What can I do to tackle head lice?
•Check your child’s hair regularly (once or twice a month) usingthe detection method (above).•Tell your child to avoid sharing other people’s combs or brushes.
If you ﬁnd living lice in one person check every head in your family and treatthem in the same way.
Treating head lice
If you ﬁnd
(not nits) there are several treatment options that you can choosefrom. Remember – treatment should
be used if live lice are detected.
Lotions and liquids containing insecticides
There are several insecticide treatments available from your pharmacy. It is important toask your pharmacist for advice on the best lotion to use as some insecticide treatmentsmay be unsuitable for some people (like pregnant women, babies or people withasthma). Treat all members of the family who have live head lice, at the same time,with a suitable treatment. Remember there is no need to treat the empty lice shells(nits) – only live lice.These treatments cannot stop your child from catching head lice and may not kill louseeggs so it is important to check for baby lice 5 to 12 days after application using thedetection method. If you do ﬁnd them you will need to try a different treatment orspeak to a pharmacist, nurse, health visitor or GP who can advise you.
Wet combing/bug busting
This removes lice by combing through the hair from the roots to the ends with a speciallouse detection comb (which picks up the smallest lice) and doesn’t involve usingchemicals. A ‘Bug Buster Kit’, which contains the right combs and instructions, isavailable to buy from your pharmacy or you can get it on prescription from a GP, healthvisitor or nurse. You can also order the kit online from Community Hygiene Concern at
or by calling the Bug Buster Helpline on 020 7686 4321.All kits are sent out within 24 hours.