Reliable data on how many people get head lice each year in the United States are not available; however, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. Some studies suggest that girls get head lice more often than boys, probably due to more frequent head-to-head contact. That is about 1 in 20 school age children. Head lice is the second biggest reason children miss school, behind the common cold.
However, the number of people that get head lice is probably much more than that from what we see. Mostly because the numbers are severely under reported.
The most frequent age group we treat is girls, ages 10-13. Mom’s get lice about 85% of the time their children get it, especially mom’s with children under the ages of 12. The primary reasons for this is head lice is spread through hair-to-hair contact. It is very common for girls in their middle school years to have sleep overs, hug each other, take selfies and make videos such as TikTok videos with their cell phones. It is also very common for children to still sleep next to their parents full time or some of the time up until around that age group.
20 years ago, cell phones did not exist so there was less hair-to-hair contact. Also, there was product that was more effective to kill head lice. Almost All Lice Are Now Resistant to Over-the-Counter Treatment. The vast majority of head lice in the United States are now resistant to most over-the-counter treatments, meaning that it’s now especially difficult to vanquish the tiny blood-sucking parasites.
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