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Sarah Rowland, 32, from Arbroath took drastic measures to kill her son's lice
Lennon, five, came home after a few weeks at nursery with a head full of pests
Panicking, the mother-of-one grabbed cutters and 'gave him a grade two' chop
But, to her dismay, shearing off her son's blonde locks did not get rid of the lice
Published: 09:34 BST, 26 July 2017 | Updated: 13:56 BST, 26 July 2017
Head lice are one of the most unfortunate consequences of putting young children in a room together and letting them play.
And one mother has described how she took drastic action when, within just weeks of starting nursery school, five-year-old Lennon returned home with the creatures crawling around in his hair - and she panicked.
Instead of heading to the chemist for a bottle of strong chemicals, Sarah Rowland, from Arbroath, Scotland, told MailOnline how she shrieked and grabbed the nearest pair of hair cutters.
The 32-year-old then proceeded to shave off her son's blonde locks, but, to her dismay, having no hair to hide in did not deter the lice and they stayed put.
Before and after: To Sarah's dismay, shearing off her son's blonde locks did not get rid of the lice - and an expert says her tale is more common than you think
The mother puts her unusual actions down to sheer panic.
She told MailOnline: 'Lennon came home full of those horrid little pests. It was the first time that I had to deal with head lice, it made me upset as I didn't know how to get rid of them.
'So I grabbed the hair cutters and gave him a grade two, poor wee man!'
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But to her horror, the lice did not fall off with the strands of hair and instead continued to roam around Lennon's scalp.
Ms Rowland explained: 'After I had cut his hair I could still see the lice literally crawling on his head.
'It made me feel so sick. I had no idea that cutting his hair wouldn't make any difference or help to remove the lice.'
Instead of heading to the chemist for a bottle of strong chemicals, Sarah Rowland (pictured) told MailOnline how she shrieked and grabbed the nearest pair of hair cutters
It was only then that she took her son to the nearest pharmacy.
After trying a lice-removing gel, and combing Lennon's hair through with a nit comb, Ms Rowland said the bugs were 'just sliding off'.
And to her great relief, eight months later they have seen 'not a single sign of the little pests'.
While her actions might sound drastic Ms Rowland is just one of many parents who do not realise shaving their child's hair off will not get rid of lice nor stop them from catching them at school.
Head lice expert Ian Burgess told MailOnline the key things to remember about tackling head lice - and insisted that there are many myths that need to be busted.
Lennon's mother Sarah said: 'Lennon came home full of those horrid little pests. It was the first time that I had to deal with head lice, it made me upset as I didn't know how to get rid of them'
Lennon before having his head shaved; Sarah is just one of many parents who do not realise shaving their child's hair off will not get rid of lice nor stop them from catching them at school
He said: 'Sarah is not the first parent who has shaved their child's head to kill lice or minimise the chances of getting them.
'Head lice are able to survive on very short hair and it is also untrue that they only like certain types of hair. Head lice like all hair – clean, dirty, short, long – they're not fussy.
'Lice do not have a preference and if a parent doesn't treat the lice with an effective product they can spread further.'
The expert added: 'Over the years, I've heard parents recommend all kinds of worrying and unproven remedies such as mayonnaise, raw eggs and even fly spray.
'People often search online and find incorrect advice or follow unproven remedies which are talked about in the school playground.'
After trying a lice-removing gel, and combing Lennon's hair through with a nit comb, Ms Rowland said the bugs were 'just sliding off' - but it will take a while for his hair to grow back
Mr Burgess wanted to reassure parents, however, saying: 'Lice are a normal part of childhood and not something that parents should feel stressed or embarrassed about.
'The fact children are so tactile during play means that they're much more likely than adults to catch lice as they spread via head-to-head contact.
'Head lice do not have to be a nightmare to deal with as long as you use a clinically proven product rather than relying on old wives tales.'
The NHS website explicity advises against head shaving and other fabled remedies, including electric head lice combs tree and plant oil treatments such as tea tree and lavendar oils.
Expert reveals how to treat (and avoid) head lice
If you have decided shaving your child's head is not the best way to get rid of head lice, Ian Burgess suggests some less drastic alternatives:
. Check your child's hair for lice every week
. Buy a treatment lotion or spray from your local pharmacy (non-pesticide such as £5.99 Hedrin Once Spray Gel if you can)
. Avoidance tactics will not stop you from catching head lice although minimising head to head contact can help
. The website onceaweektakeapeek.co.uk has some great advice for parents on managing and treating head lice
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