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49% of 7-9 year olds get head lice and nits

Head lice

Head lice: very likely to be coming to a head near you very soon

It’s nit season and your child has more than a one in three chance of getting infested our research has found. 

Yes, you might have been itching to get your children back to school, but pretty soon everyone in your household will be itching for a different reason.

Our Which? survey of 1000 UK parents discovered that 49% of 7-9 year olds have had head lice in the last two years. 

We also discovered that more than a third of 4-6 year olds have had a head lice infestation in the past two years.

Latest figures from NHS say one in three children in the UK will get head lice at some point during the year. 

Tearing your hair out trying to get rid of head lice? Find out what parents voted as the best nit and head lice treatments

How to keep head lice at bay

Head lice and nits (the eggs that glue to the hair shaft) are, unfortunately, completely common and nothing to be embarrassed about. But they do need effective treatment to get rid of them successfully. 

Desperate parents have tried blitzing them with hair straighteners, covering hair with mayonnaise or electrocuting the tiny visitors with the latest electric nit combs.You can even hire your own ‘lice assassin’ to come and vacuum out head lice from your kid’s hair if you’re too squeamish to do it yourself. 

The key to treating head lice is to start treatment as soon as any live head lice have been detected and to ensure a follow up treatment is applied about a week later, even if the product claims to kill head lice in once dose, as not all eggs may have been killed. 

16%Parents who fail to follow up head lice treatment

We found that 16% of parents fail to follow-up on their initial head lice treatment. This leaves children at risk of another infestation and then re-infesting others. 

Choosing head lice and nit treatmentsunderstand what’s on offer

How to spot head lice and nits

If you’re new to head lice and wondering what to look out for, our grim gallery may make you itch, but it’ll give you an idea on what to look out for.


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