Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene
Head lice are most common in children in primary school aged 5-12. A head lice infestation can be passed around by innocent hugs and close play. They don’t spread by sharing hats, brushes or hair ties because head lice cannot survive more than 24 hours away from the warmth of the scalp.
Do not feel embarrassed if you find head lice in your child’s hair.
It is important for parents to communicate with the school if head lice have been located in their child’s hair. This will ensure other parents are also informed and can check their own child’s hair and treat if necessary.