Head Lice are a common problem in school aged children. They can’t be prevented, but regular checking ensures early detection and treatment if necessary. Parents and carers should check their children’s head once a week during hair washing using your usual shampoo, conditioner, and a detection comb – ask your local pharmacist to recommend a suitable one. Remember that you are looking for living moving lice – the only evidence that your child is infected.
If you find a living louse, ask your local pharmacist, school nurse, health visitor or GP for advice regarding treatment.
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Parents should advise the school of all cases of ‘head lice’ and pupils should not be returned to school until their hair has been treated (confidentiality is retained).