How does a child normally get scabies?

Other People. Scabies is a highly contagious disease usually spread from person to person. Often in crowded situations such as day cares.
Scabies. Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin condition caused by an infestation by the itch mite sarcoptes scabiei. Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission. A severe and relentless itch is the predominant symptom of scabies.