Spalding Primary Academy

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Preventing & Treating Head Lice

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.