Selfies could be putting your child’s health at risk

Lice

Do you take “selfies?”

Do your kids take selfies with friends?

Now some parents are saying not so fast for health reasons, lice.

Is it true teens are getting lice by taking too many selfies? Health experts say no.

However, one hair salon owner said she is seeing an increase in teen head lice.

“When the middle school and high school kids get together to take their selfie and they are together for a prolonged time, where they are taking 20 or 30 pictures, they are looking at YouTube videos together, that the lice is crawling from one head to the next,” Marcy McQuillan said, who treats head lice.

Most doctors say although lice can travel from one head to another, the amount of time a typical selfie takes to snap wouldn’t generally be long enough to get lice.

Sharing combs, hats and bedding are still more common ways to get and give lice.


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