28/09/2011 11:30 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Cost Of Nits: Thousands Of Days Off School For Children And Missed Work For Parents

Treating headlice - nits costing parents millions in time and money PA

A staggering 1.78 million kids miss 2.7 million days of school because of NITS, claims a new survey.

And even more shocking is the figure put on treating the little blighters - £23 million is said to be spent on over-the-counter and prescription nit treatments every year.

Researchers spoke to 1,000 parents with youngsters under 16 on behalf of lice treatment NYDA, and found that a third of mums and dads keep their kids off school when they have nits, whilst parents themselves are missing a whopping 2.87 million work days as they take time off to deal with the infestations!

The survey also revealed that a third of children under 16 had an average of 3.6 infestations of nits in the last year, whilst 16% of the parents surveyed said they had caught lice from their kids.

See our article on Nits: What works?

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