Treatments How do you get rid of head lice?

In this section you will learn:

  • About the various types of treatment available
  • What to do if treatment fails

First, don't worry. Head lice are a normal part of life and are nothing to be embarrassed, panicked or ashamed about. There are FOUR types of head lice treatment:

  • Pesticide lotions and liquids
  • Non-pesticide lotions
  • Wet combing with conditioner (Bug Busting)
  • Alternative treatments (herbal remedies etc)

Conventional pesticide-based treatments are available in pharmacies. You need to apply these treatments at least twice, a week apart, to kill the lice. However scientists do claim that many lice have developed immunity to some pesticide-based products.

Non-pesticide lotions work in a different way. They coat the outside of the lice so they suffocate and die. This means there's no chance for the lice to build up a resistance to the treatment.

Combs remove lice and nits but do take time and patience to ensure a thorough job is done. It's quite easy to miss a few and needs to be done twice a week for at least two weeks.

There are a number of herbal and other treatments available - although their effectiveness varies.

Go to your local pharmacy for information and advice on which treatment is right for you.


Shaving your child's hair as a way to prevent head lice is a complete myth. It is unnecessary and can be really upsetting for your child!

Did you know?

Research by scientists has found that 4 out of 5 lice have developed resistance to the chemicals in some pesticide treatments.

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