French treatment for nits

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French treatment for nits

Postby ruggie » Thu 15 Sep 2011 09:31

It's la rentrée, and our local paper came up with an article about one of those problems that appear even in the best of homes: head lice.

Very contagious (a bit like verrucas in swimming pools), but easy enough to cure if you do it right. The article commented that ordinary shampoos are no use - you need an insecticide shampoo - and that it is more effective to use a cream and leave it for a long period.

However, this being France, they also mentioned a folk remedy that they claim works every time: mayonnaise

You slather the child's head in mayonnaise, then let him/her sleep wearing a shower cap and wash it off in the morning.
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Postby Dave » Thu 15 Sep 2011 16:32

I wonder how much of the effectiveness comes from the mayonnaise and how much from the shower cap?

Sounds like a plausible (if somewhat uncomfortable) remedy, though. Especially if, as all the nit nurses used to say, headlice prefer clean scalps.
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