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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 5 & 6

Thursday 2nd May                                       Year 5 Visit to Skegness Grammar School
Thursday 9th May                                       Professor Brainstorm Science Shows for Key Stage 2
Friday 10th May                                           Professor Brainstorm Science Shows for Key Stage 1
Week beginning Monday 13th May            SATS Week
Thursday 16th May                                      PFA Bags2School Collection
Friday 17th May                                           Foundation Stage (Reception) Visit to Hardy’s Animal Farm
                                                                6:00 p.m. PFA Chocolate Bingo
Tuesday 21st May                                       6:00 p.m. Meeting for Parents of new
Foundation Stage (Reception) children
Friday 24th May                                           Break Up for half term
  Monday 3rd June                                         Return to School
Week beginning 17th June                            Sports Week
Wednesday 19th June                                  9:30 a.m. Years 5 & 6 Sports Day and Picnic Lunch
Thursday 20th June                                   9:30 a.m. Years 3 & 4 Sports Day and Picnic Lunch
                                                                Year 5 Visit to Skegness Academy
Friday 21st June                                         1:30 p.m. Foundation Stage (Reception) Sports Day
Saturday 22nd June June Day Jaunt - Summer Fayre
Thursday 27th June                                     1:30 p.m. Year 1 & 2 Sports Day
Friday 28th June                                         M&M Productions – Treasure Island
Thursday 4th July                                       Year 2 Visit to Woodside Wildlife Park
Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th July            Year 4 Residential to Walesby Forest
Monday 8th July                                         2:15 p.m. onwards Year 2 Parents’ Drop-in
 Friday 12th July                                           2:30 p.m. Year 1 Music Festival
                                                                Reports out to Parents
Monday 15th July                                         6:00 p.m. Summer Production – We Will Rock You
Tuesday 16th July                                       6:00 p.m. Summer Production – We Will Rock You
Friday 19th July                                           11:30 a.m. Year 6 Leavers’ Service and Picnic
Break up for Summer