Health Information

Information for Parents on Head Lice

Head lice are parasitic insects called Pediculus Humanus Capitis. They only live on the heads of people.

There are 3 forms of head lice: nits, nymphs and adults.

  • Nits are head lice eggs. The oval, yellowy white eggs are hard to see and may be confused with dandruff. They attach themselves to the hair shaft, and take about a week to hatch. The eggs remain after hatching, and many nits are empty egg cases.

  • Nymphs hatch from the nits. The baby lice look like the adults, but are smaller. They take about 7 days to mature to adults, and feed on blood to survive.

  • Adults are about the size of a sesame seed, have 6 legs, and are tan to greyish-white. The legs have hook-like claws to hold onto the hair with. Adults can live up to 30 days and feed on blood.

Transmission - Anyone can catch head lice, but preschool children, primary school children and their families are most at risk. Head lice are spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact.

Treatment - Treat head lice as soon as you spot them. You should check everyone in the house and treat them on the same day if they have head lice. You can use medicated lotions and sprays that kill head lice in all types of hair. You can buy these from pharmacies, supermarkets or online. Head lice should die within a day. Lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs. Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice. Check the pack to see if they're OK for you or your child and how to use them. If lotions or sprays don't work, speak to your pharmacist about other treatments. You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits.

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.

Attending School - There's no need for children to stay off school and any absence due to head lice will not be authorised. We are happy for children to attend school with lotion in their hair and we strongly recommend that long hair is tied back at all times to reduce the risk of spreading.

Contact the School

Leighton Academy

Principal - Mrs Joanna Young
Deputy - Mrs Samantha Thompson
Leighton Academy
Minshull New Road, Crewe
CW1 3PP

Principal email address -
principal@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk

Deputy email address -
deputy@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk

Contacts for Information -
Mrs T German - Business Manager
Miss J Morris - Bursar
Mrs H Holding - Admin Officer
Mrs D O'Reilly - Admin Assistant

Senco -
Mr N Jones -
jonesn@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk
Mrs L Schofield -
schofieldl@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk

Pastoral & Welfare Manager -
Miss Z Dyer - dyerz@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk

Tel: 01270 814016
admin@leighton.cheshire.sch.uk