Scared Moms Across America Seek Non-Toxic Remedies to Rid of Head Lice

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"Super lice" have already invaded classrooms across America, and families are facing pesky infestations that are hard to rid of. Lice have become resistant to the traditional over-the-counter insecticides commonly used to treat scratching heads. But, New York mom to three, Melissa Gordon, has come up with a natural, pesticide-free solution that zaps these creepy crawlers into oblivion.

"Super lice"--the new breed of bullies--has invaded the schoolroom rather quickly this year, and for parents across the country, these persistent and insecticide-resistant little buggers are turning more into a pain in the neck. However, New York mom to three, Melissa Gordon, has come up with a natural, pesticide-free solution that zaps these creepy crawlers into oblivion.

Gordon, founder and president of Happyheads™ Services and creator of Happyheads™ Bye-Bye Lice™ nontoxic family kit (http://www.happyheadsproducts.com), also provides private in home head lice & nit removal service to families in Westchester County, NY. On the first day of school, Gordon was inundated with calls from panicky parents whose children were sent home from school with scratching heads. Many of the children contracted the vermin at summer camp, and parents hadn't noticed until those fateful phone-calls.

Gordon noted that many of the parents had tried the traditional over-the-counter insecticides commonly used, which didn't work, leaving them frustrated and desperate to try something new.

"Parents should be aware of the important factors in fighting head lice," says Gordon. "First, over-the counter pesticides designed to kill lice and nits are TOXIC. Parents should think twice before using them on their children. Secondly, if you do choose to use over-the-counter insecticides, understand they may not be effective. The basis of Happyheads™ product line is natural and holistic; therefore the lice can never become resistant to them."

To prevent future lice outbreaks, Gordon recommends the following tips:

1. Keep your head to yourself. Tell kids to try to avoid head-to-head contact at school (in gym, on the playground, or during sports) and while playing at home with other children.

2. Sometimes it's better not to share. Warn children not to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, ribbons, barrettes, hair ties or bands, towels, helmets, or other personal care items with anyone else, whether they may have lice or not.

3. Stay away. Circle time at school is often held on a rug. Encourage kids to sit up straight (not lay down)! Tell kids not to lie on bedding, pillows, and carpets that in their friends' homes.

4. Did a classmate get head lice? If so, every three or four days, examine members of the household who have had close contact with a person who has lice. Check behind the ears and the nape for tiny off white to tan colored nits, or eggs. Nits are oval shaped and glued to the hair shaft. They don't "shake off" like dandruff - they have to be pulled to the end of the hair shaft to be removed. If your child gets lice, tell those folks your child has recently been exposed to, as well as his or her school nurse.

5. Slumber Party Bewares. If you have a daughter, chances are she's having sleepovers with her BFFs. Sleepovers and slumber parties are perfect for head lice transmittal.

6. Keep it natural. Many of nature's oils and herbs can be used as repellent for lice. Melissa suggests using natural oils, which is the foundation for Happyheads™ Bye-Bye Lice™ products, like tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, and peppermint.

7. Be a smart consumer. Many lice-treatment shampoos contain ingredients that have been banned as agricultural insecticides and are extremely toxic.

8. Keep it up. For girls, the best thing to do it to keep hair up. Braids are preferable.

9. Dirty it up. Lice prefer clean hair, so use hair spray, gel or leave-in conditioner on your kids' heads.

10. Blow dry children's hair every time you wash it. Lice and eggs can be killed with dry heat.

Founded in 2008, Happyheads™ Bye-Bye lice™ Nontoxic Shampoo, Combing Solution, and Oil and Spray Repellents are all-natural lice busting products available to use for the entire family. For more information call 1-800-257-6069 or visit http://www.happyheadsproducts.com.

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