How do I know if someone has it?
The only reliable method of diagnosing current active infection with head lice is “detection combing”, though there may be other clues to their presence such as an itchy scalp and/or dirty pillows, due to lice droppings falling on to the pillow at night.
Is it infectious?
Yes, but the rate of transmission is low.
How to treat head lice.
Firstly, don’t panic! Most times you can make the diagnosis and start the treatment yourself, but if in doubt, or if the lice seem resistant to treatment, consult your pharmacist.
There are various proprietary, active treatments available and so called “bug-busting”.
The treatment which is most effective is permethrin 1% crème rinse, but the lice can become resistant to any of the treatments, and if a correctly applied treatment does not work, it is wise to use an alternative on the subsequent occasion. You should not use a different formulation of the same chemical.
The normal advice is to treat once, and repeat 7 days later. On each occasion it is important to make sure the application gets to all the hair, and it is worth combing through the hair with a fine tooth comb.
What should I do if my child has lice?
Please inform the nursery as soon as possible so we can let others know.
Period the child should be kept away from nursery – None, but please do treat them, as per your pharmacists / the pack instructions
However, so as to minimise the further spread of infection at nursery and the overall amount of time children spend away, we may decide to exclude children, if more cases are diagnosed. The manager on duty will make this decision.