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Head Lice Advice for Parents

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All you wanted to know about head lice and prevention

All you wanted to know about head lice and prevention

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    • Head lice advice for parents
    • Head lice basics
      • Head lice are small, wingless parasites that live on the human head, especially near the ears and neck
      • They are about the size of a sesame seed when fully grown
      • They have 6 legs ending in hooked ‘claws’
      • Head lice can’t fly, jump or swim, but can crawl very fast
      • Head lice are normally transparent , but turn brown/red when they have taken a blood meal
      • Head lice can live in short or long, or clean or dirty hair
      • Although they aren’t pleasant, they don’t carry disease
      • Head lice are a common infestation, and can be successfully treated
      Head lice basics
      • Nits are not live head lice
      • They are empty or dead head lice eggs
      • They remain attached to the hair with a kind of strong ‘glue’ deposited by the louse when laying
      • Nits can remain for weeks or even months after infection
      What are nits?
      • Head lice can infect anyone , but they are most common in children
      • Head lice are spread through head-to-head contact during:
        • playtime
        • sport
        • working together in the classroom
        • cuddles at home
      Is your family at risk?
      • A few people will get an itchy scalp
      • You might find black specks on the pillowcase (this is the waste product)
      • Some people have no symptoms at all
      • You should perform detection combing in your family if you suspect head lice or know someone who has them
      How can you tell if you have head lice?
      • Prepare by buying a good quality plastic detection comb at your local pharmacy
      • Remove tangles with an ordinary wide-toothed comb
      • Wet the hair and towel dry
      • You can use Lyclear CombAway (wet combing kit) to make combing easier
      • Divide the hair into 4 sections
      Detection combing
      • With the teeth of the plastic detection comb touching the scalp at the top of the section, pass the comb through to the ends , keeping it in contact with the scalp for as long as possible
      Easy steps to detect head lice Work on one section at a time Step 1
      • Step 2
      • After each pass of the comb, wipe it on a tissue and inspect for lice
      Easy steps to detect head lice Step 3 Repeat the process until all sections are completed - it will take 15–20 minutes to do it properly
      • If you find a live moving head louse , you have an active infestation
      • You must only use a treatment if you find a live, moving head louse
      • Nits (empty or dead eggs) may have been left by a previous infestation, but does not necessarily mean there is an active infection
      Detection combing Conclusion
      • Make sure you have plenty of light , ideally natural daylight
      • Don’t use lots of conditioner as it will make the head lice difficult to detect
      • Perform detection combing and treatment , where necessary, on all family members on the same day , in order to greatly reduce the risk of re-infection
      • Make detection combing part of a weekly routine , such as preparation for the school week on Sunday evening
      Detection combing Tips
      • Step 1 If you find live head lice, ask the school nurse or your pharmacist for advice and treatment options, or visit www.headliceadvice.net There are two types of treatments: insecticides and non-insecticides
      • Step 2 Always read the leaflet before applying a treatment
      • Step 3 Treat all infected persons of the family on the same day
      • Step 4 The NHS advises that all treatments should be applied twice, seven days apart - many people forget the second application
      What should you do next?
      • Head lice aren’t pleasant, but they are harmless
      • You can only catch them through head-to-head contact with an infested person
      • Detection combing should be carried out every week
      • If live head lice are found, buy an effective treatment and treat all infected family members at the same time
      • If no head lice are found, make sure you prevent head lice by avoiding head-to-head contact, and use Lyclear Repellent when there is a reported outbreak
      Head lice – a summary For more expert advice, visit