New Campaign to help parents combat Head Lice

Together we can help parents win the bug battle!

Head lice are live insects. Their empty eggs are called nits. Lice are wingless insects that hold on to the hair, feeding from the blood in the scalp. They spread through head-to-head contact but contrary to common belief, they do not jump. Adult females live for up to a month and lay around five eggs a day.

Head lice are seen as an established part of school life - as children spend so much time playing and learning together, it is very easy for them to spread.

Lice spread when heads come in contact so sleepovers, after-school activities, playing with friends and visiting family are also common places for children, and adults, to pick them up and pass them on.

Best Practice Advice: 3 easy steps

1. CHECK -check children's hair at least once a week; use a proper detection comb; if live lice found consult a pharmacist; if head lice spotted take a close look at all the family.

2. TREAT - only treat if live lice are found; use a clinically proven treatment; leave treatment in for the recommended time.

3. COMPLETE - repeat the treatment for a second time seven days after the first to kill any lice that may have hatched after the last treatment; check that all head lice have gone about a week after the final application to complete process. 

There are pesticide, non-pesticide, combing and alternative treatments on the market. Your pharmacist will be able to help you work out which is best for you and your family

Also see Getting down to the Nitty Gritty 

A new campaign has launched called Once a Week take a Peek -   - an educational website to help parents check their children's hair regularly as a normal part of their family's personal hygiene routine. 

This initiative provides free, instructional leaftets and advice for parents at every stage of the process. 

7 Key Head Lice Facts: Head lice are common among young children and their families; Head lice don’t spread disease; Head lice can be spread from adults to children and back again; There’s nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about

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