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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