Head lice like selfies as much as kids, study finds

New research confirms what many parents might have suspected - kids crowding around for selfies doubles their chances of getting head lice.

The finding comes with the arrival of a new heat treatment for lice just as students head back to school.

"I don't want to even see them again - I don't," said Natarsha Gibson.

A new study has found kids crowding for selfies increases their chance of getting lice. Source: 7 News
A new study has found kids crowding for selfies increases their chance of getting lice. Source: 7 News
The selfies can double their chances of getting lice. Source: 7 News
The selfies can double their chances of getting lice. Source: 7 News

The Brisbane mother-of-three knows all about nit-picking.

Over the years she's cleaned out the chemist looking for lotions and potions that actually work.

"You could sit there for a good hour or two, maybe even longer, just trying to comb through, get them out," she told 7 News.

"And then you think you've got it, and then the next day they're still scratching."

A new treatment available for $99 is guaranteed to knock the lice out dead. Source: 7 News
A new treatment available for $99 is guaranteed to knock the lice out dead. Source: 7 News

New British research confirms squeezing up for selfies gives lice a magic moment of their own, finding there is twice the chance to spread from head to head.

"Nits are a constant bane and there's nothing we're going to be able to do to get rid of them - ever," said Ian Lowe, a Lice Clinics Australia spokesman.

The heat treatment comes kills the lice and their eggs. Source: 7 News
The heat treatment comes kills the lice and their eggs. Source: 7 News

There's a new method for dealing with the parasites that's much like a home hairdryer.

The hour-long remedy blows warm air through the scalp, drying and killing lice and their eggs.

It comes with a one-month guarantee. Source: 7 News
It comes with a one-month guarantee. Source: 7 News

"And then we comb them out and that effectively kills any chance of reinfestation because there's no eggs to regrow," said Lowe.

The $99 process is backed by published science and a one-month guarantee.

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