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.

Check if it’s head lice

How to get rid of head lice

You can’t prevent head lice

There’s nothing you can do to prevent head lice. You can reduce the risk of lice spreading by avoiding head-to-head contact.

Don’t use medicated lotions and sprays to prevent head lice. This can irritate the scalp.

There’s no need for children to stay off school, or to wash laundry on a hot wash.

Read medical detail about head lice.