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Head lice and nits are very common in young children and their families. They don't have anything to do with dirty hair and are picked up by head-to-head contact.
Check if it's head lice
Head lice are small insects, up to 3mm long, and can be difficult to spot
Head lice eggs (nits) are brown or white (empty shells) and attached to the hair
Head lice can make your head feel:
  • itchy
  • like something is moving in your hair
The only way to be sure someone has head lice is by finding live lice.
You can do this by combing their hair with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb). You can buy these online or at pharmacies.
How to get rid of head lice
You can treat head lice without seeing a GP.
Treat head lice as soon as you spot them.
You should check everyone in the house and start treating anyone who has head lice on the same day.
There's no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.
Wet combing
Lice and nits can be removed by wet combing. You should try this method first.
You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits.
There may be instructions on the pack, but usually you:
  • wash hair with ordinary shampoo
  • apply lots of conditioner (any conditioner will do)
  • comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends
It usually takes about 10 minutes to comb short hair, and 20 to 30 minutes for long, frizzy or curly hair.
Do wet combing on days 1, 5, 9 and 13 to catch any newly hatched head lice. Check again that everyone's hair is free of lice on day 17.
For more information about wet combing, see the Community Hygiene Concern website.
 Medicated lotions and sprays
Ask your pharmacist for advice if you have tried wet combing for 17 days, but your child still has live head lice.
They may recommend using medicated lotions and sprays. These kill head lice in all types of hair, and you can buy them from pharmacies, supermarkets or online.
Head lice should die within a day. Some lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs.
Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.
Check the pack to see if they're OK for you or your child and how to use them.
If lotions or sprays don't work, speak to your pharmacist about other treatments.
Some treatments aren't recommended because they're unlikely to work.
For example:
  • products containing permethrin
  • head lice "repellents"
  • electric combs for head lice
  • tree and plant oil treatments, such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil herbal remedies
You can't prevent head lice
There's nothing you can do to prevent head lice.
You can help stop them spreading by wet or dry combing regularly to catch them early.
Do not use medicated lotions and sprays to prevent head lice. They can irritate the scalp.
There's no need for children to stay off school or to wash laundry on a hot wash.

Important Dates - Terms 3 and 4

Tuesday 22nd January                       Year 2 – Christopher Columbus Day by One Day Creative
Wednesday 30th January                    Year 4 Theatre Trip to Grimsby to see Madagascar
Friday 8th February                           Year 1 Superhero Dress-Up Day
Thursday 14th February                     Foundation Stage Puppet Making Workshop for Parents a.m.
Friday 15th February                         Break Up for half term

Monday 25th February                       Return to School
Monday 4th March                             Year 2 Pirate Dress-Up Day
Thursday 7th March                           Year 3 Theatre Trip to Grimsby to see Horrible Histories
Friday 8th March                               Year 1 Florence Nightingale Dress-Up Experience Day
                                                              Year 5 Pilgrim Fathers’ Drama Project by One Day Creative
Monday 18th March                           Year 2 Trip to National Space Centre
Wednesday 20th March                      Year 5 Residential Trip to Kingswood in Cromer
Friday 22nd March                                                                                                            
Tuesday 26th March                          Year 2 Visit to St Matthew’s Church
Friday 29th March                             Year 5 Presentation to Parents 2:30 p.m
Tuesday 2nd April                              Year 1 & 2 Easter Craft Morning for Parents 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday 3rd April                          Year 6 Victorian Presentation for Parents 2:00 p.m.
Thursday 4th April                            Year 3 Presentation for Parents 2:30 p.m.
                                                     One Night Only – An evening of Musical Entertainment 6:00 p.m.

Friday 5th April                                 Year 4 Easter Egg Hunt p.m        
                                                     Break Up
Tuesday 23rd April                            Return to School