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How do kids get head lice?

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These pesky creatures don’t fly or jump -- they crawl over to the closest head they can find. This is called head-to-head contact, and most people get lice this way. But they also can spread onto hats, helmets, combs, bedding, pillows -- even ear buds. They can spread when these things are shared. Young children may get or spread lice when crawling on rugs.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Head Lice: Overview,” “Head Lice: Tips for Managing.”

CDC: “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Body Lice,” “Parasites-Lice-Head Lice,” Parasites-Lice-Head Lice: Biology.”

KidsHealth: “Head Lice.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Head Lice: Overview,” “Head Lice: Tips for Managing.”

CDC: “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Body Lice,” “Parasites-Lice-Head Lice,” Parasites-Lice-Head Lice: Biology.”

KidsHealth: “Head Lice.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 2, 2019

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