Head Lice Advice

According to research approximately one in ten primary school children have head lice at any one time.While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, in order to keep lice outbreaks to a minimum, parents need to check their children's hair every week as a normal part of their family's personal hygiene routine.

Although we will inform you via letter if your child's class has been affected, follow the CHECK, TREAT, COMPLETE routine below to ensure you are doing your bit to keep head lice outbreaks to a minimum.


.....your child's hair once a week.

.....use a proper detection comb - with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart to trap head lice and white in colour

    so they can easily be seen.

.....If you find live lice, consult a pharmacist for treatment advice.

.....If head lice are spotted, take a close look at all the family, including yourself and ask close family and

    friends to check as well.



.....Only treat if live lice are identified.

.....Use a clinically proven treatment.

.....Leave the treatment on for the recommended time for maximum effect - leaving it on for longer will not

    make it more effective.



.....Repeat the treatment for a second time seven days after the first to kill any lice that may hatch from

    eggs during that time, if the pack instructions specify that a second application is required.

.....Check that all head lice have gone within two to three days of the final application of head lice

    treatment to complete the process.

.....For further advice on headlice see your pharmacist or visit