Head lice advice

Head lice are an unfortunate part of life for many school families, so the school would like to remind all families about our advice.

We encourage all our families to please check your children for head lice weekly, and if you find any evidence please treat them before they come back to school.

The easiest way to do this is to cover the hair in (cheap) conditioner and comb it through with a Nitty Gritty comb, and to repeat this at least once a week.

If you find live head lice then you can get some lotion that will kill the lice from a chemist/pharmacist, but you must keep combing and re-treating to get rid of the babies when they hatch out as the lotion doesn’t usually kill the eggs.

Not everyone itches when they have head lice, so you can’t rely on children telling you about it, and because they are so small you may not see them until they become a big problem.

You must check everyone in the family.

As we are such a close community it is really important that we all do this to stop head lice becoming a problem.

If you need any further support you can speak to your family doctor, a chemist (pharmacist), our school nurse Sharon Hilton at her drop in here in School every Thursday morning, or give the school nurses a ring at the Ashton Community Care Centre on 01524 518947.

Advice from the NHS is available by clicking here.

Further information is also available from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx