Head Lice

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

The responsibility of treating and detecting head lice rests primarily with you, as parents.

Your child's school should always be sensitive about head lice and should maintain student confidentiality if a case of head lice is detected.

Your child's school will work with you to develop head lice policies and can offer support and advice on preventing and 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 on to 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: Department of Health - Head Lice