Head Lice

Head lice infection can be a sensitive issue for children and parents and can be difficult to manage.

Responsibility for treating and detecting head lice rests mainly with you, as parents.

Your child’s child care or kindergarten should always be sensitive about head lice and should maintain student confidentiality if a case of head lice is detected.

Your child’s child care or kindergarten will work with y​ou to develop head lice policies and can offer support and advice on minimising the impact of head lice outbreaks.

There is no way to prevent head lice so it’s important to check your child's hair regularly even when you don’t think they have head lice.

Using conditioner is a cheap and effective way to help find head lice in your child’s hair. Conditioner doesn’t kill head lice, but it stuns them for about 20 minutes, so they cannot move around or hang onto the hair. This method gives you time to comb through the hair with a lice comb and determine if your child has head lice and begin a treatment method as soon as possible if they are detected.

The Department of Health website includes information for parents about head lice, including a fact sheet about treating and controlling infections and a list of frequently asked questions, see: Resources for Parents