How do i know if my sons got worms?

Alana - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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he sometimes holds his bum and he was saying it tickles today are there any other symptoms? how doi know if he has got worms? xx

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Tracey - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi Alana,



I know the thought of any of us getting worms isn't the most pleasant. But with kids it is something that is more common than most realize. If you are overly concerned about what's going on with your child's health then,of course, take him to the doctor. But it sounds to me like a typical case of pinworms. A well recognized over the counter medication that I would suggest would be Combantrin. Ask a pharmacist about it. If necessary (and it will probably be advised), the entire family can take it as a precautionary measure - this will ensure you won't be dealing with the same problem again anytime soon. And make sure while taking the medication; to wash all bed linens, wash and vacuum floors, and clean any pet areas. Good luck.



Sincerely,

Tracey Alderson

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Tracey - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Tracey:

Hi Alana,

I know the thought of any of us getting worms isn't the most pleasant. But with kids it is something that is more common than most realize. If you are overly concerned about what's going on with your child's health then,of course, take him to the doctor. But it sounds to me like a typical case of pinworms. A well recognized over the counter medication that I would suggest would be Combantrin. Ask a pharmacist about it. If necessary (and it will probably be advised), the entire family can take it as a precautionary measure - this will ensure you won't be dealing with the same problem again anytime soon. And make sure while taking the medication; to wash all bed linens, wash and vacuum floors, and clean any pet areas. Good luck.

Sincerely,
Tracey Alderson



One thing I meant to mention.  Combantrin seems to be a pretty safe medication but like most it has some stipulations.  Children under one year old and pregnant women SHOULD NOT take combantrin.  Again, good luck and take care.



Tracey Alderson 

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2009

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Quoting Kate:

Signs of worm infestation: sudden weight loss, increased appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, severe gas, bloating, and larvae in stool and/or vomit. If you are really worried your son has worms he needs to be seen by the doctor. To prevent worms make sure you wash hands before handling any food products and after petting/playing/handling pets or pet items. If you have a sand box for him to play with make sure it's got a cover to it and it's covered at all times when he's not playing in it. Check it regularly for cat fecal matter and treat the yard with a child and pet safe pesticide (yes, they do exist).


The most common symptom of pinworms is itching around the anus. It is worse at night when the female worm deposits her eggs on the person infected. This can lead to difficulty getting a good night's . This intense itching is felt to be due to an inflammatory response to the adult worm and her eggs in the perianal tissue. If severe scratching occurs, the skin may break down and allow development of a secondary bacterial infection.




Pinworms do not cause is controversial.



 



http://www.emedicinehealth.com/pinworms/...



 

Ally - posted on 06/09/2009

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Worms come out at night...something I learned in nursing school while working with kids was to take a piece of scotch tape early in the morning right before the sun comes up and spread the butt cheeks and put the sticky side of the tape right on the anus. If the worms are there you will be able to see them when you pull the tape away. It's a good trick since they usually aren't able to be seen during a doctors visit in the middle of the day. Hope it helps.

Kate CP - posted on 06/07/2009

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Signs of worm infestation: sudden weight loss, increased appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, severe gas, bloating, and larvae in stool and/or vomit. If you are really worried your son has worms he needs to be seen by the doctor. To prevent worms make sure you wash hands before handling any food products and after petting/playing/handling pets or pet items. If you have a sand box for him to play with make sure it's got a cover to it and it's covered at all times when he's not playing in it. Check it regularly for cat fecal matter and treat the yard with a child and pet safe pesticide (yes, they do exist).

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My mother in law is a er nurse for the past few years but for 20 years she worked in peds. They will have a raw rump, and it will hurt as well as his tummy. And I agree with Amanda that you can check the poop. I didnt know there was an OTC though to treat pin worms. Best of luck and hope that he gets feeling better.

Amanda - posted on 06/04/2009

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Look in his poop, there will be little white worms within it, if he has pin worms. There is over the counter medcation for pin worms.

Suzannah - posted on 06/04/2009

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Poor guy - how uncomfortable! I would take him to the pediatrician right away.

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