Immediate Action Advise
Regrettably, we have had reports of head lice in children attending school. With this in mind we remind parents of the recommended procedures and treatment for dealing with this issue.
Firstly, please do let us know if you find your child has head lice. We appreciate that head lice may never be eradicated and that no stigma should be attached to those who have had them, indeed, notifying us is an act of responsibility and much appreciated by all those wishing to help in our Bugbuster Campaign
We do hope that all parents now carry out the following instructions so that this outbreak is contained as soon as possible.
- Wash the hair in the normal way with an ordinary shampoo
- Using lots of hair conditioner and while the hair is very wet, comb through the hair from the roots with a fine tooth comb. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with every stroke and do this over a pale surface, such as a paper towel or the bath
- Check and clear the comb of lice, if found, between each stroke
- Wet lice find it difficult to escape, and hair that is slippery from conditioner makes it hard for them to keep a grip – so removal with the comb is easier.
- Repeat the above procedure every 4 days for a fortnight and from then on at least weekly.
- In addition to the above, continue to dry comb and brush the hair thoroughly every day throughout the treatment and thereafter.
If your child has long hair, it may be prudent to keep this tied up until the outbreak has passed.
The above practice is promoted by the School Nurse and Local Healh Team