Tackling head lice is not a school's responsibility, but by taking some simple steps to educate our parents and carers we can have a big impact on outbreak prevention.
The Facts of Lice
- Lice are wingless insects, living and feeding on the blood from the scalp.
- Nits are actually the empty egg cases left on the hair after the lice have hatched.
- Adult lice can live for as long as a month, with females laying several eggs a day. Research indicates that one untreated female louse can lead to an infestation of 1,000 head lice in just a month.
- Lice can only spread by head to head contact.
- The best known symptom of head lice is the itching, but only 30 per cent are aware of it. It can be uncomfortable, affect sleep and even affect a child's confidence.
- Lice have no preference to clean or dirty hair and can only survive on human heads. They can't live on bedding, clothes or pets.
Use this link to access NHS advice about preventing and treating head lice.