Mother picks nits from daughter's hair
Ah, October. The leaves are turning, the air is crisp and the kids have settled into their school routines. The return of fall is wonderful, isn't it? Except for one thing. Head lice.

It's the scourge of schools and daycares across the country, and the chronic problem no one really wants to talk about. First of all, let's get something straight. Getting (or not getting) lice has nothing to do with how clean or how dirty your child's hair is. It happens to everyone. (Lice are indiscriminate that way.)

So what's the solution? Sure, commercial lice shampoos and sprays will decimate them. But not all parents want to use chemicals. If you want to go a more natural route, you can handle lice with common household ingredients.

(Just note: if your child is experiencing severe irritation or what you're doing isn't working, see your doctor.)

And don't panic! Lice are pesky, but you can get rid of them. It just takes a few treatments (and a few loads of laundry). So are you scratching your head yet?

Read on for our natural nit- and lice-removal suggestions.

Natural ways to get rid of lice

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