Head Lice in Schools
Lice In Hair at School
Two thirds of primary school children will be infected with head lice at some point.
It is not a hygiene issue as head lice thrive in clean hair.
Only 1 in 5 children will itch when they have head lice as the itchiness comes from an allergy to the saliva.
It is not a sign of neglect. On the contrary, loving families are often more prone to pass on head lice as this happens through head to head contact, e.g. cuddles, hugs and snuggling up to watch tv or read a book.
From my experience, bullying can happen when a child is known to have head lice. There are many books available explaining head lice that may help children understand it is similar to catching a cold. There are things that can be done to prevent head lice by putting hair back in pony tails or plaits, or by not sharing hats and scarves. It is almost impossible for primary children not to have head to head contact, but explaining at a level they can understand will help dispel some of the cruel myths.
Head Lice Information For Schools
Sources of information can be found on Guidance Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities
- Head Lice infestation does not require exclusion
- Head Lice do not need to be reported
National Union of Teachers Information on Head Lice:
The NUT gives information and advice on how to tackle the problem of head lice in schools, including facts about head lice and treating the problem, along with sources of further advice and assistance for teachers and parents.
The NUT information covers the following topics:
What are head lice?
How are head lice transmitted?
What are the signs of head lice infestation?
How are head lice detected?
What can schools do to prevent head lice spreading?
What can teachers do to prevent their own hair becoming infested?
Dealing with cases of repeated infestation
Further Advice and Help
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We will show you how to comb to prevent re-infestations and explain why and when to keep head lice at bay.