Our school nurse, Lizzie Smith , has asked parents to check your child’s head for head lice. We have had a few cases throughout the school and it spreads easily between children. Any cases of lice can be treated easily and your child can return to school if treatment is taking place.
Detecting head lice
It’s difficult to identify head lice simply by inspecting your child’s head. Detection combing is a more reliable method.
Detection combing can be carried out on dry or wet hair. Less preparation is needed to comb dry hair, but wet combing is more accurate because lice remain motionless when wet.
You’ll need to use a special fine-toothed detection comb that you can buy from your local pharmacy. The comb has a tooth spacing of 0.2-0.3mm to trap the smallest lice.
Nit combs aren’t suitable for louse detection because the teeth are too close together. Lice can get trapped between the teeth and remain unseen.
Please click the picture to visit the NHS head lice page.