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Head Lice and Best Friends Forever (BFFS)

two children hugging fiercely

Updated on July 13, 2020

BFFs are the best. Right? Yes, except when it comes to head lice!

As moms of daughters, LiceDoctors Lice Treatment Service owners Wendy Beck and Karen Sokoloff are amazed at how affectionate girls are today with their friends. Each greeting with friends is a cause for excitement and, yes, hugs. While this social trend may be good for the soul, it is not great for head lice prevention. We have been treating kids who have head lice for over 20 years and this trend is one piece of the puzzle as to why head lice have been on the rise over the past several years.

little girls hugging fiercely

When we grew up, we greeted our friends whom we saw every day with a "hey" and much less "drama". Girls today are so much more demonstrative and in the lice world this translates to more opportunities for the exchange of head lice. Of course, every hug does not transfer lice but today's world of increased "hugginess" sure gives lice more chances to go from head to head.

It is unlikely that kids are going to allow head lice to change their social patterns which adds a burden to parents to be more vigilant in terms of monitoring heads for lice. If your child has been with friends, particularly on a sleep over, we recommend that you do a quick check of the head in bright light. If you see signs of lice or translucent lice eggs stuck to the hair, give us a call. A LiceDoctors technician will be at your home when you need us.

Remember: when it comes to head lice, LiceDoctors is your BFF.

rear view of two long haired people side hugging, heads touching