Spotting Headlice in Children

Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair. Nits are the empty egg cases left in the hair which head lice have hatched from. 

While lice aren't particularly dangerous and don't spread disease, they are a common problem and are contagious, itchy and annoying to experience.

Our infographic goes over some top tips for spotting head lice in your children and getting rid of any pesky infestations.

Spotting Headlice in Children - Infographic


Head lice are tiny, brown insects that like to live in your child's hair. They are not much bigger than a pinhead. Head lice cannot jump or fly, but they can crawl from one head to another.
Therefore, head lice more commonly affect children, as they tend to have more ‘head to head' contact when playing. If your child has head lice, they may be scratching behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
You should only treat for head lice if you are sure they are present. ‘Detection combing' can be used to check this:
  • Wash the hair, rinse and apply conditioner
  • Comb with a normal comb before switching to a detection comb
  • Slot the teeth of the detection comb into the hair at the roots and draw through to the tips of the hair
  • Repeat in all directions until all the hair is combed
  • Check the comb for lice after each stroke. Clean the comb with a tissue or rinse under the tap after each stroke
  • After the whole head has been combed rinse out the conditioner
  • Repeat the process to ensure no lice were missed
  • Keep wet combing your child's hair every four days for at least two weeks
  • Check the whole family 


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