Selsdon Primary School and Nursery

Head lice Reminder

HEAD LICE

Please check your child’s hair this weekend and continue to do so on a regular basis. Head lice cause children great discomfort and embarrassment.

Which Guide on choosing head lice and nit treatments

We have some head lice combs available in the school office for no charge.  They are also widely available in chemists and supermarkets.

How to get rid of head lice and nits

Treatments to get rid of head lice are available to buy from pharmacies, supermarkets and online. You don’t usually need to see your GP.

The main treatments are:

A pharmacist can advise you about the treatments available if you’re not sure which is best for you or your child.

Make sure you carefully follow the instructions that come with the treatment you choose.

How you get head lice

Head lice are spread by direct head to head contact. They climb from one person’s hair to another’s.

Head lice:

Once detached from the hair, head lice will usually die within 12-24 hours.

Preventing head lice

It’s very difficult to prevent head lice. You may want to consider regular detection combing – for example, on a weekly basis – if you’re concerned about your children or yourself.

Lotions and sprays don’t prevent head lice and should only be used if a live louse has been found in your or your child’s hair.

Staying off work or school and washing clothing and bedding on a hot wash is unnecessary, as it’s unlikely to help prevent the spread of head lice.

Minor ailment services: Some pharmacies run a minor ailment scheme, which means they can supply medicines for certain conditions (including Head lice) on the NHS.

If your pharmacy runs a minor ailment scheme that includes eczema, for example, it means your pharmacist can supply medicines for this condition and you’ll only pay the standard prescription charge.

If you’re exempt from paying prescription charges – because you’re under 16 or over 60, for example, or you have a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) – you won’t pay for the medicine. Just ask at your local pharmacy.

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