Nits! The four letter word every mum dreads!

The Word Bird

It’s back to school time, which means it’s NIT SEASON!

Are you itching already?! No? Well, read on.

Head lice, commonly known as “nits” or “cooties” if you’re in the USA are the most incredibly frustrating and annoying little insects, that will, at some point, be the bane of every mother’s life.

The head louse is a tiny greyish-brown insect, about 2.5mm long. These little critters cling onto hair and are usually found in the scalp. They live on the blood of their generous host – your child! The female lays eggs that are attached to hair, close to the scalp and can be very difficult to remove. The baby louse hatches after about a week and leaves a little white eggshell on the hair, which is called a “nit”.

No matter how clean your child’s hair, he or she will not escape lice. In fact the greasier and dirtier…

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