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PARENTS have been issued a warning ahead of kids returning to school after the bank holiday.

You might think your little one is immune from head lice during the long summer break, but one expert has revealed that this just isn't the case.

Speaking to The Sun, GP Dr Nisa Aslam said the holidays is actually a key time when kids most commonly transmit lice.

And as your child is due to head back to school in just a few days – it's vital you check their scalp to avoid spreading the critters around the whole class.

Dr Aslam, who is working with Puressentiel said: "On a bank holiday kids pick up lice from head to head contact from their peer group or siblings when playing either in the park, garden or on the beach.

"Sleepovers may be more common on bank holiday weekend as are sports activities, all of which provide opportunities for head lice transmission.

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"Lice start to hatch from the eggs and grow, becoming visible when school starts again."

The guru said that this can be traumatic for parents, as aPuressentiel poll recently found that more than a fifth worry about headlice at the start of the school year.

She explained: "Bank holiday falls within one of the peak seasons for headlice (August to October) so together with the activities that children do together on a holiday, the bank holiday is a key lice transmission opportunity."

It's important that if you think you child has lice, then you seek treatment straight away.

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This, Dr Aslam said, is because getting rid of the critters can take more than three days – with treatment being messy and inconvenient.

You also need to make sure you leave enough time for frequent reapplication, she added.

The NHS has not advised the use of a pesticide based treatment for some years.

Despite this more than half of parents still use them.  

Dr Aslam said that, where possible, you should try and opt for solutions that use natural ingredients.

This includes lotions that contain essential oils – as these have a pesticide like action without any nasties.

The expert added that there are a number of things parents can do to prevent little ones catching headlice.

First, she said you could use a headlice repellent spray which includes ingredient citriodiol – which wards off nasty bugs.

You should also check your little one for live headlice by using a fine tooth detection comb.

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If they do have lice, then you should check the whole house and treat anyone who has the crawlies on the same day.

Kids don't need to stay off school though and Dr Aslam added that there is no need to wash everything in sight on a hot wash.

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