my three year old keeps scratching his ass, wat can i do to stop this?
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Tracey - posted on 05/26/2010
If it is worms you don't need to look at his butt, just look at the poo and see if there is anything white and wriggly. You can get medication over the counter from your pharmacist to treat it and they suggest treating the whole family at the same time.
If he only does this at night I wonder if it is worms, I work in a school and our worm infested kids scratch non stop during the day. If your son has a bath at night time and this is the only time he scratches could it be a allergy to the bubble bath or anything else you use in your night time routine?
Sarah - posted on 05/26/2010
Sounds like thread worms. This can be treated easily with medication, but the whole family must take them. Change and wash all bedding on a hot wash, and iron it afterwards to kill any eggs, same with any night clothes. Buy a good nail brush, and make sure the whole family wash their hands including scrubbing under their nails every morning, and after each bowel movment. Try not to bite nails, suck fingers etc. Don't share towels or flannels. Make sure kitchen hygene (washing hands before handling food) is stuck to. Sounds like a long list, but it will all help.
Don't be embarrased about it, they reckon 40% of kids in the UK have worms at any one time. It's as prevelent as headlice, but not so obvious.
Paula - posted on 05/26/2010
Pinworms are very common in preschool children. If you take him to daycare, or he plays with other kids he can get them from the kids. If he is infested, they will be most active at night, to check, and this sounds gross, but go in when he's sleeping, and open his little cheeks and check his rectum, there will be little white worms wiggling, causing the itching. You could call the doctor and tell them you suspect that he has them and do what they tell you, but there is medicine and it's easy to take. EVERYONE in the family should take the medicine because there can be cross contamination. Wash all clothing and bedding in hot water.
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Kate CP - posted on 05/26/2010
Time for a trip to the doctor. Don't forget to bring a stool sample.
Also, how the hell does vaseline kill worms? Speaking from a veterinary stand point, it wouldn't do a damn thing. So I have no idea how it would work in humans?
Louise - posted on 05/26/2010
Blimey I live in the UK and never come across a kid with worms! If you suspect your child has a parasite then take him down the doctors pronto. He must be really uncomfortable poor sole. Worms are easy to treat but they do have a nasty habit of coming back. Reinforce the importance of hand washing after using the toilet and before you eat. This is nothing to be embarassed about the doctor has seen it all before and more. Good luck!
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