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Head lice are contagious and easily spread from head to head, but if your child has only just caught them, they won’t be showing any obvious symptoms.

What to look for 

Particularly common in children aged 4 to 11 years, head lice are tiny insects that live in hair.  They are dark in colour and are usually around the size of a sesame seed when fully grown.

Head lice eggs are miniscule white flecks that can easily be mistaken for dandruff, but are very difficult to remove from the hair shaft.

Signs of having head lice include: 

  • A tickling feeling or itching of the scalp - Itching isn't caused by lice biting the scalp, but by an allergy to the lice.
  • A sensation that something is moving in the hair
  • Sores on the head caused by scratching
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping (lice are more active in the dark) 

Experts advise

You can effectively treat head lice with lotions and sprays designed to kill them or by wet combing using a specially designed head lice comb.

Wet combing can be used without lotions or sprays, but it needs to be done regularly and can take a long time to do thoroughly. 

Lotions or sprays can be used as an alternative. 

Every member of the family should be checked thoroughly for head lice, not just those believed to be infected. 

If you require more information, we advise that you speak to your local pharmacist and remember even after you have busted the bugs, you still need to check again.

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