As with many other social situations where children play closely together, it is likely in school for head lice to transfer from child to child.  Remember, head lice actually prefer clean hair, so the possibility of infection is absolutely no reflection on a family’s standard of hygiene.  If your child is seen to have head lice the school will expect them to be collected and the infection treated before returning to school. If you require any advice or support please ask the office.


A special, leave-in conditioning spray clinically proven to protect against infestations is available in pharmacies. The product, which contains the non-pesticide 1% octanediol, works by breaking the life-cycle of the head lice and preventing further breeding and migrating. There are various home remedies that parents claim can repel head lice and prevent infestation, but evidence to support how effective they are is very limited. Speak to your local pharmacy for more information. We recommend at least weekly combing with a good quality metal nit comb.

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Please find below some helpful advice to follow if anyone in your family is infected:


  • 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 be easily 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, ideally with a mode of action to which lice are very unlikely to build up resistance.
  • 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.
  • After treating for head lice, the eggs can be a major problem for parents. Despite what a lot of people think, it’s these eggs that are called nits. Not head lice. Due to the strong bond with the hair, nits can be very difficult to remove without causing hair to break. There is now a gel-based product carrying lubricant oil, which chemically loosens the bond between the egg and the hair, allowing the egg to slide off easily using a comb.

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