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A natural way to protect your kids from head lice this spring

by , 11 September 2013

While the arrival of spring may make you want to break out in song, there's another more sinister breakout you should be worried about: Head lice! And while head lice don't discriminate - they're at home in the hair of adults and children alike - it's something you'll need to deal with as your kids get more active at school over the next few months. Here's what you need to know about head lice and a surprising natural remedy you can use to kill them.

Head lice are sesame-seed-sized insects that make their home in your hair and all but refuse to leave.

Contrary to popular belief, they don’t discriminate between human hosts that are bathed or unbathed, clean or dirty, explains healthyliving.msn.com. Anyone can get head lice. But since spring means your kids are playing more sports and potentially sharing head gear like caps, school going kids are more likely to get them, adds Amy Leo on the Barista Kids website.

It can be mortifying if your child’s friends learn he has lice. Don’t let this happen to your child!  Use this natural remedy to stop lice in their tracks as soon as you discover they’re there! 

Two common kitchen cupboard ingredients that kill head lice in just one wash...

Unlike chemical treatments you’ll get from your doctor or pharmacy, washing your child’s hair in mayonnaise and vinegar can kill head lice in just one wash, explains Health Bytes.

And you don’t have to repeat this treatment for seven days like you do for shop-bought products. Simply:

  • Smother your child’s hair with mayonnaise.
  • Work the mayonnaise into the roots until they’re extremely greasy.
  • Then wrap your child’s hair tightly inside a shower cap.
  • Leave for two hours to guarantee 100% effectiveness.
  • Now wash the hair with your regular shampoo.
  • Then rinse with white vinegar to remove the lice.

And do you know the best part? Since lice are becoming increasingly resistant to the chemicals found in popular anti-lice products, reports headlice.org, this natural remedy won’t expose your child to harmful chemicals that do nothing to fix the problem.

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