New uniform – check. New shoes – check. PE kit – check. Nit comb – check??
In all the hustle and bustle of back to school week, it’s often easy to overlook that this is the peak season for head lice. Your children have no doubt had a great summer with lots of socialising and selfies. But what you may not have noticed is that they’ve picked up headlice in the process through all that head-to-head contact. And then they go back to school, reuniting with their old friends, and leaning in to look at holiday snaps on phone screens. That’s all the invitation headlice need to find a new host, the female head louse crawling 30cm per minute to move home and start depositing a fresh batch of eggs (nits).
So what can you do? 80% of conventional OTC remedies are ineffective, says Eileen Hutchinson, owner of NitNot Headlice Clinics. She gives some useful advice: “Prevention is always better than cure,” she says, “so please ask your children to refrain from head-to-head contact. Girls should wear long hair tied back in a ponytail or plait. Tell them not to share hair brushes or swimming towels. Weekly checks of your child’s hair via wet-combing using a good quality nit comb is also a good idea, starting now.”