Updated on July 19, 2020
Teens are especially sensitive about having lice. In general, the group that dislikes getting lice the most is definitely teenagers. Young children often feel no stigma and some may not even feel itchy. Teens, on the other hand, have their hands full dealing with every day social issues. The LAST thing they want is a case of head lice.
Parents need to access their "inner calm" when finding lice on a teenager, and that can certainly be challenging! Upon finding lice on her 16 year old daughter's head, Abbeville mom, Heather, told us she literally screamed which made the situation much worse. "I am telling y'all, I did not do my daughter or myself any favors. I thought once she got out of elementary school, we were safe. I noticed she was scratching for a few days but it did not dawn on me that she might have lice. When I decided I should check, I almost died when I saw what looked like A LOT of eggs.
Then I saw the bug and I shrieked! My daughter started to cry. She was petrified that her friends would find out and disown her! I called the family doctor who told me to immediately call LiceDoctors. That was a wonderful suggestion as they came right away, she is all clear, and now we are (almost) able to laugh at our reaction."
Typical Way Teens Pass Along Head Lice
The most important thing to know about transferring head lice is that the most common way is direct head to head exposure. Sure you can get lice from a hat or a chair, but that is unusual. Lice only want to leave a human head (the source of their food) if they find another human head.
1. Hanging out
Teens generally love to hang with their friends and while that can be a source of enjoyment it may also be a source of passing around head lice. As a parent of teens, you probably have witnessed that seeing each other after an hour or a day may be cause for a giant hug. That’s all lice need to crawl from one head to another.
2. Playing video games
This activity may seem innocent enough but kids who play video games may be staring at the screen while sitting next to each other for hours. That is the perfect scenario for lice to transfer themselves off of one kid and on to another. Lice do not fly; they crawl. When two people are seated next to each other for hours, the lice have plenty of time to transport themselves.
3. Attending parties
Yep, you got it. Chat, dance, sit around and spend the evening in close contact with each other. You know what can happen.
4. Sleeping over at a friend’s house
That is ideal...for lice, that is. If your child and her friend sleep in the same bed with heads near each other, that gives lice easy access. It is important to note that lice are more active at night so sleepovers are ideal for lice transference if one person is infested.
5. Playing on sports teams
High school competitive sports bring out all sorts of emotions and there’s nothing like a home run or game winning basket to evoke lots of hugs or one big team hug. When that happens, be on the lookout for a case. My daughter picked up a case of lice at camp when she was on the tumbling team. In fact, several girls on the team got it.
6. Studying together
All it takes is for your child to work on a group project for school or participate in a science lab...so may opportunities for head to head contact. While these activities are unavoidable and you probably don’t want your child to miss out on these collaborative projects, be aware that they may be a conduit for lice passage.
7. Taking selfies
In our experience, selfies usually do not lead to the passing of head lice, but hey you never know. The reason selfies usually do not result in lice transference is that the heads are together for such a short period of time. Nonetheless, if a louse is ready to leave the head and another head presents itself, the louse will move and move quickly!
8. Attending camp
Well nothing like a summer at camp to lead to a spike in the incidence of head lice. In fact, July and August are the months with the highest incidence of head lice. Kids at camp are all over each other...playing sports or hanging out. One case of head lice at camp usually ends up being a lot of cases of lice.
9. Riding the bus to school
Again, we know that kids sit right next to another kid on the school bus seats. It is hard to protect yourself from getting lice when you are sitting right next to someone for a half hour riding to school. In the winter wearing a hat may be a deterrent especially if hair is pulled up into the hat. In general, teens with long hair are best served by pulling heir up and wearing it in a bun. Making the hair less accessible to lice is a good deterrent.
10 Hugging lice carrying sister or brother
Living in close quarters with someone who has lice strongly suggests that other people in the family will get it as well. As a matter of fact, if one child is infested then chances are 70% that a sibling will have it.
Slumber parties, video game time, and selfies are just a few activities that can contribute to the spread of lice among teens. If your teen has lice in the Greenville, South Carolina area, call LiceDoctors today at 864-214-6933 and an experienced technician will come directly to your home so there is no chance of bumping into a classmate at a lice clinic or salon. The treatment is efficient and effective and is totally private. That is a guarantee!