If you’re dealing with a case of head lice, then you may be concerned about the head lice incubation period, and how to avoid getting another infestation in the near future. Understanding the head lice incubation period can help make treatments more effective, and it’s important that you treat head lice properly; as the pesky critters are adept at making a swift return.
First things first – treat your family. If only one member of the family has head lice, but you have more than one child, treat the entire family. Apply treatments to your family members on one day, and make sure every member is treated.
Look online for advice on pesticide based over the counter products, and consider using home alternatives for safer and more affordable remedies. Home alternatives include the smothering treatment to kill the lice and the white vinegar treatment to remove eggs (also known as nits). There is plenty of information available on home head lice remedies on this site. Your treatments must include a suitable head lice comb.
As soon as you have treated your family members, you must then treat your home. Again, look for advice on this site for all the things you need to do to treat your home. Head lice are not the product of a dirty home, but if you develop a case of head lice, then treating the home to a ‘spring clean’ really can help to prevent the head lice from returning.
Once you have treated your home and family, that’s when you need to consider the head lice incubation period. Your first treatment will kill the lice, and remove dying lice. For the next 7 – 10 days, you should use the comb once a day on each family member to remove any remaining lice.
Inform your household about the head lice incubation period, and make sure that they are aware of head lice, and how the transmit from one host to another. Don’t let family members share any hair accessories or items, towels, bedding, pillows, etc. Be sure they adopt a similar routine at school.
After 7 – 10 days, you should have removed any adult lice that could lay fresh nits. The nits that had been laid by the previous batch of adult head lice should now have all hatched into nymphs (baby lice). It’s time to treat the entire family again, and the home, now that the head lice incubation period is complete.
Use the nit comb for three days following the second treatment. If you find adult lice during this time, then your child is getting fresh head lice from an unknown source. Identifying the source is the next important step. If you only find nymphs, then continue on with the combing. Comb daily, until you have three consecutive days of no signs of nymphs. If after the second treatment, and three days of combing you find nothing, then you have solved the problem! Understanding the head lice incubation period can greatly improve the effectiveness of your head lice removal strategies.