How to Remove Head Lice

Head lice can be an absolute nightmare. Head lice are small insects that live on the human scalp. Their diet consists of human blood and they common in children. There is a misconception that you only find lice in dirty hair. The truth is, anyone can get head lice. They like to lay eggs and reproduce rapidly. It is important to get rid of head lice as soon as you know that you or your child has them.

Children often get head lice from contact with other children with head lice, so regularly check their hair if you see them scratching or they say they can feel movement on their hair. Here are our steps to stopping head lice:


Step 1

Stop the Spread- Limit contact if you or your child has head lice until it is treated.


Step 2

Use Lice Removal Treatment- You can find lice removal treatments at your local pharmacy or supermarket. They often come in lotion, spray or foam form.


Step 3

Combe Them Out- Use a fine-tooth combe to get rid of dead lice or live lice 8-12 hours after treatment.


Step 4

Soak Your Combes- Soak all combes and brushes used in boiling water for 5-10 minutes to remove any lice that may be in the teeth.


Step 5

Don’t Shampoo- Avoid regularly shampooing hair 1-2 days after your treatment and continue to check for lice 2-3 weeks post treatment.


For more information:

We have a Parents for Life course which raises the awareness on the importance of positive parenting and strategies on how to enhance your relationship with your child through key life stages.

We have an Increasing Wellbeing and Inclusion in Early Years Settings course



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