Selfies are helping the spread of head lice, according to a leading pharmacist.
As children return to school this week, the Irish Pharmacy Union is urging parents across the South East to screen their children for lice.
Close contact between students typically leads to a surge in infestation, and 1 in 10 children between the ages of four and 16 will contract head lice at some point
Pharmacist Tómas Conefrey explains:
"People have been coming in over the last couple of weeks saying that their kids are not at school but they're still finding traces of head lice.
"Parents have put two and two together and said that 'well they've been taking a lot of selfies over the summer, so would that have something to do with it?'.
He went on to say that head lice is noting for parents to be too worried about.
"It's just a normal part of life and it's nothing to be embarrassed about.
"These things happen to children all the time and in the South East, there's plenty of pharmacists who'd only be too happy to have a chat about it with parents."