10 September 2015

Head Lice


Dear Parent or Guardian,

Unfortunately there has been an outbreak of head lice in class and your child may have caught head lice. There is no reason for alarm – head lice have nothing to do with cleanliness, in fact head lice prefer clean to dirty hair. Anyone can get head lice but it is particularly easy for young people to catch them as they spread by direct head to head contact.

Head lice can spread quickly so it is important to check every member of your family. The most common sign is moving at the back of the head or neck; so check for tiny white empty egg shells (nits) on hair near the scalp, at the back of the neck and behind the ears.

Head lice need warmth to survive so tend to lay eggs on the base of the hair, close to the warm scalp. The average infected head has about ten lice. They hatch within a week and if left unchecked or untreated, increase in number capacity. By following the steps below you can take care of the problem.

A. Treat any family member with head lice at once. Treatment for head lice comes in lotions or shampoos which are available from your local pharmacy. Creme rinses or lotions stay on the hair like a conditioner and are very effective in killing lice. Fast acting applications that are quick and easy to use and do not sting or burn are available. Your local pharmacist will suggest a suitable treatments.

B. Once you have treated and cleared head lice remember the following:

• Use a fine comb to check your child’s hair every time their hair is washed ( a free comb is provided with some head lice products)
• Encourage your child not to use other people’s combs or brushes.
• Head lice is a community problem, it is nothing to be embarrassed about. We can all help to keep the problem under control.

Tomás Hickey, Principal.