Pinworms!

Adrienne - posted on 09/23/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I just confirmed last night that my toddler and probably myself and everyone else here, has pinworms. I plan on persuing a natural method of treatment because we won't have any health insurance for 3 months. The problem is, My husband, son, and I live with my sister, her husband, and their 4 kids. While I have explained things, and and trying to get the family to adopt good hygeine habits, they won't! I am the only person that cleans a lot of the time, and one of the kids has a wiping problem. I am worried that we are going to be stuck with this until we move out. I know that every surface must be cleaned every day, and we have to wash bed linens and sheets as well. This is physically impossible to do on my own! Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated. I know it isn't pleasant, but will this seriously affect my LO until we can get out to a place where we can control our environment? I am a very worried momma...

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Wendy - posted on 09/24/2011

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Kids most of the time get pinworms from animals and sanboxes, since animals tend to use it as a litter box. My mom Had my sister eat the phospherous part off of the end of matches when she had them. It took care of them. Not sure if you want to try it but it worked. Don't worry just keep every thing washed in hot water to kill them so they don't spred. They can move from your underclothes onto your other clothes so keep everyone's seperate and washed in hot water.

Tara - posted on 09/23/2011

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You may want to point out to your sister that the infection probably came from her children (it is most common in school-age children). I would also let her know that side effects for women/girls can include pelvic inflammatory disease and infection of the vulva/vagina.

This is a serious concern and since it will be affecting so many people your are definitely well within your rights to point out that you need help with containing the situation. Maybe you can work out a chore chart where everyone can pitch in to help? The linens apparently only need to done twice a week or so and the other main things will be the toilets need to be done daily and general good handwashing and personal hygiene need to be maintained.

I found this link for additional information that might help: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth...

I've also found a couple of links for natural remedies for pinworms and some relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ones: http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/art...

http://www.getridofthings.com/parasites/...

Most of the natural remedies I found suggest a diet high in garlic will help. Hopefully you can get this sorted out soon, I wish you luck.

Kelly - posted on 02/19/2014

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Pinworms DO NOT come from fecal matter of dogs OR cats!!! You cannot get them from fleas either. That is tapeworms, which are a very different parasite. Pinworms are passed from person to person. The CDC website is very informative regarding all parasites, including pinworms. There are many natural remedies. Good luck!!

Sarah - posted on 09/26/2011

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Sorry long, but I have been there and this WORKED for me!!!

First of all you are not alone in the yucky infestation department we will all deal with worms, lice, fleas, ticks etc at some point.

Nasty little creatures!! I dislike parasites they are just creepy, but you can help prevent them in the future by adopting a more balanced diet.



A proper balance of alkaline foods to acidic foods helps to discourage parasites. The ideal ratio of alkaline to acidic is 4:1. Alkaline foods include the following: figs, most fruits, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, herbs and spices, molasses, olives, soybeans, cucumbers, spinach, real maple syrup, beets, avocadoes, almonds, carrots, chestnuts, potatoes, canteloupe, lettuce, pineapples, cocoanuts, baked beans, cabbage, cherries, sprouted seeds and grains (they become alkaline through the sprouting process).



Acidic foods include the following: egg yolk is the most acidic, most grains except millet and buckwheat, most carbohydrates (like pastas), wheat germ, chicken, beef, liver, lamb chops, cod fish, coffee, processed sugar, alcohol, cola drinks, catsup, cocoa, flour products, mustard, and dairy products. Such fruits as prunes, cranberries, plums and their juice are acidic. All food with added sugars become acidic.



Acidophilis (good bacteria gotten from eating yogurt or in pill form from your local pharmacy) is another way to keep your body clean of invaders and help with digestion as parasites thrive in enviroments where there is a fecal build up.



Keeping your body free of parasites means not only are do you need to prevent them from making you their home, but you have to get RID of them if you have them...

1. Grapefruitseed extract (citiricidal liquid) use 2-3 drops (1-2 for children under 12) without food 2-3x per day.

2. Black Walnut Liquid (paracleanz-non-alcoholic version) 35 drops (20 drops childern under 12) 3x daily without food. Continue with this regimine for at least 2 weeks (up to 8 weeks) and you will be WORM FREE!!

During this time- a few times a day- instead of plain water drink lemon water, using slices of lemon peel, seeds, and juice (NO SUGAR!!!). It is cleansing for the whole system and will help eliminate worms in children.

Good Luck

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2011

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Pinworms are spread to people through fleas. Do you have a lot of dogs, or maybe a puppy or older dog?

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Randy - posted on 09/18/2013

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I think some ppl are getting tapeworms and pinworms confused. Tapeworms come from animals that have ingested fleas that carry the Tapeworm larvae, not pinworms. Pinworms are passed person to person

Julie - posted on 09/28/2011

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Worming medicine is cheap - and tastes fairly good!
Garlic gets rid of worms... so eat spaghetti with lots of garlic and then to top it off ... add garlic toast to your diet for several days as the eggs will be hatching and you want to kill those new worms.

Karin - posted on 09/27/2011

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It's disheartening, but keep at it! After the initial wipe down, vacuum and mopping of the house, it does get easier! :D
I hope everyone get's to feeling better and not grossed out! Or maybe you should gross them out to get them going? LOL! Good luck sweetie!

Adrienne - posted on 09/27/2011

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Where did you guys get the information that says pinworms come from fleas or cats and dogs? My doc told me that the only way pinworms can spread from animals is by the eggs getting on the fur of the animal, then in the mouth of the child. If she or I are misinformed I would greatly like to know. Thanks!
Thank you guys for all the awesome support. I feel a lot less freaked now, lol.

Karin - posted on 09/26/2011

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We just dealt with this at our house this summer. You need to clean the house (every surface), as the eggs can be carried in the air if dislodged for the first 3-4 days of taking medication. Very carefully take your bedding off, as that is where most of the eggs will reside. Our doctor gave us Mebendazole pills, and I believe that you can get Pyrantel Pamoate over the counter. We took one pill, and then another 2 weeks later. Treat the whole family, and keep everyone's hands washed. We used sanitized wipes on all of the flat surfaces, and got hand wipes for the bathroom. We also put a roll of paper towels on our towel bar so the kids wouldn't reinfect everyone again with a towel. We also wiped down the toilet seat before using it with an antibacterial wipe, so as not to reinfect as well.

Also, look up how much of the black walnut you are going to take, how it may affect your children. It can be toxic.

Good luck, and I hope this goes away quickly!

Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2011

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You should go to a website called EARTHCLINIC.com. I love it and they have great natural remedies for this type of stuff. Was everything in Borax. Put 1 tsp of borax in a spray bottle with water and white vinager. Spray everything, matresses, carpets, counters, bathrooms etc. Wash all bedding and clothing with a mix of detergent and borax. Supplements that work great are wormwood, garlic, cloves, and black walnut. I found a combo of these in liquid form from amazon. I gave it to everyone without most of them knowing. Put it in strong flavored food like coffee, hot cocoa, and anything that already tastes like cloves (pies, cookies, cakes). Garlic can be found in pill form if kids don't like it. Otherwise you can up the amount you cook with to boost the intake with everyone. I learned all of this from the website above:) It worked for my family of 7.

Sherri - posted on 09/25/2011

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Sorry never heard of them, so have no idea what they are or how to help.

Angie - posted on 09/25/2011

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I dont have help to post. Just to say good luck. I lived with family for 8 months that wouldnt help and didnt want to parent the way that I do. I am still trying to my kids back to normal. It sounds like the sooner you get out of there the better though. **HUGS** and Good Luck!!!

Adrienne - posted on 09/24/2011

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From all the information I can find, pinworms are actually not spread from animals at all. Other types of worms are, but not pinworms, They are a solely human parasite. They lay eggs on a person's anus and then are spread by scratching, touching things, and eventually ingesting the eggs that then continue the life cycle.

Adrienne - posted on 09/24/2011

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Thank you so much. I was kinda freaking out there, lol. I called my local herbalist and he instructed my family on what to take (Black Walnut) and a less labor intensive way to kill all of the eggs. Hopefully we will get through it soon.

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