Common Ailments

Dealing with Head Lice

Unfortunately there is no way of preventing head lice, but it can be easily managed. There are a few steps parents can take to help reduce them spreading. The earlier the head lice are detected the better.

It is estimated that one in ten children suffer from head lice at any one time with 80% of head lice infestations occurring in children between the ages of 4 and 16. The first sign that there are head lice present is usually an itchy head but older children and adults may not experience any itching.

Children of all ages are vulnerable to pesticides, especially those who suffer from asthma and allergies. Pharmacists can advise on treatments where children have asthma, a pre-existing skin condition or where treatment has failed previously.

If you have any questions about treating head lice, ask your pharmacist first!

Our Tips for Managing Head Lice

Dealing with head lice

Prevent the Spread of Head Lice

Perform Regular Checks

Check children’s heads routinely every week. Maybe designate a particular day of the week to do the check so you don’t forget.

Check the Hair When It's Wet

Wet comb the hair bit by bit with a fine comb. This makes it easier to check the hair. Use a dark coloured comb so you can see any infestations.

Tie Up Long Hair

Long hair should be tied up in a ponytail to avoid it coming into contact with other hair that might be infested.

Tell People

It is important to tell the school, contacts and friends if your child is infected. Then everyone can check and treat their own children.

How to Treat Head Lice

Only Treat Hair That Is Infected

Products used to treat head lice do not prevent the infection from occurring and should never be used as a preventative measure.

Treat Immediately

As soon as you discover lice or eggs, treat the child as soon as possible.

Follow the Instructions

Always follow the instructions on the treatment pack and any advice given by your pharmacist. Never leave the product in longer or double the dose of the product.

Repeat the Treatment

Treatment should be repeated after 7 days to kill any eggs that may have hatched in the meantime.


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