Head Lice

Mother & Baby

Unfortunately there is no way of preventing head lice, but it can be easily managed. There are a few steps parents can take to help reduce them spreading. The earlier the head lice are detected the better.

It is estimated that one in ten children suffer from head lice at any one time with 80% of head lice infestations occurring in children between the ages of 4 and 16. The first sign that there are head lice present is usually an itchy head but older children and adults may not experience any itching.

Tips to Help to Prevent the Spread of Head Lice

  • Perform Regular Checks

    Check children’s heads routinely every week. Maybe designate a particular day of the week to do the check so you don’t forget.
  • Check the Hair when it is Wet

    Wet comb the hair bit by bit with a fine comb. This makes it easier to check the hair. Use a dark coloured comb so you can see any infestations. 
  • Tie up Long Hair

    Long hair should be tied up in a ponytail to avoid it coming into contact with other hair that might be infested. 
  • Tell People

    It is important to tell the school, contacts and friends if your child is infected. Then everyone can check and treat their own children. 

Children of all ages are vulnerable to pesticides, especially those who suffer from asthma and allergies. Pharmacists can advise on treatments where children have asthma, a pre-existing skin condition or where treatment has failed previously.

Tips on How to Treat Head Lice

  • Only Treat Hair that is Infected

    Products used to treat head lice do not prevent the infection from occurring and should never be used as a preventative measure. 

  • Treat Immediately

    As soon as you discover lice or eggs, treat the child as soon as possible. 

  • Follow the Instructions

    Always follow the instructions on the treatment pack and any advice given . Never leave the product in longer or double the dose of the product. 

  • Repeat the Treatment

    Treatment should be repeated after 7 days to kill any eggs that may have hatched in the meantime. 

Carrigtwohill Pharmacy

If you have any questions about treating head lice, ask your local family pharmacist first.