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How do you catch head lice?

One of the questions that parents ask us is how is it that my children keep getting head lice?

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How do you catch head lice?

Head lice are highly contagious and can be easily caught through direct contact between children and adults, particularly when there is head-to-head proximity, such as hugging, leaning over in conversation or taking a selfie.


Lice can also be caught by sharing personal items that come into contact with the head, such as combs, brushes, hats, scarves and helmets. Head lice can survive off the human scalp for up to 48 hours, so it is possible to catch head lice by sharing items from someone with head lice even if head lice are not present.


Contrary to popular belief, head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and anyone can get them, regardless of their hygiene or socioeconomic status. However, certain factors can increase your risk of head lice infestations, including:

  • Being around someone with head lice

  • Sharing personal items that come into contact with the head

  • have long hair

  • Being a child between 3 and 11 years old

  • Attend school or daycare

  • Participating in activities that involve direct head contact, such as sports, sleepovers, or camping.

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