Head lice advice  for parents
Head lice basics <ul><li>Head lice are  small, wingless parasites  that live on the human head, especially near the ears a...
<ul><li>Head lice are  normally transparent , but  turn brown/red   when they have taken a blood meal </li></ul><ul><li>He...
<ul><li>Nits are  not live head lice </li></ul><ul><li>They are  empty or dead head lice eggs </li></ul><ul><li>They remai...
<ul><li>Head lice  can infect anyone , but they are most common  in children </li></ul><ul><li>Head lice are  spread throu...
<ul><li>A few people will get an  itchy scalp </li></ul><ul><li>You might find  black specks on the pillowcase   (this is ...
<ul><li>Prepare by  buying a good quality  plastic  detection comb  at your local pharmacy </li></ul><ul><li>Remove tangle...
<ul><li>With the teeth of the  plastic detection comb  touching the scalp at the top of the section,  pass  the comb  thro...
<ul><li>Step 2 </li></ul><ul><li>After each pass of the comb, wipe it on a tissue and  inspect for lice </li></ul>Easy ste...
<ul><li>If you find a  live moving head louse , you have an  active infestation </li></ul><ul><li>You must  only use a tre...
<ul><li>Make sure you have  plenty of light , ideally natural daylight </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use lots of conditioner  as...
<ul><li>Step 1 If you find live head lice,  ask  the school nurse or your pharmacist for  advice  and  treatment  options,...
<ul><li>Head lice  aren’t pleasant, but they are  harmless </li></ul><ul><li>You can only catch them through  head-to-head...
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Head Lice Advice for Parents

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

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