A new study finds kids with smartphones or tablets are more likely to have head lice. Say what?!

One of the explanations that do make sense is that transmission of nits occurs when children gather around the devices.

Also taking selfies was found to increase the likelihood of suffering from lice – but the risk was not statistically significant, according to researchers from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who presented their findings to the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference in Liverpool.

Questionnaires were given to all parents attending the paediatric outpatient department at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, over a one-month period, reports 9 news.

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Researchers found that only 29.5 per cent of youngsters who did not have a smartphone or tablet had head lice compared to 62.5 per cent who owned such devices. Not surprisingly 55 per cent of those performing selfies experienced head lice.

Researchers said this raises “interesting questions” about how lice are transmitted.

“Compared to previous estimates of head lice incidence, our figures were much higher, showing that almost half of children have had them in the last five years, which may not come as a surprise to parents,” said one of the researchers, Dr Tess McPherson.

“We also noted that children with smartphones or tablets were more likely to get head lice, which is interesting but we can only guess that this is due to the way that young people gather around them, though there could be other reasons.”

Hmmm interesting point! You can’t really argue with the results and kids do often huddle together over the ipad. It is definitely a possibility.

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  • head lice is just almost a constant thing at schools these days and the teacher told us it’s because of the hot weather lol. it gets expensive so i just comb through every few days to try and be vigilant to prevent the outbreak


  • Makes complete sense, since to view the screen hair would come into contact with other hair.


  • Nits don’t care if your hair is clean or dirty either. Constant hair washing will not prevent them from invading your child’s hair if they come into contact with them


  • Anytime kids have their heads close together is a good chance of catching nits – sleepovers , classrooms, etc the best way to ensure you don’t get them is to follow all the tips and advice.

    My eldest has had them once in the 10 years she has been alive and my youngest (6) has never had them – but each month we get a note home from their classes saying that there is nits in the school again! – I think it falls down to SOME parents being particularly lazy and not treating properly before sending them back to school!


  • An interesting study and l can see why!


  • Yes, I can just see the huddles now!


  • Kids gather around the ipads together indeed ! Mine cuddle together watching tele too.
    Headlice can be soooo persistent. I hate those little buggers. We just had an invasion and it took me 3 months (!!!) of daily treating to get my son’s head clear of lice.


  • If more parents would bloody treat them they wouldn’t be so damn prevalant.


  • I would have never imagined a correlation. But, yes, with selfies there is a chance indeed.


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