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The nurse is providing home care instructions for a family with a toddler diagnosed with lice. The nurse includes which of the following instructions in the teaching plan? (Select all that apply.)

1. Immerse combs and brushes in boiling water for 30 minutes to kill lice.
2. Vacuum floor and furniture to remove hair that might have live nits.
3. Have the mother use a bright light and magnifying glass to check the hair for lice.
4. Launder the child’s bedding and clothing in hot water with detergent and dry in a hot dryer for 20 minutes.
5. Teach children to not share combs, brushes, and hats.

Explanation

Live nits can hatch up to 8 to 10 days later, so it is important to remove them from the environment. Soaking combs in a Lysol or anti-lice shampoo mixture will kill lice or nits. Dry cleaning is not necessary because home washing and drying on hot settings will be sufficient to kill lice and nits. Use of commercial sprays is not recommended. Each member of the family should be assessed so those infested can be treated. Sharing of haircare material spreads lice and should be avoided. Knowledge of the spread of lice and the home care necessary to prevent reinfestation is necessary to choose the correct answer. Identify those options that are absolutely incorrect first. Then consider the remaining options.

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Andrew
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