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Head Lice

9th May 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There has been a case of head lice in the Inters and we would therefore advise you to keep a check on your daughter’s hair.

As it is easier to detect lice and nits when hair is wet, please ‘wet comb’ weekly using a fine toothed comb and lots of conditioner on wet hair. This should be done even if you think your daughter is free of lice.

If nits (eggs) or lice are found, then please ‘wet comb’ daily for two weeks (as above). This should be combined with a chemical treatment. If you are uncertain about what to use, please ask the pharmacist for advice. The treatments will usually kill some but not all of the lice, so wet combing in addition is essential. The long duration of ‘wet combing’ is because lice lay eggs and eggs are hard to get out by combing. The life cycle of lice is 7-14 days, so if your daughter is louse-free for 14 days then you can be confident they have gone.

Lice become resistant to chemicals, so it is important to use the recommended treatments carefully and to ensure you leave the solution on the hair for the required contact time. Do not use these treatments as a precautionary measure, only if there is evidence of infestation.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Anna Frame
Junior Housemistress