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Headlice, Threadworms and Ticks

Although not an illness, headlice and threadworms are very common and can be a worry for parents.

School children working at their desks

If your child has headlice it is important to check the whole family by wet combing. Children can attend school with headlice however they must be being treated to stop it spreading. It is important for families to get into a routine of checking the whole family’s hair regularly. NHS Choices offers useful information about headlice. We also have an information guide for parents.  

If your child has threadworm please start treatment as soon as possible, however they are able to continue to attend school. A pharmacist will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment for your family, or you may wish to discuss this with your GP.

You will need to take additional hygiene measures at home to prevent it spreading and to reduce the chance of reinfection. NHS Choices offers useful information about threadworm. Please inform your child’s class teacher so that they are also able to take additional hygiene measures in school.

Tick bites and Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks can be found in some heath and woodland areas. They feed off of the blood from mammals to survive. Tick bites often go unnoticed and the tick can remain feeding for several days before dropping off. The longer the tick is in place, the higher the risk of it passing on the infection. NHS Choices offers useful information on how to reduce the risk of infection 

Information for schools

Download the Public Health England Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings

Information for parents 

Read about ticks and your health - Information about tick bite risks and prevention

Useful websites

Department of Health - Headlice information leaflet

New Forest District Council Tick bite and Lyme disease leaflet