When back to school time comes around, there’s a lot to consider. Making sure you have school uniform, books and stationery for your kids.

You might also be worried about your child getting head lice, that’s why we’ve put together our guide on everything you need to know.

Child and Parent removing Head Lice

What you need to know about head lice:

They are small insects up to 3mm long, which can be difficult to spot. The eggs (nits) are brown or white (empty
shells) and are attached to the hair.

Spread by head-to-head contact, they are common in young children. They make the head feel itchy and like something is moving.

The only way to be sure if someone has lice is by finding live lice, which you do by combing hair with a special fine-toothed comb. You should treat head lice as soon as you spot them and if you do, then it’s important to check everyone else in the house too.

life cycle of head lice

How to get rid of them

Wet combing

You should first of all try to remove the lice and nits by wet combing with a nit comb. To do this, wash hair with ordinary shampoo, then apply lots of conditioner. Then comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends. Repeat this on day

5, 9, and 13 to catch any that are newly hatched. Check everyone’s hair again on day 17.

Medicated lotions and sprays

If you’ve tried wet combing for 17 days, but your child still has live head lice, come in store and speak to one of our healthcare team. They will be able to recommend lotions or sprays that kill them. These products usually work within one day, but some treatments need to be repeated after a week.

LloydsPharmacy Nit Comb

LloydsPharmacy Nitcomb

For the detection and effective removal of head lice, eggs and nits

Lyclear Head Lice Repellent Spray

Lyclear Head Lice Repellent
Provides immediate and 24 hour protection

Lyclear Sensitive Treatment

Lyclear Sensitive Lotion
Gentle hair and skin treatment proven to kill head lice and eggs in 1 application

Lyclear Creme Rinse

Lyclear Cream Rinse
A 10 minute effective treatment against head lice

Hedrin 4 Lotion

Hedrin 4% Lotion
A liquid applied evenly from root to tips to kill head lice. Always read the label and ask our Pharmacist for advice.

Don’t forget, there’s no reason to keep your children off school if they have lice.

If you’re still unsure about how to treat head lice, visit your local LloydsPharmacy and speak to a member of our healthcare team.

For more advice on keeping your child healthy during school, we have more blogs on children’s health.