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KEEPING YOUR CHILD HEALTHY

Nits: Top 5 Tips for Parents

1. Check for head lice and nits  

Regularly checking your child's hair will mean you can spot head lice at the very first sign and treat them effectively. How to spot nits and head lice - not sure what to look for? Head to our picture gallery to see what nits and head lice look like.

2. When to treat head lice 

Treat head lice as soon as you see a live one. Check all the family and treat anyone who has lice. And remember, if you choose to use a medicated product, use it only when you see live head lice. Do not use a medicated product as a preventative method, otherwise head lice can build up a resistance.

3. How to prevent head lice  

Repeat, repeat, repeat. Always follow up any treatment method as directed by the instructions on the product you're using. Even with treatments that are claimed to kill head lice after one application, the Department of Health suggests checking for lice again after three to five days, and again 10 to 12 days after using the treatment. This is because not all the eggs may be killed by the first application. If you choose the conditioner-and-nit-comb method, repeat this at regular intervals until all the nits and lice have gone. Regularly combing through your child's hair and checking will help prevent a re-infestation.

4. How head lice spread  

Head lice are extremely common – they're nothing to be embarrassed about. If your child has them, please tell us so we can alert other parents and ask to get their children treated as soon as possible, to help stop the spread of head lice. If you don't, you run the risk of your now lice-free child being re-infected by someone they gave the lice to.

Please see the NHS website page for more information