Head lice and nits
Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don't have anything to do with dirty hair and are usually picked up from head-to-head contact.
Head lice can make your head feel itchy or like something is moving in your hair.
The only way to be sure someone has head lice is by finding live lice or eggs.
You can do this by combing their hair with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb). You can buy these online or at pharmacies.
You may not always need to see a GP to treat head lice - visit your local pharmacy for more free advice and over-the-counter treatments.
For more information on Head lice and nits, please see:
Patient information leaflet(s), display poster(s), and resources:
- NHS The prevention and treatment of Head lice (display poster)
- NHS website - Head lice and nits (online information)
- Patient info - Head lice and nits (online information)
- Head lice and nits self-care information (August 2018 | ppt)