If your child does get head lice, this is not something to feel bad about, because it is estimated that 1 in 10 children suffer from head lice at any one time, with 80% of head lice infestations occurring in children between the ages of 4 and 16. (Apparently amongst older tweens and teens the problem is exacerbated by them taking selfies together!)
Identifying an infection early will make treating it far easier. It also helps prevent the spread of the head lice in the family or amongst your child’s friends at school.
If you do find an infection, then start treatment quickly. And if your child suffers from asthma, allergies or a skin condition, then take advice from your pharmacist as they are the most likely to suffer a reaction to head lice treatments.
According to pharmacist Caitriona O’Riordan you shouldn’t use head lice treatments unless you find a living, moving louse.