While lice are nothing more than a nuisance, it is important that children are checked on a weekly basis so that head lice can be dealt with quickly and before they are allowed to spread too far. As there has been an outbreak, we suggest that you check your child’s head as soon as possible, following the simple CHECK, TREAT, COMPLETE routine below to ensure that you are doing your bit to keep head lice outbreaks to a minimum.


It is also essential that all longer hair is securely tied back to ensure minimum risk of lice transferring between children.



  • Your child’s hair at least once a week
  • Use a proper detection comb- with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart to trap head lice - they are white in colour so they can be easily seen.
  • If you find live lice, consult a pharmacist for treatment advice.
  • If head lice are spotted, take a close look at all the family, including yourself and ask close family and friends to check as well.



  • Use a clinically proven treatment, ideally with a physical mode of action to which lice are very unlikely to build up resistance.
  • Leave the treatment on for the recommended time for maximum effect- leaving it on for longer will not make it more effective.



  • Repeat the treatment for a second time seven days after the first to kill any lice that may hatch from eggs during that time - if the pack instructions specify that a second application is required.
  • Check that all head lice have gone within two to three days of the final application of treatment to complete the process.




It is probably worth checking your child for head lice weekly. The best way to check on the presence of lice, if you are not sure is to use the following regime:






Wash the hair well and towel dry. The hair should be damp not dripping.

If required apply a small amount of conditioner, including the full length of long hair.

Make sure there is good light. Daylight is best.





Comb the hair through with a normal comb first to get rid of any knots.




With a fine tooth detection comb (“nit comb”), starting from the roots of the hairs, draw the comb carefully along the complete length of the hair.

After each stroke check the comb for lice and wipe it clean.





Work systematically around the whole head of hair.

Do this for several minutes. It takes 10 to 20 minutes to do it properly for each head.

If there are head lice, you will find one or more lice on the teeth of the comb.





Head lice are little insects with moving legs. They are not much bigger than a pinhead, but may be as big as a sesame seed.

Remove any lice from the comb with a cocktail stick or finger nail onto kitchen or toilet paper.

Clean the comb under the tap when finished.




If you see empty cases stuck on the hair it does not mean that the person has lice.



Treatments should never be used ‘just in case’


Do NOT TREAT unless you are sure that you have found a LIVING, MOVING LOUSE and ONLY TREAT PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED


For further advice/information on head lice you can contact the School Nurse on 01204 463673


Alternatively, you can contact your pharmacist or visit www.onceaweektakeapeek.com


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