If you find head lice or nits in your child's hair please read the following advice:
What are head lice?
- Head lice are tiny, harmless insects that are around the size of a sesame seed.
- They live in hair close to the scalp because they need to keep warm and stay alive.
- Three million people are affected every year.
The Myths Explained
- Head lice can't swim, jump or fly. They simply walk from one head to another, so they can only spread through close, prolonged contact.
- Head lice are not just for kids!
- Not everyone who gets head lice will itch.
- Animals cannot catch or pass on head lice.
- Keeping hair short will not help, head lice do not care how long hair is. However, keeping hair tied back may prevent the lice from spreading.
- There is no need to keep your child away from school if they catch head lice but please let the school know so we can make sure parents of children that have been in contact are told.
- Make a regular head check part of your family routine - you could do it on a Sunday night, or on a Friday so you can treat them over the weekend
- It is easier to spot white eggs and dark lice against a pale grey coloured comb.
- If you find head lice on a child, check the whole family as they are no respecters or age or authority!
- Head lice don't always make you itch, especially when they are still eggs, so regular checks are essential.
- You can't get rid of head lice with normal shampoo - they can survive underwater for hours.
- The best way to get rid of head lice is a fast acting treatment. It only takes a short amount of time and is very quick and easy to apply.
- Repeat the treatment after seven days to make sure that yo break the life cycle of the louse and kill off any newly hatched lice.
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