Head Lice

Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair. Nits are the empty egg cases attached to hair that head lice hatch from.

Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11.

They're largely harmless, but can live in the hair for a long time if not treated and can be irritating and frustrating to deal with.

The only way to tackle this problem is for all parents to be vigilant, check their children’s hair regularly and keep on top of the eggs by wet combing the child’s hair to remove them.

If your child has living head lice, lotion can be obtained on prescription from your GP, - this will be free of charge to children. Alternatively, a Bug Busting kit can be ordered online at www.nits.net/bugbusting or by ringing 01908 561928. Your community nurse or GP may be able to prescribe a free kit for a child. 

Further information on the prevention, detection and treatment of head lice can be found on the NHS choices website on the link below

NHS Choices - Head Lice