Please check your child’s head every week for head lice. If you are unfortunate enough to find any please treat the whole family immediately and inform us at school so we can send out discreet, no name, letters to other families. Our school nurse will be able to advise on this problem if it keeps reoccurring.
Please also inform us if your child has threadworm.
Head Lice Facts
Head lice are small insects, roughly the size of a match head when fully grown, and usually grey or brown in colour. They are difficult to detect, even under close examination and do not necessarily cause itching.
Head lice cannot fly, jump or swim, but spread by clambering from head to head. Anyone with hair can catch them, but children who put their heads together a lot at school or during play are most commonly affected.
There tends to be a peak in head lice outbreaks when children return to school in the autumn before the problem is brought under control. It is estimated that head lice affects one in ten primary school children every year.
Detection & Prevention
Look for Head Lice at the Nape of the neck
Behind the ears
Crown of head
Hair should be washed first, then plenty of conditioner applied.
Without washing off the conditioner, comb the hair from root to top tip with a detection comb.
Continue combing until no lice or eggs are found.
This may take 10 minutes (longer and thicker hair may take a longer time)
This detection should be repeated every 3-4 days, in order to check for lice and nits.
If live lice are found, your local pharmacist will be able to advise you on the many different types of lotions available.