Head Lice

Please click on the link below for advice on treating Head Lice

HEAD LICE

 

Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair. Nits are the empty egg cases attached to hair that head lice hatch from. Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11.

They're largely harmless, but can live in the hair for a long time if not treated and can be irritating and frustrating to deal with. Children should not stay off school if they have head lice.  Please continue to treat their hair and to send them into school as time off to trat head lice is not authorised.   If your child has long hair, it should be tied up for school to minimise the spread of head lice.  Thank you for your help in this matter.

 

For information on

  • How you get head lice
  • Spotting head lice
  • Getting rid of head lice and
  • Prevention

 

Please go to http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx or we are happy to make an appointment for the school nurse to talk with you.

 

BUG BUSTING

Bug Busting is a head louse detection and eradication method that is by far the best way to deal with head lice. Instead of relying on products containing neuro-toxic pesticides or other expensive ingredients, Bug Busting works by using specially designed combs with your usual shampoo and conditioner.  We take part in the National Bug Busting Day which is a day for every school to take part to find all the head lice and zap them in one fell swoop.  This stops them from circulating endlessly.

 

Each year we provide every child with a specially designed Bug Busting comb that they bring home usually on the last Friday before we break up for the February half term.  The spacing between the teeth is narrow enough to trap the smallest lice but wide enough to pass easily through the hair. The teeth of the comb slip between the hair roots at the correct angle and slide naturally under the lice which live near the scalp for food and warmth.  Each comb comes with full, easy-to-follow instructions on using them with ordinary shampoo and conditioner.  No specialist treatment is required.

 

To help eradicate head lice, we strongly urge all our families to take part in the Bug Busting day each year.