Children are most likely to have head lice infestations because of their relative close proximity to one another in schools and the playground. They are not a cause for embarrassment nor are they a cause of unhygienic environments, but because of their highly contagious nature they simply thrive in busy close human to human places, like kids parties, sport activities and camps.
Your GP or chemist can provide you with special medicated shampoos or over-the-counter prescription medications. Creams and shampoos usually kill the lice but this may take up to a week because of the eggs hatching and causing re-infestations so it is highly recommended that you repeat treatment 7-10 days after the first treatment.
If you do not want to use medicated creams on your child’s scalp (do not use shampoos under two years old) you can completely rid lice by hand using a fine-tooth comb.
By wetting the child’s wet and conditioned hair (temporarily immobilises the lice), you can comb out all lice and eggs. Do this every few days for up to two weeks to make sure all eggs and lice have been removed.
Lice can live on bed linen, stuffed animals, hats, hair-ties, brushes etc so if you have had a recent infestation to prevent it happening again you should wash all bed linen and clothing, stuffed animals, soak hair accessories etc of the child in a very hot wash/water.
If one or more child in your house is infected you should wash all linen, vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture ( throw away hoover bag) to prevent lice coming back.