Experts reveal the ‘worst’ cases of lice that have plagued children for over a year and ask parents to check before schools return

EXPERTS have shared images of the worst cases of lice they’ve ever seen – as they urge parents to check their children’s heads before school starts again.

Eileen Hutchinson, founder of NitNot, said that in some cases children have been dealing with recurring infections for over a year – leaving “the whole family suffering”.

Experts have shared images of the worst lice cases they've seen - including this one, which is so bad it

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Experts have shared images of the worst lice cases they’ve seen – including this one, which is so bad it “could be dangerous”.

Sharing the above image of a horrific case, she warned: “This shows a really bad infection caused by a head lice infestation.

“It’s important to take head lice seriously, as an infection like this can be dangerous.”

Ian Burgess, Director of Medical Entomology at Insect Research and Development Limited says: “Some people only develop such violent reactions after months of infestation, some after a short time if they have had them before.”

Eileen adds: “We don’t normally see cases this bad in the clinic, especially when multiple families are seeking help for a horrific infestation that we are now dealing with over the phone and via messenger.

This family was plagued by infections for over a year

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This family was plagued by infections for over a yearCredit: NitNot
Her father even found lice crawling in his beard

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Her father even found lice crawling in his beardCredit: NitNot

“It’s unheard of. Parents struggle to deal with it themselves when it comes to this stage.

“These families have been dealing with recurrent infections for over a year and the whole family is suffering.

It’s important to take head lice seriously, as an infection like this can be dangerous

Eileen HutchinsonNitNot Founder

“I spoke to these parents and supported them with treatment, the family in Photo 1 only discovered the infestation after the father saw them crawling on his beard in the mirror.

“Thick hair covers them easily and they like to be near warm, damp scalps behind the ears and at the nape of the neck where they are difficult to see.

“People don’t realize how difficult it can be to get rid of them, they don’t think they could still have lice after treatment, but not all treatments are 100 percent effective.”

The experts are urging all parents to check for lice before schools return next week

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The experts are urging all parents to check for lice before schools return next weekCredit: NitNot
Left untreated, an infestation can quickly get out of control

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Left untreated, an infestation can quickly get out of controlCredit: NitNot
You will have to comb through section by section to look for and treat lice

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You will have to comb through section by section to look for and treat liceCredit: NitNot

Eileen says: “I would advise parents to do a thorough physical exam now before going back to school.

“Use a separate brush for each family member to avoid spread and advise children not to share the brush with friends once they are back at school.”

“Keep long hair in a bun or ponytail at the nape of your neck, children find it difficult to keep their distance even in lockdown and long hair can easily catch lice.”

Not all lice treatments are 100% effective, experts warn

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Not all lice treatments are 100% effective, experts warnCredit: NitNot

How to check for lice

Eileen says: “To check for lice, use a nit comb on wet hair – after a bath is a good time to check. Separate hair into straight line sections and use clips to secure hair in each section. Leave a section down To comb, position the lice’s teeth at the top of the hair shaft at a 16-degree angle outward.

“Gently pull the comb down the length of the hair from root to end. Wipe the nit comb on a handkerchief and look for lice, baby lice, and eggs.”

What are you looking for

  • Eggs – the brown and brown spots about 2 mm long resemble the shape of a sesame seed.
  • Lice are up to 4 mm long and light brown or brown.
  • Baby lice can be tiny and identified on the tissue as darker spots next to the eggs.
  • All red-brown spots are lice droppings.

What to do if you find lice

If you find evidence of a louse, the NHS recommends combing it. The best time to deal with an infestation like Control is after washing and conditioning the hair when it is thoroughly drenched.

As you inspect the hair and lower one section at a time, position the lice’s combing teeth at the top of the hair shaft at a 16-degree angle and gently pull the comb from the root down the length of the hair to the end .

Wipe the nit comb on a tissue and look for lice, baby lice, and eggs. You can repeat this combing section by section until the fabric is free of stains or lice.

Keep the cleaned parts away from untreated hair. After each section is combed, look for eggs and use tweezers to push the eggs down the hair shaft and off the hair.

Sterilize combs and put clips and bands in a plastic bag after washing. Do not use for at least three days.

If you use the combing method, you will need to comb every 3 to 4 days until all infestations have been removed. This can take up to a month depending on the severity of the outbreak.

NitNOT lice comb, designed for tear-free combing of all hair types and unlike traditional nit combs, also removes lice and eggs, available for £10 from Amazon.

Alternatively, you can purchase a standard lice comb, which will be sufficient to remove most lice from your local pharmacywhile lice can be pulled down and off the hair with tweezers or between the fingernails.

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Jessica MacLeish

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