Head Lice Advice

 

Please check your child’s hair and keep checking regularly. The use of a detection comb, which can be purchased from most chemists, will help you to find any lice.

If your child has head lice, please treat him/her straight away with the following method, and please inform the School Office and anyone who may have had head-to head contact with your child.

‘Wet Combing’ Method

Head lice may be cleared over a two week period by the following method:

  • Wash the hair in the normal way with an ordinary shampoo;
  • Using lots of hair conditioner and while the hair is very wet, comb through the hair from the roots with a fine tooth comb. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with every stroke, and to do this over a pale surface, such as a paper towel or the bath;
  • Clear the comb of lice between each stroke;
  • Wet lice find it difficult to escape, and hair which is slippery from conditioner make it hard for them to keep a grip – so removal with the comb is easier;
  • If you find any lice, then repeat this routine every 3 – 4 days for 2 weeks, so that any lice emerging from eggs are removed before they can spread.

Remember

  • Regular brushing and combing of hair with a detection comb prevents a louse from laying more eggs (nits)
  • Inspect the hair of everyone in the family once a week.

Help break the stigma of head lice by informing relatives, friends and the school. This will also help to control the spread of the lice.

Headlice Advice Letter