Headlice – Please check hair this weekend

 

Unfortunately it is not only the children that have returned to school after the Summer holidays. We have had a fairly large number of parents informing us about headlice.

The only ways to reduce the risk of lice spreading is by avoiding head-to-head contact, which is why they spread so quickly amongst children. To reduce the risk please ensure that long hair is fully tied back (ideally in plaits or full pony tails) and that your child’s hair is regularly checked at home, ideally using a detection comb.

PLEASE CAN ALL PARENTS CHECK HAIR THIS WEEKEND IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE THE NUMBERS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPERIENCING RE-INFESTATION.

Treat head lice as soon as you spot them. You should check everyone in the house and treat them on the same day if they have head lice.

Wet Combing – Lice and nits can be removed by wet combing. This method should be tried first.

This is best done with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) to remove head lice and nits.

(1) Use the comb on wet or dry hair – although it usually works best on wet hair with conditioner. (2) Comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends. (3) Repeat every few days for 2 weeks.

It usually takes about 10 minutes to comb short hair, and 20 to 30 minutes for long, frizzy or curly hair.

Ask your pharmacist for advice if you have tried wet combing for 2 weeks, but your child still has head lice or nits.