Magazine journalists visiting No 10 on Wednesday were told by Prime Minister David Cameron that his children have hair lice. “If you find you have them when you get home, I apologise,” he said. “Let me know and I’ll send you the comb and some ointment.” The Cameron’s live in the private appartments at 10 Downing Street with their three children, Nancy, 7 Arthur,4 and baby Florence 5 months.
If you are fighting an outbreak of your own, here is advice on how to treat them.
Head lice are tiny insects that live on human hair. They are about the size of a sesame seed and browny-grey in colour. They survive by biting the scalp and feeding on blood. This often causes itching.
Head lice crawl from head to head when people are in close contact, which is why there are often outbreaks in school.
If you think your child may have head lice check your child’s head. Head lice commonly hide behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
You can treat head lice by wet-combing hair with a special fine toothed comb or by using medical lotions or sprays available at pharmacies. Check everyone in the family and treat if necessary to avoid reinfection.