Head lice infection is common in the community; the peak age for infection is 7-8 years. When two heads are touching for a minute or more, the lice climb rapidly through the hair from one head to another. They don’t jump, fly or swim and they aren't fussy about clean or dirty hair.
The infection can cause anxiety among parents, children and teachers. This sometimes leads to inappropriate actions for example, overuse of treatments or use of treatments which are not shown to be effective.
Parents have the primary responsibility to identify and treat head lice infection in the family. However, parents need to be supported with clear and consistent information by health and education professionals. The link below has user-friendly, printable information for parents, teachers, Early Years service providers, nurses, doctors and other health workers.
Keep alert and spread the word to stop the spread of lice.
Click on the links below to read /download information and poster
Guideline for the control of Head Lice infection in children
Once a week check tips for parents leaflet
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