As any parent who has experienced it will know only too well, finding lice in your child’s hair can be a tad traumatising for both you and your little one. With that in mind, we apologise for what we’re about to tell you.
It seems like we could have a big problem on our hands over the coming months, with US research revealing that many populations of head lice have mutated to become resilient to treatments.
According to a study carried out by researchers at Southern Illinois University, using the same chemical time and time again for years has caused certain species of head lice to develop a resistance to many over-the-counter treatments. And what is worse; our warm, damp summer weather is creating the perfect breeding ground for these tormenters.
Study author Dr Kyong Yoon said: “What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids.” (Pyrethroids are the pesticides used to control pests including head lice.)
In response to the research, leading experts have warned parents off using ‘dangerous’ alternatives to treat head lice.
If your child has lice, and you can’t seem to tackle to problem with over-the-counter treatment, go and see your doctor.
Alternatively, you could try this new natural treatment available nationwide thanks to The Hair Experts.
This new treatment involves no nasty chemicals or the bad smells that go along with them. The unique vacuum comb system offers a totally natural approach to getting rid of those nasty bugs.
And with a follow up appointment a week after the treatment, you can be assured the head lice are gone.