Head Lice Treatment and Prevention

Head lice are a very common problem amongst school-aged children. Dr Ranj Singh discusses how to get rid of them.

Head Lice Treatment and Prevention

Head lice are a common problem amongst school-aged children. Even though they’re pretty harmless, they can be irritating and do take a long time to get rid of. They can be extremely itchy as the child’s skin reacts to the waste products produced by the lice.

Headlice are not a sign of poor hygiene as they will live on clean or dirty hair, and are easily passed from one child to another by close contact. Contrary to popular belief, they can’t jump, swim or fly. The lice will lay eggs and attach them to the hair – these are called nits. Eventually these will hatch into new lice.

Treating headlice must be done properly and takes time. There are a number of treatments available from your Pharmacist, but currently the most effective are ones containing a chemical called dimeticone. This drowns and suffocates the lice and and they can’t become resistant. Multiple treatments are often necessary and in addition, wet combing the hair several times a week is also advised.

Voice: Dr Ranj Singh