Head Lice and Nits

Parents / Carers

Head lice and nits are very common in young children and their families. They do not have anything to do with dirty hair and are picked up by head-to-head contact.

Check if it's head lice:


Head lice are small insects, up to 3mm long.



They can be difficult to spot in your hair.



Head lice eggs (nits) are brown or white (empty shells) and attached to the hair.

Treat head lice as soon as you spot them. You can treat head lice without seeing a GP.

Try wet combing first before using medicated lotions or sprays. Read more about spotting and treating head lice at NHS.uk. Watch the video below to learn more about wet combing.

Ask a pharmacist for advice if you have tried wet combing for 17 days, but your child still has live head lice. Find your nearest Pharmacy at NHS.uk.

Wet Combing Video

Video clip by Community Hygiene Concern


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