Head Lice

Dear Parents and Carers,

Some children are coming into or home from school with head lice. We can only get rid of these if you treat them at home.

It is important you 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.

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.

You can use medicated lotions and sprays that kill head lice in all types of hair. You can buy these from pharmacies, supermarkets or online.

Head lice should die within a day. Lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs.

Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice. Check the pack to see if they’re OK for you or your child and how to use them.

If lotions or sprays don’t work, speak to your pharmacist about other treatments.

Some treatments aren’t recommended because they’re unlikely to work:
•products containing permethrin
•head lice “repellents”
•electric combs for head lice
•tree and plant oil treatments, such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil herbal remedies

If you don’t want to use chemicals

You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits.

There will be instructions on the pack to follow, but typically you:
•use the comb on wet or dry hair – although it usually works best on wet hair with conditioner
•comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends
•repeat every few days for 2 weeks