Putting our children at risk

In early 2006, a number of national papers reported the findings of a key study by France’s prestigious National Institute for Medical Research. (Click here to view a larger image of the article.)

The Institute found that insecticides used in popular head lice treatments can double the risk of a child developing leukaemia – which today kills more children than any other disease in the UK.

Head lice immunity

These concerns aren't new. Scientists have long suspected that spreading insecticides on the heads of children might have serious consequences. But there's another reason we should be looking at alternative ways of treating head lice. Head lice are becoming increasingly immune to these toxins.

Taken together, these findings pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of our children. Faced with their failure to cure head lice, many parents will simply administer greater doses of potentially harmful lotions.

A natural remedy?

Concerned parents are seeking a natural alternative to toxic chemical lotions. But do these remedies work? Our 17 page report (left) explores all the issues.

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Did you know?

Head lice are small, grey-brown, six-legged insects which feed on blood taken from the scalp, attaching themselves firmly to hair using specially adapted claws.

Did you know?

The female head louse can lay more than 100 fertile eggs throughout her 30 day life, gluing each to a separate hair. The common name for these eggs is 'nits'.

Did you know?

Head lice can't jump, swim or fly, and only move from one person to another during close and persistent head-to-head contact. Children are most at risk.
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