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How Frequently Do Siblings Get Head Lice?

How Frequently Do Siblings Get Head Lice?
Updated on 
April 11, 2017

Consider the photo to the right. This is a picture of lice and nits (lice eggs) that were removed from a girl's head in the Metro East area of Illinois. Her older sister was sent home from school with head lice from the middle school. Mom called us to say that her one daughter had lice but she thought that her younger child was clear as the child had shown no signs of itchiness. Mom had checked the hair but didn't see anything. As you can see there are, in fact, lice and nits on the napkin. Our technician pulled these from the hair with the LiceDoctors' comb and swiped them on a paper towel. It is very common for parents to miss an infestation in the hair, particularly when a child shows no symptoms such as head scratching. The lice and nits are obvious on a paper towel but not so on the head as they blend into the hair. Sisters often unwittingly share lice with each other. So what are the chances that siblings will contract a case from each other? Actually, the odds are high. We find lice in more than one child in a family about 65% of the time. Moms have an even greater chance of getting lice from their child. The reason for the frequency of lice transmission within a family is because family members are likely to be in close contact with each other. Since head lice are transmitted from head to head, families are very likely to catch lice from each other. If you reside in Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, or Saint Clair counties, LiceDoctors will make a house call to you today. Don't endure lice any longer than you need to, call us today at 618-307-0100. You will be pleased that you did.

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