A child can contract head lice in a number of ways.
- Contact with an already infested person. Personal contact is common during play, school, or sports activities, and at school, home, slumber parties, or camp
- Wearing infested clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons
- Using infested combs, brushes, or towels
- Lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with a person with lice
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