Head Lice- HSE Parents Leaflet

Head lice infection is common in the community; the peak age for infection is 7-8 years. When two heads are touching for a minute or more, the lice climb rapidly through the hair from one head to another. They don’t jump, fly or swim and they aren’t fussy about clean or dirty hair.

The infection can cause anxiety among parents, children and teachers. This sometimes leads to inappropriate actions for example, overuse of treatments or use of treatments which are not shown to be effective.

Parents have the primary responsibility to identify and treat head lice infection in the family. The link below has user-friendly, printable information for parents.

 Keep alert and spread the word to stop the spread of lice.

Click on the links below to read /download information and poster

Head Lice – Parents leaflet

Head lice detection poster