One in four parents 'keep quiet' about head liceMums and dads don't tell school about child's nits
09 September 2010
Some parents aren't being honest with schools or other mums and dads when it comes to head lice, according to a new survey.
One in five mums wouldn't tell their child's school - or other parents with children in the same class - if their child had head lice.
Dads are even less likely to admit to a head lice outbreak in their home, with 29% surveyed saying they wouldn't mention it to the school or other mums and dads in the playground.
Treating head lice
We've taken a closer look at the best ways to tackle head lice in our treating head lice and nits guide.
Head lice are a rite of passage that every parent can expect their child to face at some point during their school life - and easier to catch than you might realise.
|Head lice myth buster|
|Myth or truth|| |
State of hair
Length of hair
Spread of lice
|Myth||Prefer clean hair||Prefer long hair||Jump and can spread via clothes/towels||Always means itchy scalp|
|Truth||Infect both clean and dirty hair||Infect all lengths and types of hair||Walk from head to head||Only itches if allergic to bites/faeces|
When Which? asked its members how they dealt with head lice, over-the-counter products were the most popular option, and in 59% of cases shifted the lice within three days.
The survey, conducted by head lice treatment manufacturer Lyclear, also revealed head lice was the biggest school fear for 61% of mums.
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