When battling a head lice infestation, it feels as though it might go on forever! Getting rid of head lice can certainly be a chore, but it definitely does not have to last forever. How long it takes to get rid of a head lice infestation can be subject to a number of factors, some of which include:
The number of family members who are infested -Each family member infested increases the time to treat and clean personal care items.
The type of treatment being used -Does your head lice treatment kill nits (head lice eggs) too? If not, you will need to nit comb, which can take several hours per person depending on hair length and thickness.
How thoroughly the home was cleaned after the infestation -If items infested with lice or nits are missed during the cleaning process, it is possible they could cause reinfestation.
If lice is spreading around school or daycare -Some schools do not have ‘No Nit Policies’; meaning, children are often allowed back in school even if nits are present in the hair. Learn more about school lice policies, here.
While most of these items are in your control, unfortunately you cannot govern how, or if other families from your children’s school or care facilities are handling head lice infestations in their homes. We recommend keeping an open dialog with administrators and notifying them if your child becomes infested with head lice. While the topic can be uncomfortable, in the end, approaching the issue head on and having open communication can help end the vicious cycle of head lice. While it may feel like head lice infestation can last forever, it will eventually end, we promise! Check out our resources for head lice treatment, general lice information, and images & video - we’ve compiled everything you never wanted to know about lice!