Adults vs. Children: Who is more prone to catching lice?
School-aged children tend to be more prone to lice than adults, as they are often less concerned with personal space or care about it as much as adults do. Lice do not jump or fly, so the easiest way to spread and catch lice is through head-to-head contact.
However, that doesn’t mean adults are off the hook. Adults can get it through a hug, or cuddling with their kids, etc.
Why school-aged children sometimes catch lice more often than adults
Catching lice is a common problem among school-aged children. Children are most likely to catch head lice because they spend their days with other small children in places where they are within close proximity to one another.
School settings, preschool, daycare, dance classes, gymnastics, sports competitions or practices are all likely places children have direct contact with each other. Children are also more likely to sleep over at one another’s houses where they could catch more easily.
In addition, adults with small children at home are much more likely to contract head lice as well. Being in constant contact, sharing clothing and furniture with small children makes them vulnerable in ways other adults are not.
But, don’t let that fool you. There are still several other ways even adults without small children can catch head lice.
Although the risk is higher for school-aged children, do not consider adults immune to lice. Take precautions before and after school, before play dates or sleepovers, and when visiting friends and family.
The well-educated staff at Lice Clinics of Canada educate you on preventative treatments, should you have any questions. We also offer head checks for the family to ensure everyone remains lice free.