with individuals suffering from head lice during the past 24 hours. Wash clothes and linens in warm water and put in dryer on high heat for at least 20 minutes.

        I've heard the worst part of head lice is all the cleaning. Is this true?

          Cleaning is overemphasized. The parent's time is better spent on the child's head, as well as communicating with the child’s closest friends.

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