Possible Head Lice Case At School

There has been a possible case of head lice within the school.

Finding head lice

Some people who have a head lice infestation do not itch. It is possible to have head lice and not feel the need to scratch your head. This means that absence of itch is not a reliable sign that you do not have head lice.

If you suspect someone might have been exposed to head lice you will need to closely inspect that person’s hair and scalp.

So what are you looking for? Head lice eggs are oval, and the size of a pinhead. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft and cannot be brushed off. (A live egg will make a ‘pop’ sound if you crush it between your fingernails.)

According to the Public Health and Well being Regulations 2009, children with untreated head lice are not permitted to attend school or children’s service centres. However, once treatment has started, they may attend, even if there are still some eggs present


Treatment

Head lice treatments can be purchased from large supermarkets or pharmacies.  In addition, smothering the head in cheap conditioner and combing through with a head lice brush will comb out any eggs sitting on the hair follicles.

Please take care to check your child’s hair to prevent the spreading of lice.