How to Treat Head Lice in Children

Head lice affect around one in every three children in the UK and is especially common during the school term. Children are the main carriers and cases of head lice are the most frequent among those that are between 3 and 12 years old. Although lice aren’t particularly dangerous and do not spread disease, they are still most definitely a nuisance and can be easily spread. Many children can experience itchiness as a symptom and besides, who likes the idea of small insects living on their child’s head?

How to know if your children have head lice

The only danger that your kids can face from lice is the itching which can range from mild to irritating, causing excessive scratching that can lead to bacterial infections. If your child is constantly scratching their head and is complaining of an itch, you should check them for lice as soon as possible.
Head lice are very small, but not small enough to remain undetectable by the human eye. You may be able to spot them by parting your child’s hair and looking for evidence with a fine-tooth comb. Using tools such as a microscope and bright light may also help, but the best way is to use a special detection comb (available at any normal pharmacy) to have the best chance of finding them. For more information, read more about the wet and dry hair checking methods.

Why head lice spread so easily amongst children

Head lice are highly spreadable among children because they are so often in close proximity to each other. At schools, play centres and other such areas, kids often play with each other and will therefore be able to spread head lice quite easily. Although lice cannot jump or fly, seemingly innocent actions such as sharing hats, scarves or other items of clothing can carry lice from one head to another so it’s important to teach your kids about lice and how easily they can spread.