By Alex Brooks Kidspot
Any parent who has dealt with head lice and nits knows how annoying this problem can be - and most parents with children attending schools or group settings are likely to encounter it at some point.
Queensland research has shown that head lice are becoming resistant to certain treatments and Harvard University research says phobia about head lice amongst parents might be contributing to head lice resistance.
Head lice is caused by a nearly invisible insect called Pediculus humanus capitis. The six-legged tiny critter is rarely seen and parents usually become aware of the infestation by finding the white eggs or nits in their child’s hair near the scalp.
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