Lice, nits, eggs – if your child's starting nursery or school you need to be prepared to face them! We explain how to recognise them and how to get rid of that itchy head.
Head lice and nits
Head lice and nits are two words often used interchangeably but they are actually two different things. Head lice are itchy little insects that live on the head and in the hair. Nits are actually the head lice eggs, which stick to the hair near the scalp and can be difficult to see. Even if you kill the lice, the nits that are nestled in the hair will lead to re-infection if they are not killed or removed.
How do children catch head lice?
Unfortunately, head lice are highly infectious and because of the way children play closely together at nursery and school, they are very prone to catching the horrible little critters! It is less common for adults to catch head lice as they generally have more personal space but it’s certainly not because the lice don’t like your hair. So be warned if your children do catch them, you’re not immune!
Head lice treatments include pesticides, non-chemical solutions, combing, homeopathic & household remedies as well as prevention.
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