Head lice treatment precautions: what parents need to know

With any type of head lice treatment, you need to take a few precautions to ensure that you are using it safely. Always be sure to follow the package directions carefully, and ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.

For all treatments, make sure that the product doesn't get into the eyes. You can do this by protecting the eyes with a towel or washcloth while the product is being applied, and having your child close their eyes while rinsing. If any product does get in your child's eyes, flush them immediately with water.

Other safety tips to keep in mind for all topical head lice treatments:

  • Keep the product out of the reach of children.
  • These products are for external use only – if they are swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Centre.
  • In the case of infection or skin irritation, stop using the product and consult a physician.
  • If eyelashes or eyebrows are affected, check with your physician. You may need to use a different treatment instead.

For all head lice treatment options, be sure to read the instructions provided with the product carefully. Before starting treatment, be familiar with the directions and follow all precautions listed, such as how to minimize unwanted exposure to the product.

To minimize exposure:

  • Apply the product to the hair and scalp only.
  • Don't apply the product to the hair after a hot bath or shower. Wash your hair with warm water instead of hot water.
  • Avoid applying the treatment in the shower or bath, where other parts of the body could come into contact with the treatment while applying it and rinsing it. Instead, apply the product and rinse it out over the sink.
  • Don't leave the product in the hair longer than recommended.
  • Rinse hair well after the treatment.
  • Wear rubber gloves while applying and rinsing the product to avoid unnecessary contact with the product.

Additional safety precautions for treatments containing traditional insecticides include the following:

  • Don't let the medication come in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, or broken skin. If contact occurs, flush with plenty of water.
  • Do not use these products on eyelashes or eyebrows.

Talk to your pharmacist or health care professional to choose the treatment that is right for your family. And be sure to talk to your pharmacist about safety precautions you should take when using the treatment.

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